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 Stella Endicott and the anything-is-possible poem (Tales From Deckawoo Drive)
 Author: DiCamillo, Kate

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2020)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 85 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 276786 ISBN: 9781536201802
 Ages: 7-9 Grades: 2-4

 Pigs -- Fiction
 Poetry -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction
 Community life -- Fiction
 Interpersonal relations -- Fiction

Price: $21.18

Stella Endicott crafts a beautiful poem about Mercy Watson, the pig who lives next door. But Horace Bloom insists that Stella's poem is full of lies.

 Illustrator: Van Dusen, Chris

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.90
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 508538

   Kirkus Reviews (03/15/20)
   School Library Journal (07/01/20)
   Booklist (03/15/20)
 The Hornbook (00/09/20)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 03/15/2020 Volume 5 of the Tales from Deckawoo Drive series focuses on second grader Stella Endicott. Tasked with creating a poem for class that includes a metaphor, Stella composes a verse about Mercy Watson, which classmate Horace Bloom criticizes. After a vociferous argument (Stella: Some pigs DO sit on couches!), the two are sent to the principal's office. Along the way, they encounter chatty maintenance engineer Mr. Murphy (who babbles enigmatically about chickens), a bullying upperclassman, and the principal's intimidating secretary, Mrs. Shirley, before becoming accidentally locked inside a janitorial closet. Throughout, Stella remains curious, courageous, and on the lookout for the perfect poetic metaphor. Surprisingly, she also comes to appreciate her annoyingly literal classmate. As always, DiCamillo offers readers sophisticated, hilarious fare, while Van Dusen's pleasing comic-style artwork captures everyone's eccentricities. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

Booklist - 03/15/2020 - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 07/01/2020 Gr 1–3—The fifth installment of Kate DiCamillo's beloved "Tales from Deckawoo Drive" series. After a three-year hiatus, young readers will be thrilled to reunite with their favorite characters and improve their reading skills with DiCamillo's clear, crisp prose. Stella Endicott is a bright and determined student, so when her teacher Miss Liliana asks the class to write a poem using a metaphor, she rises to the task. Horace Broom, however, is not impressed; he questions the quality of her work. Stella becomes indignant and before she knows it, the two of them get sent to the principal's office for arguing. Consumed by fear, Horace runs away from the office with Stella right behind him until they get locked in the janitor's closet. They discover they have more in common than they thought and become unexpected friends. This book maintains the charming and whimsical narrative style that has made the "Tales" series a gold standard for early reader books. DiCamillo regularly uses advanced vocabulary and seamlessly weaves word definitions into the plot. With metaphor as a primary concept, this text could easily be used in a classroom curriculum. Van Dusen's illustrations are delightful as always, and enhance the story with their humorous and exaggerated quality. VERDICT An engaging and high quality book for young students that will appeal to reluctant and advanced readers alike.—Katherine Hickey, Metropolitan Lib. Syst., Oklahoma City - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

School Library Journal - 07/01/2020 - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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