Gutman, Dan Miss Klute is a Hoot (My Weirder School #11) 112 pgs, HarperCollins 2014. $4.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
Mr. Macky brings in a therapy dog to help the students with
their reading. The dog’s name is Miss Klute and the students fight over the
chance to read to her, even if they were once scared of reading aloud. When AJ
and his friend decide Miss Klute looks sad, they try everything they can to
cheer her up including feeding her chocolate cupcakes and letting her off leash
outside to chase a ball. When she runs off, they students feel terrible!
Everyone starts looking, and AJ wishes he had followed the rules.
I am torn about this book. The students like this series and the
story is well written, easy to run, and the plot moves along quickly –pulling their
reading forward with a fun story. THAT IS ABOUT READING!! The humor is pretty
authentic for the most part, except there is a heavy dash of what I consider “grown
up” humor. References to losing weight to wear bikinis, massages, and
whippings. I don’t think I will add this series to my school library, and leave
it up to the parents if they choose to buy these books for their children.
EL (K-3) –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School
Librarian & Author.