Friday, January 8, 2010

The Dunderheads

The Dunderheads
by Paul Fleischman
ill. by David Roberts
juvenile fiction
56 pages
Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2009

Miss Breakbone is a terrible teacher. She spends all her time yelling and insulting her pupils. She also confiscates all their possessions from them. The students just sit in silent suffering until one day Miss B goes too far. She takes something from Junkyard that he had planned to give his mother for her birthday. The class brain, Einstein, springs into action. He devises a plan that involves the whole class and each of their special interests and talents. The goal is to reclaim their stuff and show Miss Breakbone that she's not the boss. Humorous and a quick read. I loved the message that all the kids might look different and have different hobbies, but they can get along and even work together to solve a problem.

1 comment:

lw said...

I really liked the Dunderheads, too, but I couldn't figure out the little kid with what looked like a blue beard was wearing or was meant to represent. Any ideas?