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Author of bestselling Holes - over half a million copies have been sold in the UK alone Lively and engaging eight-book series for 5-7 year olds - each story in the series tackles everyday problems and issues faced by children with refreshing humour and not once falling into patronising moralising Filled with black and white illustrations by Sue Hellard - a much admired and respected illustrator of children's books - adding her own humour and energy to the books
Louis Sachar is the author of the international bestseller and award-winning Holes, now a feature film. All of Louis's books for children have been published in the UK by Bloomsbury. These also include Stanley Yelnats' Survival Guide to Camp Greenlake, Dogs Don't Tell Jokes, There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, The Boy Who Lost His Face, Pig City, Someday Angeline and the Wayside School books. Louis Sachar lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, daughter and two dogs.
Gr 2-4-It's an unusual day at Marvin's school: everyone, including his teacher and the principal, is wearing something with holes in it. All come to regret "hole day" when they find out they will be having a surprise visitor-the President of the United States. As the teacher frantically tries to cover up the tear in her shirt that reveals her belly button, television crews enter the classroom. When the president arrives, he talks to the children about good citizenship and then allows time for questions. Marvin is so caught up in the excitement of the day that he forgets to go right home after school and finds himself in big trouble with his parents. All is forgiven, however, when his folks see him with the president on TV that night. Sachar exhibits a keen sense of the way a typical third grader thinks and he sprinkles the text with believable dialogue. Through a perfect blend of humor and thoughtful prose, he drives home the point of what good citizenship is without being didactic. The lively text is broken up periodically with black-and-white drawings. Despite its rather abrupt ending, this beginning chapter book will appeal to fans of the series.-Anne Knickerbocker, Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
'Louis Sachar is one of the few masters of American fiction' Independent on Sunday Praise for 'Holes': 'Magic and hard realism come crashing together. This is an extraordinary and unconventional novel' Observer 'An exceptionally good novel' Sunday Times Praise for 'Sideways Stories from Wayside School': 'Thirty clever, fast-moving stories that describe the bizarre events at Wayside School ... each story is refreshingly different' Guardian