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Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems

Gail Carson Levine (2012), 79 pages
Illustrated by Matthew Cordell
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Humor, Poetry
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This collection of snarky poems is modeled on William Carlos Williams' famous poem, 'This Is Just to Say,' in which he apologizes for eating the plums from the icebox someone was probably saving for breakfast. The tone implies he is anything but sorry, and this poem has inspired a book full of poems in which people apologize for things for which they are clearly not sorry. Many of the poems reference well-known fairy tales or nursery rhymes, as in this one addressing a spider: 'I have torn/ down/ the water/ spout/which/ you obsessively/ wanted to climb up/ and slide off forever/Forgive me/kick your habit/spin a web/catch a bug.' The poems do sometimes err on the edge of the horrifying (Beast eats Beauty in one), though most are more on the sarcastic side. Humorous illustrations accompany the text.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 6/8/2013
ISBN-13: 9780061787256
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Fran That Time Forgot

Jim Benton (2005), 102 pages
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Fiction, Humor, Time Travel
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At the school science fair celebration, the principal announces Franny's full name, Franny Kissypie Stein, when she gives her an award. The entire school makes fun of Franny's middle name, and she is humiliated. Vowing never to be laughed at again, she invents a time machine and goes back to meet baby Franny to change her awful middle name. Unable to resist sneaking a peak into the future, she also jumps ahead in time to see herself as teen Franny. She can't believe what she sees! Will she really turn into an evil scientist set to conquer the world? This is book 4 of the Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist series. The first story about Franny is 'Lunch Walks Among Us' by Jim Benton. Anyone who likes icky and weird things needs to meet Franny K. Stein!
Reviewed by: mec
Date read: 6/1/2011
ISBN-10: 0689862946
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Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom

Eric Wight (2009), 79 pages
Illustrated by Eric Wight
Audience: 3rd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Adventure, Especially for Boys, Fiction, Humor
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Frankie Piccolini wants to be Indiana Jones. With his trusty sidekick, the family dog Argyle, Frankie explores the most distant regions of the planet, often found in his own house. Like any normal kid, Frankie would rather play and explore than clean up his room. He can't believe it when, one day, his mother tells him that he doesn't have to keep it clean, BUT, he has to live with the consequences! Without the hindrance of cleaning his room, and himself, Frankie is free to continue his intrepid explorations, but, how will he tackle the Closet of Doom?
Book Series: Frankie Pickle
Similar books: The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
Awards nominated: 2013 Monarch Nominee
Reviewed by: vfv
Date read: 3/8/2012
ISBN-13: 9781416964841
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Freckle Juice

Judy Blume (1978), 48 pages
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Easy Reader, Fiction, Humor
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Andrew wants freckles, more than anything! If he had freckles just like Nicky, Mom wouldn't check his neck every day to see if it is clean or not! His classmate, Sharon offers to help. She is willing to sell Andrew her secret recipe for freckles- for a price! Will Andrew get the freckles he so desperately wants? Laugh out loud at how Andrew takes matters into his own hands to obtain his desired spots.
Similar authors: Barbara Parks
Similar books: Junie B., First Grader (at Last!) by Barbara Parks; Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business by Barbara Parks
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/29/2009
ISBN-10: 0440428130
ISBN-13: 9780440428138
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Commenter: Eve, grade 6
not funny, poorly written
5 out of 5 books5 out of 5 books5 out of 5 books5 out of 5 books5 out of 5 booksHe Really Wants Freckles!
Commenter: St. Charles Reader, grade 0
Andrew, a gullible second grader, wants freckles so badly he buys Sharon's freckle juice recipe for fifty cents. What happens next will tickle your funny bone!
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Frog Princess

E.D. Baker (2004), 224 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fantasy, Fiction, Humor
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Eadric, the frog who claimed to be a prince - of course, convinces Emma, the Princess, to kiss him and break the spell. She does it reluctantly. The frog stays a frog, and Emma becomes a frog as well. This twist on the classic fairy tale takes us hopping through adventures as Emma, and Eadric, search for the witch who cast the spell, in the quest to become human again. This is the first book in the Tales of the Frog Princess series.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 3/27/2009
ISBN-10: 1582349231
ISBN-13: 9781582349237
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