maroan, November 18, 2008 (view all comments by maroan)
Farmer Brown discovers that his cows know how to type when he receives a message from them about their need for electric blankets. When he refuses to give them blankets the cows refuse to give him any milk for the day. As the story moves on the cows continue to ask for items for not only themselves but their friends, the hens, as well. This is a great book for younger readers because it will make them laugh. The illustrations in the book are also worth looking at because they focus on many different facial expressions to show what the characters are thinking. Children will also learn the life lesson that although it may seem very difficult to get things you want, if you never give up, there is always the opportunity to get what you are hoping for.
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kry16stal, November 4, 2008 (view all comments by kry16stal)
Don't we all wish we could get out of homework sometimes? All ages, young children, high school students and even college students have a dislike for homework. Well a group of four might have just solved that problem. The group is very diverse. It is made up of a geek, class clown, slacker and teacher's pet. A machine is developed to help them with their homework. Can they keep the secret between just them? The Homework Machine is a book that develops a story through the voices of fifth graders and people around them. It is interesting on how the author tells the story from fifth graders perspectives. They worry about many unrealistic things such as being thrown in jail. It is a good, quick read. The foursome learns a lot about each other and become friends. At first they are friends because of their secret, but eventually they become friends by choice. It is a good book that illustrates honesty, friendship, and of course doing your homework! The students learn a lot about each other and not to judge a book by it's cover. The Homework Machine is a humorous and good read for many ages.
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pokemaster3737, September 10, 2008 (view all comments by pokemaster3737)
Great book! Dan Gutman has put the book together like an interview, slowly showing the big picture. Piece by piece, you will love this down to earth, "elementary school life" book!
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by School Library Journal,
"A dramatic and thought-provoking story with a strong message about honesty and friendship."
"Booktalkers will find this a natural, particularly for those hard-to-tempt readers whose preferred method of computer disposal involves a catapult and the Grand Canyon."
by Children's Literature,
"[A]nother engaging book by Dan Gutman."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Middle-grade readers may find one part of this story upsettingly realistic and the clearly stated moral not what they had hoped to hear, but the generally humorous approach will make the lesson go down easily."
by ing hold,
Four kids share a secret — a homework machine. Everything is great for a while, but soon the machine becomes more powerful than they ever imagined, and even its inventor is powerless to stop it.
In the much-anticipated sequel to The Lemonade War, brother and sister duo Evan and Jessie turn the playground into a full-blown courtroom and attempt to take the law into their own hands. This engaging chapter book entertains and explores the issue of fairness.
Following the laws of our legal system, Evan and Jessies fourth grade class concocts a courtroom on the playground, putting Scott Spencer, alleged thief, on trial. They create a legitimate courtroom—with a judge, witnesses, a jury of their peers—and surprising consequences.
As she explores the difficulties of fairness, Jacqueline Davies once again reveals how good she is at understanding the complex emotions of children this age.
Doing homework becomes a thing of the past!
Meet the D Squad, a foursome of fifth graders at the Grand Canyon School made up of a geek, a class clown, a teacher's pet, and a slacker. They are bound together by one very big secret: the homework machine. Because the machine, code-named Belch, is doing their homework for them, they start spending a lot of time together, attracting a lot of attention. And attention is exactly what you don't want when you are keeping a secret.
Before long, things start to get out of control, and Belch becomes much more powerful than they ever imagined. Now the kids are in a race against their own creation, and the loser could end up in jail...or worse!
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