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The best class picture ever!
Roche, Denis (Denis M.)
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, 2003.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 27 cm
It's class picture day, but for the second graders nothing is going right: their class pet is missing, their teacher left and hasn't been replaced, and Olivia refuses to smile.
Reading Level:
440 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.6 0.5 72370.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.1 1 Quiz: 34030 Guided reading level: K.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books

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Denis Roche makes her SP debut as both author and artist with her bright, funny story about a teacherless classroom of children who find themselves a wonderful and inventive new teacher.

It's class picture day, and Class 202 is in an uproar. There's chaos everywhere. And worst of all, the class has no permanent teacher. Olivia is so upset that she can't smile. But Mr. Click, the photographer, knows just what to do . He has them make a list of funny words to coax a grin out of Olivia. Olivia's smile gets wider as the words get funnier. Even the principal is impressed when she sees what Mr. Click does with the unruly class. But it's Olivia's suggestion that Mr. Click become their teacher that makes everyone's smile widest of all. It's the best class picture day --ever!

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. It's class picture day for the second-graders, but Olivia is sad. The second grade (for unexplained reasons) has no teacher, and now, with the disappearance of the guinea pig, Elvis, they have no class pet. A wild search ensues, with Class 202 eventually racing off to the auditorium for their picture. Mr. Click, the photographer, noticing how down Olivia is, enlists the help of the class to bring a smile to her face, teaching them a bit of spelling and math along the way. At last, Elvis reappears and joins the cheering children for a picture. The day is complete when the principal leads them back for another class picture with their new teacher--Mr. Click. Bright gouache colors create a lively setting for the exuberant characters drawn as abstract figures with bold, black outlines; children taken with the art will have the bonus of discovering Elvis in almost every scene. With plenty of visual humor, Roche neatly captures the contrast between the order and chaos of a typical second-grade class. --Louise Brueggeman Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

It's picture day for Class 202-a group of second graders so incorrigible that no one will teach them-and the sudden disappearance of the classroom hamster, Elvis, offers an excellent excuse for disorderly conduct. "Quickly the search began. Shirts came untucked. Ties dropped off. Barrettes flew from heads." But one student, Olivia, is too despondent for monkey business. "We don't have a teacher," she tells the photographer, Mr. Click. "And now we don't even have a class pet." As Mr. Click tries to coax her smile by getting the class to come up with words funnier than "Cheese" (the list includes "hiccups," "feet" and "moustache"), the kids undergo a remarkable transformation from rascals to enthusiastic, well-behaved learners. When the ducktailed Elvis reappears (observant readers will have already spotted him lurking in many of the previous pages), it's icing on the cake-the real treat is that Mr. Click is hired as 202's new teacher. The poker-faced prose that injected the humor into Roche's Little Pig Is Capable is back in force here. But her neon-bright gouache illustrations mark a departure from her customary tableaux. While her style is still unmistakably na?ve, it's animated by a new level of energy and movement; as a result, when she writes, "Children rolled down the aisles, raced up the curtains, and kung fu kicked off the stage," the pictures bubble with a gleeful, school-age savagery. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved