Poor Arnold, the class wimp, is being picked on by the meanest bullies in school. When the bullies begin to pick on his sister, too, he finds a few tricks up his sleeves that surprise everyone, even himself.
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Kathy Caple lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 2-When Arnold is tormented by Clyde and Watson, his older sister Rose stands up for him: "'It's all a matter of knowing how to talk to them,'" she claims. These bullies are not so easily intimidated, however, and after maneuvering Rose and Arnold into taking the rap for a spray-painted wall, the nefarious duo plan to trap them in something worse. Hoping to avoid trouble, Rose and Arnold arrive at school an hour early-and find their nemeses up on the roof, covering the wall with grafitti. Arnold quietly carries their ladder away, leaving them for the principal to catch red-(and green-) handed. "'It's all just a matter of knowing how to talk to them,'" he assures his admiring sister. Like Anthony Browne in Willy the Wimp (Knopf, 1985), Caple offers readers not so much a plan of action as satisfying wish fulfillment. Her spacious, simply inked and colored scenes feature expressive pigs in human dress; the minimalist text recalls James Marshall's droll narrative style.
John Peters, New York Public Library
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Book Description Sandpiper, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0618055770
Book Description HMH Books for Young Readers, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0618055770