Book or Bell?

Book or Bell?

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Engrossed in a book, Henry decides to ignore the school bell, which sets off a chain reaction.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2017.
ISBN: 9781681197296
Branch Call Number: E BARTON
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 x 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Spires, Ashley 1978-- Illustrator


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SPL_Childrens Jun 15, 2018

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SPL_Childrens Jun 15, 2018

It all started when Henry found the "most awesome", "amazing" and "stupendous" book to read in his classroom. It was about a bike, and Henry just couldn't put it down ... not even when the school lunch bell rang.
Henry ignored the lunch bell, stayed put and read on.
The cafeteria lady and the teacher couldn't believe it! Had a student ever missed lunch before to keep reading a book?
The principal and the town mayor were informed. They were incredulous. Perhaps the school needed a louder bell?
The next day, the old bell was replaced by one that sounded like an explosion at a drum factory.
But Henry read on.
What to do now? The governor was consulted and on the following day an even louder bell was installed in the school. Its blast sounded like a ton of air horns getting smashed by a freight train. The sound blew half the whiteboards off the walls and caused calamity on the streets close to the school ... but even then, Henry merely read on!
Now the bell was replaced again. The new bell was louder than the Daytona 500 and a whole squadron of planes. It blew everyone out of their desks ... but Henry continued to read, upside-down.
Obviously, a different solution was needed ... but what?
Children will be delighted by this hilarious story and its surprising conclusion.
** Recommended for ages 4 to 8 years.
** Reviewed by Sally Hengeveld, librarian, Stratford Public Library.


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