First a disclaimer, this is a book intended for boys, I am not a boy. I did not enjoy this book and I don’t think it should come close to your library. I think Mike and Steve missed the boat on this one. Raymond and Graham are entering grade four. They are looking forward to ‘ruling’ the school. It all goes down hill from there. The lead up is Raymond’s fear of having a particularly nasty teacher but this doesn’t end up being the central story line at all. I feel like I bought orange juice and then it was grapefruit. The main story revolves around the Christmas play and the boys’ crushes on a couple of girls. Boys in grade four, in my experience, do not have crushes on girls. They are still pretty sure girls are disgusting and want as little to do with them as possible. The story is set in an American elementary school which finishes after grade four, in my neck of the woods, elementary school ends in grade eight so the story line fits for a grade eight group of boys but these guys are 9 years old. I’d be interested in reading a different installment of this series. If Raymond and Graham stuck with body humour and inadvertent insults, I expect it would appeal to boys but not this one.
Rating #1 (Highly Recommended) #2 #3 #4 (Not acceptable) ✓
Interest Level: grades 3+ Reading Level: 2 or 3+
Curriculum Area: Language Arts
Themes/Topics: growing up, school, overcoming challenges