Have you ever built a volcano in your classroom? Has your bus driver ever gotten stuck in a ditch because he wasn’t paying attention to the road?
Have you ever built a volcano in your classroom? Has your bus driver ever gotten stuck in a ditch because he wasn’t paying attention to the road? Well this is exactly what a typical school day is like for Ron Faster and his friends at their thrilling elementary school, Harvey N. Trouble Elementary School.
The book, “Adventures at the Harvey N. Trouble Elementary School,” by Kate McMullan, is all about a young boy named Ron Faster, and his eccentric extraordinary week at his elementary school. The book is full of interesting characters with all sorts of talents and interests. Each new day, Ron and his classmates have oodles of fun, but they also learn many important life lessons over the course of the week.
The author recommends this book for anyone ages six and older, but I think that although the book contains the repetition and silliness younger children enjoy, the author uses puns and word play that younger children may not understand in order to create a story that is more amusing to older children. Therefore, I recommend the book for readers ages eight and older, or any kids who like word play. One example of the word play the author uses in the book is that For example, Ron Faster is the fastest runner in the entire school. Also, throughout the whole book, the principal, Miss Ingashoe, is missing something. Can you guess what it might be?
My favorite part of the story is when the students’ teacher, Miss Petzgalore, is sick, so the science teacher leads Ron’s class instead. The kids are learning about volcanoes, and the science teacher lets them make a giant model of a volcano right in the classroom! This makes for a very exciting day for the students, although there is a slight explosion.
One thing I don’t enjoy about the book is the amount of repetition used by the author. The story is still interesting and exciting, but by the end of the book, some parts of the story begin to seem slightly boring and overused.
Overall, the book, “Adventures at Harvey N. Trouble Elementary School” is a fun-filled book, and although it includes too much repetition, it is easy to read, funny, and uses word plays galore, making it a suitable book for older children with a good sense of humor.