by Andrew Clements
Reviewed November 24, 2003.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York, 2001.
Available on Amazon.com for $3.99 in paperback.
Available at Sembach Library (JF CLE).
I once read that, although a writer should never use a coincidence to
get a character out of trouble, you should feel free to use coincidences
to get him into trouble. If a character has amazing good luck, it
feels completely unrealistic. If a character has amazing bad luck,
it feels like life.
In “Jake Drake, Teacher’s Pet,” Andrew Clements uses this technique
to hilarious effect. One day in third grade, everything Jake does
seems to please a teacher, resulting in an announcement of how wonderful
he is and the teacher patting him on the head.
It all begins when he makes the mistake of telling his classroom teacher
how to open a program on the computer. It goes on in Art, in P.E.,
even with the principal in the lunch room. When Jake finally decides
he’d better start behaving badly to get rid of his stigma with the other
students in the entire school, even his bad deeds backfire and teachers continue
to praise him.
Here’s a short and quick, delightfully funny book that kids in the early
elementary grades are sure to enjoy.
Reviews of other books by Andrew Clements:
The School Story
A Week in the Woods
The Report Card
© 2003 Sondra Eklund. All
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