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The Dunderheads (Paperback)

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By Paul Fleischman, David Roberts (Illustrator)
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“A celebration of multiple intelligences, teamwork, and kid power.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

Miss Breakbone hates kids. Especially the time-squandering, mind-wandering, doodling, dozing dunderheads in her class. But each kid’s special talent is crucial to a spectacular display of teamwork that teaches Miss Breakbone a lesson she won’t soon forget. From the incomparable Paul Fleischman comes a winning cast of underdogs- and one of the most terrifying teachers you’ll ever meet — brought to vivid life in David Roberts’s quirky, hilarious illustrations.

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Praise For…

Just the right note of dastardly charm. Schoolchildren will adore this story of pupil revenge.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A celebration of multiple intelligences, teamwork, and kid power.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

The setup is witty and subversive, and the book then springs into a classic caper plot, with each kid in the gang offering a bizarre skill.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

Roberts caricatures the formidable teacher and the amiably wide-eyed kids with a witty, agile pen and judicious splashes of color, an excellent foil for Fleishman’s terse and comical private eye send-up. With action galore, a villain foiled by clever kids, a laugh a minute, a profusion of illustrations with broad age appeal, and an easily read text, this is a winner.
—The Horn Book

You can almost hear the Pink Panther theme thrumming in the background... A fun stick-it-to-teacher romp with no redeeming message but cleverness in spades.

Deliciously outlandish, featuring an undercover caper complete with a hidden safe, grappling hooks made of paperclips, a classmate who just happens to be a hypnotist and a broken statuette with (real) emerald eyes.
—Kirkus Reviews

Self-affirming. As a whole, the class is a bunch of ‘twiddling, time-squandering, mind-wandering, doodling, dozing, don’t knowing dunderheads.’ Taken singly and placed to their best advantage the students are, of course, geniuses. The illustrations by David Roberts are hilarious scary and fabulously imagined.

Young gumshoes and budding secret agents will love the laughs and suspense… distinct personalities and unique talents of each student all but guarantee that this memorable pack will amuse both children and adults.
—Shelftalker blog

You’ll be hoping to see more of this strange but appealing crew.
—Cookie magazine

The tone of this story is reminiscent of a hard-boiled detective novel, a wonderful stylistic quality….Miss Breakbone is a delicious villain, one that could have easily stepped out of a Road Dahl book.
—Heavy Medal: A Mock Newbery Blog (SLJ)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780763652395
ISBN-10: 0763652393
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: February 14th, 2012
Pages: 56
Language: English