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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Summary: Mom warns Bubba. Dad warns Bubba. Even Becky, Bubba's baby sister, warns Bubba. But on his first day of fourth grade, at a new school, with a teacher that looks like Barbie, Bubba's nervous habit prevails: He sticks his finger up his nose and it gets stuck! EVERYONE tries to help Bubba: his teacher, his classmates, the school nurse, even the fire department. No luck. Is Mom right? Will he stay like this forever? This chapter book presents a humorous story for dealing with the fears of making a good impression.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, middle grade reader
Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 12; read yourself: 8 to 12
Age of Child: Shared with 6-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter is hooked on Bubba. We shared a chapter each day before school, and she COULDN'T wait to read together each morning. At the end of the day, she'd immediately start talking about what we had read in the morning.
Adult Reader Reaction: We giggled as much as our daughter! This is a fun story to read, and we were happy to help her start the day with a smile! We were a little concerned she'd pick up and start repeating some of the lines, but that hasn't happened.
Pros: This is a fun, visual story that kids of all ages will love. There is enough "ew yuck" to make them laugh, but not so much that parent's will find the story disgusting. It will be a reluctant reader's page turner!
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. Your kids will likely want to read this a couple of times and share it with their friends. This is the kind of book strong readers and remedial readers will both enjoy.
Educational Themes: Mom can use this book to say "See, Mom's know everything" and there are some opportunities to talk about nervous habits, overcoming fear, friendship, and (thanks to Nurse Needlebottom) personal safety. But it really is meant to be humorous recreational reading.
Literary Categories: Fiction - humor, growing up, self esteem, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: November 2007
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