Mom, There's a Dinosaur in Beeson's Lake
Mom, There's a Dinosaur in Beeson's Lake
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Annotation: When ten-year-old "Scab" McNally takes swimming lessons, he is afraid he will be forced to reveal his secret fear of deep water.
Catalog Number: #41417
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: 2011
Illustrator: Paillot, Jim,
Pages: 145 pages
Availability: Available (Limited Quantities Available / While Supplies Last)
ISBN: Publisher: 1-416-96112-7 Perma-Bound: 0-605-41217-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-416-96112-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-41217-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2008022330
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
As if dealing with his genius twin sister weren't enough, summer brings new challenges for kid inventor Scab McNally. These include avoiding swim lessons and trying to capture the mysterious creature in Beeson's Lake. Scab's humorous first-person voice combines with quirky illustrations and entertaining sidebar boxes (e.g., "Scab's Trick Toe") to make an entertaining boy-geared read.
Kirkus Reviews
Salvatore Wallingford McNally, nicknamed Scab, uses his scientific studies for an even more practical purpose than annoying his twin sister: getting out of his dreaded swimming lessons. He'd rather spend his early-morning hours relaxing with his fishing buddies than diving in the deep end, but his outlandish pranks threaten to derail his summer plans. When his elusive catch slips away, Scab concocts a plan to hook the dinosaur believed to be hiding in the lake. His fast-paced first-person narration features punchy one-liners and revels in revolting gags to propel the unlikely events, though nuanced characterization reveals some complexity as Scab struggles for his peers' acceptance. His flippant, comic voice resonates in his frequent journal lists. He outlines his quirkiest fears, including a phobia of the letter G. "I can't write it in cursive. My teacher Miss Sweetandsour says my G's are saggy. So are her ears." Paillot's angular drawings suit the characters's zany antics. The Secrets of a Lab Rat series serves up another chuckle-inducing helping with this second installment. (Fiction. 8-11)
School Library Journal
Gr 35 Scab McNally is back in this laugh-out-loud volume. With high energy and ingenious ideas, the 10-year-old skates (just barely!) through one sticky situation after another. The plot focuses on a dinosaurlike creature he spots while fishing with his buddies, but nonstop goofiness, plot-related or not, is the real draw here. Cartoon drawings and plenty of sidebars full of Scab's secrets, tips, and other hilarious insider information break up the text. A solid step up from Captain Underpants. Amanda Moss Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library, WI
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Horn Book (8/1/10)
Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal (5/1/10)
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Word Count: 19,300
Reading Level: 3.3
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.3 / points: 3.0 / quiz: 135596 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.2 / points:7.0 / quiz:Q48062
Lexile: 540L

Fourth grader Scab McNally has a real quandary on his hands. During a fishing expedition with his two best friends and new favorite doggy companion, golden retriever Joe, he's convinced that he glimpsed some kind of swamp creature. All Scab needs to do is get permission to go back out on Beeson's Lake with another fishing rod (and some special handcrafted dinosaur-spying inventions, of course!) and he'll be able to find proof. But before she'll let him back out on the water, Scab's mom insists that he pass the swimming class he's being forced to take with his "smart times ten" twin sister Isabelle. That means Scab has to master swimming in the super deep end of the pool, and Scab is NOT ready for that! So, it's back to his top secret lab to diagram some special schemes and plans for the occasion. Will any of them go awry? Well, it wouldn't be any fun if they didn't, would it?

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