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Robert and the weird & wacky facts
Seuling, Barbara.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Chicago : Cricket Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Eight-year-old Robert spends much of his time memorizing trivia in hopes of becoming a contestant on "Instant millionaire, " and although nothing works out as he wished, he does get a chance to compete for a prize.
Reading Level:
500 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.8 1.0 58780.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.3 4 Quiz: 33635 Guided reading level: M.
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Robert is back for another round of hilarious adventures, and this time he's pitted against his archrival Susanne in a classroom contest. "People used to think a runny nose meant your brain was leaking." Third-grader Robert learns this and other wacky facts when he and his friend Paul start training to be contestants on The Instant Millionaire. When Robert discovers that he's too young to be on the show, he submits his teacher's name. Nothing goes as planned after that, but Robert tries his best to set matters straight. Fans of the previous Robert books will love this new story of the boy's antics as he gets in over his head once again.

Author Notes

Barbara Seuling was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 22, 1937. Her career in publishing started when she took a job as a secretary to two editors at Dell Publishing. She later became an assistant before leaving Dell in the early 1970s. She worked at Lippincott for two years before deciding to become a freelance writer and illustrator.

Her first picture book, The Teeny Tiny Woman: An Old-English Ghost Story, was published in 1976. She wrote and illustrated several more picture books and also illustrated picture-book texts for other authors. Her other works included the Freaky Facts nonfiction series and Oh No, It's Robert! She also used her publishing experience to lead small private writing workshops. Her adult nonfiction book, How to Write a Children's Book and Get It Published, first released in 1984. She died of complications from cancer on September 12, 2016 at the age of 79.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 2-4. Seuling's books about the everyday adventures of young Robert Dorfman deliver easy-to-read text, a fast-moving plot, short chapters, and witty writing. In this story, third-grader Robert is enamored with the bits of information in the Weird and Wacky Facts books. He figures that if he memorizes all of the facts in every book in the series, he'll be able to appear on the Instant Millionaire show and win a fortune. Later in the novel, he comes to the conclusion that he has developed magical powers and can make things happen merely by wishing them. By the end of the story, however, he discovers that his string of good luck was not magical after all. Brewer adds to the laughs with his cartoon illustrations, featuring characters with big heads and even bigger hair. Another winning installment in a fun series. --Todd Morning

Publisher's Weekly Review

The team behind Oh No, It's Robert and Robert and the Great Pepperoni here present Robert and the Weird & Wacky Facts by Barbara Seuling, illus. by Paul Brewer, in which the hero and his best friend cram for an appearance on The Instant Millionaire Show. ( Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Seuling shares her long-standing penchant for arcana with her popular protagonist and his best friend, Paul, in her third "Robert" book. A classroom contest modeled after Robert's favorite TV program, Instant Millionaire Show, sends Robert and his classmates to the serial Weird & Wacky Facts to bone up on the fattest president, wingless birds, and armadillo progeny patterns. Despite the strangeness promised by the title, the eight-year-old's escapades are everyday preadolescent concerns. Will his bridge project make it to school undamaged? Will he go to jail for psychically making know-it-all Suzanne Lee sick? Will he get punished for mailing a couple of his mom's rare postcards? And, most importantly, will the boys win the contest? Robert, an artificially average child, promotes teamwork (at least among the boys); disses nerds who read medal-winning books (girls, of course); good-naturedly accepts criticism from his mother and teacher; writes a slithery ode to the class's pet snake; and assuages his guilt by making a creative get-well card and picking Suzanne Lee as the subject for his "who I admire" essay. Brewer's occasionally humorous sketches help propel chapter-book readers through the meandering text.-John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.