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Danny's Doodles : The Jelly Bean Experiment
by David A. Adler


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Here's a fact: My new friend Calvin Waffle is 100% Weird

Danny Cohen and Calvin Waffle are two very different kids. Danny likes playing baseball; Calvin enjoys strange experiments. Danny follows the rules at school; Calvin tries to drive his teacher crazy.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Here's a fact: My new friend Calvin Waffle is 100% Weird

Danny Cohen and Calvin Waffle are two very different kids. Danny likes playing baseball; Calvin enjoys strange experiments. Danny follows the rules at school; Calvin tries to drive his teacher crazy.

Danny and Calvin decide to team up for the big jelly bean experiment. Will it lead to trouble? Maybe. Will they have fun trying? You can count on it.


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781402287213
  • ISBN-10: 1402287216
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
  • Publish Date: September 2013
  • Page Count: 105
  • Reading Level: Ages 7-10
  • Dimensions: 7.71 x 5.87 x 0.31 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.28 pounds

Series: Danny's Doodles

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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Readers - Chapter Books

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-07-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

Adler again displays his versatility with this empathic first book in the Danny’s Doodles illustrated chapter book series. Bighearted fourth-grader Danny Cohen cheerfully plays along when new kid Calvin Waffle makes him the subject of a mysterious experiment and fills Danny’s pockets with jelly beans. Quirky and scientifically minded, Calvin wears two different socks because his right foot is “very serious,” the left “often silly,” and he answers, “Tallahassee is the capital of Florida” in response to a math problem. “I didn’t hear the question,” he explains. “And most teachers like capitals and everyone loves Florida.” Adler also tempers the story’s humor with some poignant moments: Calvin says his father is a traveling spy when he has actually abandoned the family, and the jelly bean experiment is really about making friends. Squiggly cartoon line drawings (mostly character portraits) that appear throughout are purportedly Danny’s work; they look authentically kid­like but add little to the story. The novel delivers laughs as well as a clear message about friendship and acceptance, even when one’s friend is “100% weird.” Ages 7–up. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (Sept.)

 
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