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The Dunderheads

Written by Paul Fleischman

Illustrated by David Roberts

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LoveReading View on The Dunderheads

Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.

Miss Breakbone is a fearsome teacher: she shouts, she confiscates, she makes kids cry. Until the Dunderheads – an unlikely band of kids, with extraordinary hidden talents, decide to teach Miss Breakbone a lesson she won’t forget.

CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal SHORTLIST 2010: Judges’ comments

This enjoyable story makes great use of a wide range of styles and periods in a book which works well for older readers as well as younger ones. The different personalities of the children are beautifully conveyed and the book is further enlivened by its filmic references, visual and literary puns and touches of humour.

The LoveReading Comment:

A wild and wacky adventure as the Dunderheads take on the horrible teacher Miss Breakbone after she treats them even worse than usual. There is nothing good to be said about Miss Breakbone and she is certainly no match for the combined and remarkable talents of the Dunderheads in this hilarious and subversive classroom adventure. Only truly special books make the shortlist of the prestigious Greenaway Medal and this is one.


The Dunderheads Synopsis

This is a delightfully subversive, outrageously funny tale from Newbery Award winner Paul Fleischman and Nestle Children's Book Prize winner David Roberts. It is a celebration of the unusual talents that make us unique and - and a welcome reminder not to underestimate children! It is a second thrilling adventure for the Dunderheads is in the pipeline!

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ISBN: 9781406326048
Publication date: 07/06/2010
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406326048
Publication date: 7th June 2010
Author: Paul Fleischman
Illustrator: David Roberts
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 56 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

About Paul Fleischman

As a child: I had an idyllic childhood ten blocks from the Pacific in Santa Monica, California. My two sisters and I had a big house to roam, one that included a telescope, shortwave radio, and a door that opened onto a wall. We also had a hand printing press and all learned to set type and to read backwards, since that's the way type is arranged in the composing stick. I had my own printing business in my teenage years. We also grew up with an author in the house, my father, Sid Fleischman, whose books we were privileged ...

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