Gooney Bird Is So Absurd

Gooney Bird Is So Absurd

Paperback Gooney Bird

By (author) Lois Lowry, Illustrated by Middy Thomas

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  • Publisher: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
  • Format: Paperback | 105 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 195mm x 10mm | 100g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Boston, MA
  • ISBN 10: 0547875592
  • ISBN 13: 9780547875590
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 142,429

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"Few beginning chapter books have the range of this one, from hilarity to sadness, from outrage to compassion, and few writers could manage it with such finesse." -"Booklist"It's a cold January at Watertower Elementary School--the ideal weather for second grader Gooney Bird Greene to break out her brain-warming hat. Mrs. Pidgeon is teaching poetry--from haiku to limericks. So when tragedy befalls their teacher, her students are prepared to write the most important poem they've ever written. Thomas's expressive drawings bring the characters to life in this funny, emotionally nuanced beginning chapter book. Brain-warming... and heartwarming, too!

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"The story unfolds with fresh humor that keeps readers interested. Thomas's pencil drawings bring life to the characters. A fine selection for beginning chapter-book readers and as a read-aloud."--"School Library Journal""Thomas's illustrations help the new reader see the final "poem" and imagine Mrs. Pidgeon's reaction to their heartfelt offering of sadness for their teacher. Few books for early readers address such a difficult issue, but Lowry's capable storytelling does it with grace--much like Mrs. Pidgeon herself."--"Horn Book""Few beginning chapter books have the range of this one, from hilarity to sadness, from outrage to compassion, and few writers could manage it with such finesse. Often amusing and sometimes subtly instructive, the fourth book in the Gooney Bird Greene series is well suited to reading aloud."--"Booklist"