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The great show-and-tell disaster!
Reiss, Mike, 1959-
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New York : Price Stern Sloan, 2001.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Desperate to bring something exciting to show and tell at school, Ned invents a Mix-Up Ray and causes a commotion when Cathy becomes a yacht, the school bus becomes a sub, and his teacher, Mrs. Eton, becomes a monster.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.1 0.5 69928.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Oversize
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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When a young inventor named Ned realizes he doesn't have anything for show-and-tell, he whips up something unique from the odds and ends in his closet. The result is "Ned's Mix-Up Ray," a device that scrambles the letters in a word, changing the object into something else entirely. It's bad enough that he changes his AUNT into a TUNA and the PEAS and GRAPES at the local grocer's into APES with PAGERS. But when he uses the device on his classmates (BRIAN becomes a disembodied BRAIN and poor KRISTEN turns into a STINKER), he pushes things too far. Following a BUS ride, (well, a SUB ride, actually) and a disastrous field trip to an art museum, Ned realizes that he hasn't been kind. So putting his inventive mind to work, he comes up with an ingenious solution to fix all the trouble he's caused.
From the off-kilter mind of Mike Reiss, author of the best-selling How Murray Saved Christmas and former writer for The Simpsons, comes this hilarious tale of a show-and-tell project gone waaaay out of control.

Mike Reiss' other TV writing credits include The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, It's Garry Shandling's Show, Alf, and The Critic, starring Jon Lovitz, which he co-created. His first book, How Murray Saved Christmas, received unanimous rave reviews.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Reiss (How Murray Saved Christmas) once again unleashes his knack for catchy, if occasionally forced, rhymes in another slapstick outing. Ned, when stumped at what to bring to school for show and tell resorts to a homemade Rube Goldberg contraption he dubs a "Word Mix-up Ray." His invention transforms his "aunt" into a "tuna," the grocer's "peas" into "apes" and his classmates, well "He made Brian a brain, with a big throbbing thinker,/ Changed Nat to an ant and made Kristen a stinker." A catastrophic field trip to the art museum finds Ned gleefully modifying the gallery ("making piecrust from pictures that hung on the walls," among other things), but eventually he finds a way to reverse the damage. Reiss's anagrams and corny light verse will appeal to a punchy sense of humor, but Cressy's colored pencil illustrations fare less well. Brisk, stylized cartoons reveal the artist's roots as an animator, but a grayish cast to the overall coloration dulls the spreads. It's an entertaining excursion nonetheless. Ages 5-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-This oversized book tells in rhyme the tale of a young inventor who assembles a gadget that transforms items into anagrams: a shoe becomes a hose, a lamp turns into a palm, etc. Classmates suffer the consequences as well. Nat becomes an ant and Kristen a stinker. Even worse, during the school trip to an art gallery, Ned transforms the sculpture of "The Kiss" into skis and pictures turn to pie crust. The protagonist rights most of the wrongs and returns home to consider his next creation. Affable cartoon illustrations assist the comedy that only can be appreciated by those able to understand anagrams, but the book will certainly spur follow-up attempts at wordplay by older readers.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.