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King of the KootiesUser Review - Book Verdict
Gr 2-4-A harmless bit of fluff. It is the first day of fourth grade, and nasty bully Louisa has chosen the new boy as her target. Dubbing him "Sir Donald, King of the Kooties," she gets her friends to rally round her to make his life miserable. Donald's friend Nate wants to help him with the situation, so the two plan various counterattacks, such as ignoring her, and trying to win her over first with chocolate then with compliments. Finally the boys decide to capitalize on the nickname and threaten her; "...unless you stop teasing us, we will give you kooties, and you will be the Princess of Kooties." This tactic does the trick. The conclusion finds Donald helping Louisa with a computer game. Sprinkled with inane insults throughout, this slight story about a common problem has a pat ending. Even a subplot (Nate's sister thinks her teacher hates her) is solved too quickly, giving a false ring to the tale. The characters are one-dimensional: evil Louisa has no redeeming qualities. Steer beginning chapter-book readers to Patricia Reilly Giff's "Polk Street School" titles (Dell) for a more satisfying look at classroom life.-Anne Knickerbocker, Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX ...
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