My Weird School Series

Book review by Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Playful books have jokes, lessons, some stereotypes.

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 9 reviews

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age 7+

Not the lessons I want my child to learn

My daughter was given this book for school as a guided reading book. She sat next to me as she read about 1/4 of it. After the questions and statements she was making, I asked to see the book. After reading some and then skipping to parts, I told her to read another book and I emailed the teacher that we wouldn't be reading this book. My 7 year old was concerned about the book by the amount of lying and the language. It's just a whole lot of lying to adults, saying people are thing are dumb, calling names, many "I hate" statements, sneaking out of the house to TP a house, etc. In the beginning my daughter raised concern and I said that the kid probably learns a lesson and gets nicer by the end - wrong. The whole book is like that. It is supposed to be funny apparently... And to take the cake - A girl's costume rips off and she is in her underwear in front of the others being laughed at and the character says "She deserves it". What!? No! That is never how to treat someone AND no one ever deserves to be naked and laughed at. All of this is not language or behavior that we take lightly or want to normalize in our home. There are so many more intelligent and funny things to read. If you are looking for a funny yet good book - try the Wayside School books. Clean yet funny.

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age 8+

Teaches kids to hate school and insult others

These books are full of negative messages (such as loving video games and hating school), and full of insults. The insults are frequently about other kids in the book (especially the smart girl) but the books even insult the reader with things like the following footnote: "What are you looking down here for? The story's up there, dumbhead!" and this quote from the text to the reader: "Man, are you dumb!". These books glorify a negative attitude towards school, bad behavior, rude sayings, and kids being mean to other kids... definitely not what I want my kids to be reading about!

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