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How Not to Start Third Grade
Contributor(s): Hapka, Cathy, Titlebaum, Ellen, Palen, Debbie (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0375839046     ISBN-13: 9780375839047
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: July 2007
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Annotation: Will should be excited to start third grade. But his little brother, Steve, is starting kindergarten. The same laugh-out-loud writing and hilarious illustrations that were showcased in "How Not to Babysit Your Brother" now portray the tribulations and embarrassments of starting school with a very troublesome little brother. Full color.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
First day of school; Juvenile fiction.
Brothers; Juvenile fiction.
Schools; Juvenile fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Readers
- Juvenile Fiction | Readers
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | New Experience
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2005030497
Lexile Measure: 450
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Series: Step into Reading. Step 4
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.25" W x 0.25" (0.25 lbs) 48 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 116272
Reading Level: 2.9   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Will should be excited to start third grade. But his little brother, Steve, is starting kindergarten. The same laugh-out-loud writing and hilarious illustrations that brought us "How Not to Babysit Your Brother "now portray the tribulations and embarrassments of starting school with a very troublesome little brother. School will never be the same

Cathy Hapka and Ellen Titlebaum are the authors of many books for children. This is their second book about Will and Steve. They live in Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, and New York City, respectively.
Debbie Palen has illustrated many books for children, including "How Not to Babysit Your Brother "and the first four books in the Andrew Lost series. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio.


Contributor Bio(s): Cathy Hapka has written more than 100 books for children and young adults. At home on her small farm in Chester County, Pennsylvania, she enjoys reading and writing, horseback riding, animals of all kinds, gardening, and music.

Ellen Titlebaum is the author of numerous books for young readers. Her titles include How Not to Babysit Your Brother and How to Start Third Grade, among others.

Debbie Palen's illustrations have appeared in a range of media, including the app market, advertising, young adult books, and children’s publishing. She is currently focusing her talents on picture books.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring)
In this story for independent readers, Will (How Not to Babysit Your Brother) is excited to start third grade. But with a disaster-prone brother entering kindergarten, expect chaos. Will's helpful tips ("#2: Never let anyone see you in the hall with your little brother") and the exaggerated cartoon illustrations set the tone for this over-the-top story. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 July)

Gr 2–3— This very slight book should be called How to Turn off Newly Independent Readers . Longer paragraphs with fewer illustrations look great on the surface in this "Step 4" reader. Unfortunately, the story, in which Will describes his first day of third grade, is completely unbelievable. His brother is starting kindergarten. When the boys arrive at school, Steve is off and running—tearing around the halls, banging on the lockers, and creating total chaos. Will tries to ignore him but when the family dog finds his way into the school cafeteria, everybody and everything goes wild. While all of this is silly, it is not realistic. No school lets new students (kindergarteners, no less) roam the halls on their own or allows a food fight in the cafeteria. The illustrations are just as wild as the story with little to offer except for a pretty good description of what should not happen. This title fails to be funny; it's simply frenzied.—Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City

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