Roscoe Riley Rules, 7: Never Race A Runaway Pumpkin

Summary:

Math, superstitions, a really big pumpkin, and a playful, orphaned kitten all combine to land Roscoe back in time out. Roscoe tells us that after Mr. Page the librarian reads a book about pumpkins, he told them about the Hilltop Bookstore contest: guess the weight of the pumpkin in the window and you can win books for your school library ... and candy for yourself. Roscoe even listens to Miss Diz' lessons about estimation to help him. Will it work? Or will that black cat ruin everything?


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Kids can see themselves in Roscoe, his adventures, and his mishaps. Plenty of action keep the book moving ... and kids reading.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Little Kid Reaction

Our daughter loves Roscoe. She couldn't stand the suspense and stayed up late to read the last two chapters by herself one night! Then she came out of her room and asked if we had (or could get) the other books we hadn't read yet.

Parent Reaction

We love Roscoe, too. The books are clever and funny. The author does a wonderful job layering lots of information - from numbers and math, to facts about pumpkins, to life as a first grader! She did a great job explaining superstitions.

Type of Book:
This illustrated chapter book is about the life of first-grader Roscoe Riley.
Educational Themes:

This is largely a story for engaging and encouraging transitional readers. That said, you can draw out the typical-day-of-school elements to help kids preparing for first grade. The author also introduces great details about numbers (buzillions, katrillions, etc), estimation, and pumpkins (fruit v. vegetable).

Reading Level:
3.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
6 to 10
Age of child:
Read with and by a nearly 8-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. These are great books to share with an early reader and perfect for them to read on their own as they move toward independent reading.

Title Never Race A Runaway Pumpkin
About

Roscoe Riley Rules, Book 7

Author Katherine Applegate
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers © 2009
Illustrators Brian Biggs
ISBN 9780061783708
Material Hard Cover
Cost $3.99
Genres Adventure, Humor, Easy Reader Series, School
Cybils
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