GARY PAULSEN is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people. His most recent books are Flat Broke, Liar, Liar, Lawn Boy Returns, Woods Runner, Notes from the Dog, Mudshark, Lawn Boy, Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day, The Time Hackers, and The Amazing Life of Birds (The Twenty Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech). Visit him on the Web at GaryPaulsen.com.
Combine a trio of 12 year olds-Henry, Riley and Reid-with dares and challenging adventures, and the resulting chaos delivers comedy at its best. Each escapade and comical scene builds towards the proverbial "disaster," with a small sample of their antics involving the contents of a dumpster and some methane gas-a high jinx recipe that only Paulsen could create. Podehl personifies tween boys with his fully voiced performance, and Paulsen narrates the introduction. Listeners that pair this title with Jeremy Bender will have a fun fest that gives humor a big lift. Common Core Standard: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.5 Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.