Make Like a Tree and Leave

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Dell, 1992 - Juvenile Fiction - 117 pages
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The rollicking adventure begun in Everyone Else's Parents Said Yes continues in this humorous story from the bestselling author of The Cat Ate My Gymsuit. The wacky Matthew Martin is back with more antics, this time as chairman of the class's Mummy Committee.

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A fun little book about the trials and tribulations of being a school kid...and being mummified in plaster. Was a book from my childhood, so a bit of a trip down memory lane. Read full review

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When I was a youngster, back when this garbage book was first released (it says 1992 on here, but I was thinking it was spring of 1991), I wrote a review that was printed in the San Francisco Chronicle or the San Francisco Examiner. This review was part of some section where kids write reviews of books, and after the review, the child's name and age show. My name and age came after a sparkling review for this book. This review was a lie, as I found the book utterly boring. I figured there must be something wrong with me for not enjoying this book, and so I wrote that it was wonderful. The newspaper had made it clear that reviews need not be positive, but since the whole concoction promised a check in my name, I thought I better not chance it by revealing myself as a schmuck.
Now, years later, I'd like to come clean and say that this book stinks. Or should I say it stunk? I don't remember much of it, other than that I found it to be a book that was supposed to be funny like Judy Blume's Superfudge, but was actually as painful to finish reading as it was to finish watching an episode of Full House (at least my mom didn't ever bait me into doing that). All I know is that I will refuse to ever recommend this book ever again, unless perhaps I have a gun pointed at my head, in which case I would still hopefully do the selfless and humane thing and not be so careless as to write something that might cause someone to suffer as I once did.
I hope that you do not subject your child to this book's weak attempts at humor, or else you'll risk having them eventually use precious minutes of their lives writing negative Google reviews such as this one.


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About the author (1992)

Paula Danziger was born in Washington, D.C., on August 18, 1944. She received her Master's Degree in reading and began her career as a teacher. She has taught at the junior high, high school, and college levels. Danziger is best known for a series of children's books about Amber Brown, including Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon, You Can't Eat Your Chicken Pox, Amber Brown, and Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit. Each of these books deals with a "crisis" in the life of young Amber Brown, such as her progressing to fourth grade. Danziger's writing is often inspired by conversations with her niece, Carrie, who is the model for Amber Brown. Other books by Danziger include The Cat Ate My Gymsuit, Remember Me to Harold Square, and Thames Doesn't Rhyme with James. Danziger has become popular in Britain where she was nominated for the British Book Award for Children. She has also received several awards in America: the Parent's Choice Award, an International Reading Association-Children's Book Council Award, and an IRA-CBC Children's Choice Award. Danziger takes time out from writing to host a literary segment on a BBC children's show, called Live and Kicking.

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