My Weird School Special: We’re Red, Weird, and Blue! What Can We Do?
The only problem is that A.J. doesn’t know anything about U.S. presidents, unless it involves their use of toilets! Will A.J. and Andrea be able to work together as a team and bring home the win?
Bestselling author Dan Gutman brings his kid-friendly sense of humor to this special series of after-school chapter books featuring hilarious stories plus thirty-two pages of games, puzzles, and more.
I particularly like how the adults are portrayed; they might be a little goofy, but they are always respected and do their best to educate the students. For example, when the kids go to the library to study, Ms. Roopy, the librarian, greets them dressed as Ronald Reagan, and presents them with the fun fact that Reagan was an actor in Bedtime for Bonzo. Too often, goofy adults are portrayed as clueless or mean, but Gutman raises the bar.
While presidential trivia isn't my jam, there are a lot of students who pride themselves on knowing not only all of the presidents, in order, but having an array of trivia at their fingertips. These readers will really like to trivia challenge, and will test themselves on the list of facts mentioned. My favorite part of the book is Andrea's epilogue, where she guides readers through how to research presidential facts. The book also includes some puzzles and games and, most importantly, pictures of the covers of the entire series.
Gutman has really impressed me during the pandemic. I've heard that his school visits are phenomenal, so he clearly has a fantastic rapport with young readers. Early on in 2019, he started reading from his books on Facebook live for students who haven't been able to go to school. This can't be easy, and shows an admirable devotion to his fan base. You can check out the details at https://dangutman.com/