Book Review: Roscoe Riley Rules: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs

Roscoe Riley Rules #1: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs (Roscoe Riley Rules (Hardback))Roscoe Riley Rules #1: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs (Roscoe Riley Rules by Katherine Alice Applegate

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Source: Checked out from my library.

Kids have to follow so many rules!
Sometimes my brain forgets to remember them all.
It’s not like I
try to find ways to get into trouble. It’s just that trouble has a way of finding me.

In this first book in a series, Roscoe Riley, a first-grader with “high spirits”, welcomes us to his Official Time-Out Corner to hear the story of exactly what put him there this time. He was really just trying to help his teacher. Who knew it was a bad idea to glue things to people with the Super-Mega-Gonzo Glue?

This is a quick, breezy read, with one- and two-sentence paragraphs and short chapters interspersed with Brian Biggs’ cartoony black-and-white illustrations. Well-meaning but short-sighted Roscoe will be a familiar character to adults and kids, and his droll delivery will raise more than a few giggles. I can’t help but think of Roscoe Riley as similar to Junie B. Jones, but with more boy-appeal. Perfect for young readers just getting into chapter books.

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