The Candy Caper
The Candy Caper
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Series: Trouble at Table 5 Vol. 1   
Annotation: Molly gets things stuck in her head sometimes. When she sees a jar of candy on Principal Shelton's desk, she needs to know how many candeies are in that jar! Her best friends, Simon and Rosie, are ready to help her find the answer, even if it means detention for all of them!
Genre: [Humorous fiction]
Catalog Number: #203365
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Illustrator: Kissi, Marta,
Pages: 84 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-295340-0 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-7016-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-295340-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-7016-3
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2019950101
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Encouraging emergent readers with progress notes at each chapter's end, this series kickoff introduces a diverse trio of third-grade friends with complementary traits. When Molly o says things "get stuck" in her head sometimes, in reference to a habit of separating breakfast Froot Loops by color and an insistence that her socks be stored flat rather than rolled up cides that she just has to find out exactly how many Skittles are in the jar on the principal's desk, her tablemates Rosa, a math whiz, and gung ho Simon help her concoct a funny, ingenious scheme to spirit the jar away and take a count. Kissi adds a two-color illustration of the trio in action, a fanciful diagram, or a bit of arithmetic to almost every page of the well-paced, well-spaced narrative. Watson folds in unobtrusive behavior modeling by endowing his young narrator with peers and parents who are sensitive to her special needs, and, along with other enrichment activities at the end, engages young coconspirators with a challenge to come up with feasible alternative ploys.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3 Molly deals with compulsive tendencies often associated with OCD or ASD, but refreshingly, she is not labeled or diagnosed. Her parents and close friends understand, accept, and affirm her. However, Molly has a problem. She spies a jar of Skittles on her principal's desk, and she simply must know how many Skittles are in that jaror she will never get the jar out of her head. Her friends Simon and Rosie understand, so together the trio hatch a delightfully creative plan that will allow Molly to count the Skittles. The normalization of compulsive tendencies is extremely well executed here. Molly's voice is authentic and relatable, and the text is enhanced by lively, entertaining illustrations. Twelve small boxes at the end of each brief chapter are "filled in" as the narrative moves forward, providing structure and encouragement to readers wanting to track their progress. Yet some may feel that the book ends on an odd, unresolved note. Young readers often roll their eyes at overly didactic resolutions where adults finally prompt a protagonist to "do the right thing," but Watson firmly rejects this trope. Molly secretly swaps the jar of Skittles from her principal's desk with a different jar of Skittles, and her parents' reaction to learning the truth is to help Molly eat the Skittles --- a wryly humorous ending to take with a grain of salt. VERDICT Hand to young readers who adore silliness, and those who deal with compulsive tendencies. Sara White, Seminole County Public Library, Casselberry, FL
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Word Count: 5,762
Reading Level: 3.6
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.6 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 507302 / grade: Lower Grades

From the author of Stick Dog comes the first book in a highly illustrated early chapter book series about three best friends whose plans, missions, and schemes are sure to shake up their school. Molly gets things stuck in her head sometimes. When she sees a jar of candy on Principal Shelton's desk, she absolutely needs to know how many candies are in that jar! Luckily, her two best friends, Simon and Rosie, are ready to help her find the answer--even if it means detention for all of them! HarperChapters build confident readers one chapter at a time! With short, fast-paced books, art on every page, and milestone markers at the end of every chapter, they're the perfect next step for fans of I Can Read!

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