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By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Rebel kid creatively tests limits in funny school tale.

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age 7+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 5+

Good read

My Son loves this book and enjoyed the story line. He was able to to enjoy the main characters perspective and learned a hit about business and marketing. It’s a good read overall.
age 7+

A lovely quick read.

My 9 year old and I read this book and really enjoyed how Nick put his learnings to practice and stood up for what he believed, in a dignified manner. It had a delightful end. A lovely read together book.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (28 ):

This funny school story is highly entertaining and full of surprises. It appeals to kids' need to test boundaries and question authority, yet encourages solid values -- "homework first" is the rule in Nick's house. This is a winning story about a subversive kid whose clever idea will inspire readers to think more deeply and creatively about the power of language.

Book Details

  • Author: Andrew Clements
  • Illustrator: Brian Selznick
  • Genre: School
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: January 1, 1996
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
  • Number of pages: 105
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: January 5, 2021

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