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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.
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!
|Publication date:||7th June 2010|
|Publisher:||Walker Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||5+ readers|
|Other Categories:||All Shortlists and Winners|
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 ...More About Paul Fleischman
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