Roscoe Riley Rules, 1: Never Glue Your Friends To Chairs


Roscoe Riley has a lot to say, and since he's sitting in Time-Out, he has plenty of time to say it! So here's his story. His teacher needed more glue sticks, and Roscoe decided that since all kinds of things get broken in school, maybe he should take Mom's Super-Mega-Gonzo glue, too. Sure enough, as everyone is getting ready for the big class performance, that Super-Mega-Gonzo glue came in handy. Roscoe wanted to make sure his class had a perfect recital and help Ms. Diz (his teacher) keep her job. So just how good IS that glue?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Early readers will love this story of mischief and mayhem; parents will love the humor (and be happy there are consequences); and everyone will laugh nearly continuously through this book.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

Our daughter was very attentive as we read, and several times asked us to use our "best reading finger" so she could follow along more closely. A couple of times we were able to engage her in partner reading, but not for long, as there were "too many" words for her.

Parent Reaction

This is a great book ... and we can't wait to read the next title. The author has captured the personality, style, and view of life of your typical first-grade child. Roscoe's dialogue and logic suggest she is a wizened teacher or mom. You'll laugh all the way through.

Type of Book:
This is the book that launches the adventure series of Roscoe Riley, a first-grader whose life is full of humor and mischief.
Educational Themes:

Whether at home or in a classroom, kids will enjoy empathizing with Roscoe and pointing out his mistakes. The author effectively uses humor to draw out lessons that kids, parents, and/or teachers can talk about.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
6 to 12
Age of child:
Shared with girl nearly 7 years old.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. This is a book that you'll want to read together. It is a sure-fire read-aloud, so you can read it to the kids as they are learning to read and then they can read it themselves later.

Title Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs

Roscoe Riley Rules, Book 1

Author Katherine Applegate
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers © 2008
Illustrators Brian Biggs
ISBN 9780061148811
Material Hard Cover
Cost $3.99
Genres Adventure, Humor
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