Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Stuey Lewis Against All Odds: Stories from the Third Grade

by Jane Schoenberg
illustrated by Cambria Evans
Farrar Straus Giroux | May 22, 2012

In this follow up to The One and Only Stuey Lewis: Stories from the Second Grade, Stuey has progressed on to the third grade. He has the same teacher again, Ginger Curtis, and Lilly Stanley, the Queen of Obnoxious, is still in his class. Through four distinct chapters/stories, Schoenberg takes Stuey through his third grade year.

The stories are adorable and the perfect length for new readers at 30-35 pages each. Each story begins with an illustrated title page with spot art and full-page illustrations throughout. Stuey's voice is fantastic. Here's an example from "Queen for a Day," in which the students prepare a Mother's Day tea for their moms. "Covering empty soup cans with colored paper is not as easy as it sounds. Trust me. You have to line up the paper and cut it just right so it doesn't stick out on the top of the can. Then it has to be glued very neatly, which take a lot of patience and not a lot of glue. Did I mention that it has nothing to do with fun and that you need a wicked long time to do just one?"

Get the Stuey books for your rising second or third grader this summer. They'll enjoy these perfect stories so similar to their own classrooms! 

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