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Numbskulls

Taylor, William

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Title: Numbskulls

Publisher: Scholastic Trade

Binding: LIBRARY BINDING

Book Condition: Good

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A sequel to Knitwits finds Charlie being swindled out of his lifetime allowance by nasty neighbor Alice Pepper, who, in return, has promised to help him get smart, get rich, and get girls.

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Grade 4-6?In this farcical sequel to Knitwits (Scholastic, 1992), 10-year-old Charlie Kenney's "girl next door," Alice Pepper, is convinced that she can teach him to spell; instruct his mate Spikey in the art of love; and show his other mate Jacko how to make lots of money. Alice is a proponent of the learning-through-intimidation method. Her approach involves strapping these bona fide numbskulls to an old dentist's chair in her garage while indoctrinating them and often employing the additional motivation of a lead-filled hose. Duped into signing contracts giving her their allowances, the three boys fear and hate Alice?even though Charlie actually becomes a proficient speller?and together they plot their revenge. A humorous subplot revolves around Charlie's child-care responsibilities for his baby sister. In fact, most chapters begin with a platitude from Before Babe's First Steps, which Charlie is reading, although his observations of the family poppet seldom agree with the professional's detached advice. Charlie is a likable fellow and Taylor has an ear for children's banter that is forthright, funny, and just offbeat enough to show a real empathy with adolescents. The New Zealander vernacular shouldn't prove too much of a problem in context.?John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX
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