Author: Funk, Josh
When precocious inventor Albie Newton enters a new preschool, he concocts the perfect plan for making friends. Unfortunately, it involves stealing the hamster's wheel, snatching the wings off of Dave's toy airplane, and generally making a giant mess.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.10
Points: .5 Quiz: 195738
Kirkus Reviews (-) (03/15/18)
School Library Journal (05/01/18)
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School Library Journal - 05/01/2018 K-Gr 2—With a nod to the famous inventor, Albie's passion as a thinker and a tinker is clear from the start. He arrives at a new school intent on constructing a special gift to befriend his classmates. Unfortunately, he shirks his clean-up duties, making others pick up the slack, and monopolizes all the craft supplies. Finally, a surprisingly astute Shirley dissuades the frustrated student mob saying, "Maybe Albie didn't know. Let's look at what he made." His monumental spaceship time machine wins them over and the final spread shows a shot of the class, including the teacher, wearing historical costumes in space. Garay's illustrations are colorful and humorously incorporate tools and objects into the background of each page while Funk's satisfying rhyme propels the story like one of Albie's chugging inventions. VERDICT Part ode to creativity, part reminder to be a conscientious classmate, this title will find its niche in elementary STEM collections and classrooms everywhere.—Jenna Boles, Greene County Public Library, Beavercreek, OH - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.