The Dunderheads

By Fleischman, Paul

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ISBN
978-0-76362-498-9
Publisher
Candlewick


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on June 1, 2009

Gr 2-5 As long as children must endure the whims of tyrannical teachers, there will be an appreciative audience for a book such as this. Miss Breakbone suffers no fools; she refers to her class as "fiddling, twiddling, time-squandering...dunderheads!" Her militaristic form is capped by severe red hair and a menacing mouth; the latter is wide open and shrieking insults on the first page. Her alligator purse, warden-style key ring, and electric chair offer further inklings into her psyche. She makes Viola Swamp look like Glenda the Good Witch. When she confi...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on July 1, 2009

Miss Breakbone is a tank-sized, kid-hating shrieker: "Never have I been asked to teach such a scraping-together of fiddling, twiddling, time-squandering, mind-wandering, doodling, dozing, don't-knowing dunderheads!" she erupts, in type of escalating size and ferocity. She's also a piratical confiscator of treasures brought to class. Fortunately, she's as oblivious to her pupils' diverse talents as to the ingenuity inspired by their outrage. Led by self-possessed narrator...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

Miss Breakbone is a piratical confiscator of treasures brought to class. Led by self-possessed narrator "Einstein," her students set out to r...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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