|Seven rules you absolutely must not break if you want to survive the cafeteria|
Author: Grandits, John
Explains the rules a kid must follow to survive the perilous world of the lunchroom.
|Illustrator:||Austin, Michael Allen|
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.50
Points: .5 Quiz: 189528
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 3.70
Points: 2.0 Quiz: 71174
Kirkus Reviews (06/01/17)
School Library Journal (08/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 05/15/2017 In Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the School Bus (2011), young Kyle managed to survive his trips on the bus, despite the advice of his older brother. In this sequel, the advice Kyle receives about cafeteria survival comes from a schoolmate but proves to be just as unnecessary as his last experience. Although Kyle breaks all seven rules he’s given, he not only survives but, once he gets seated (at the big kids’ table, no less), actually enjoys himself. During his various faux pas, Kyle’s vivid imagination and vast knowledge of insects merge, causing him to picture the humans as insects and helping to ease his embarrassment. With lengthy text and detailed illustrations, this is intended for a more sophisticated audience than most picture books. The illustrations are particularly effective, artfully transforming various characters into insects in such a way that even the grossest (meat-eating water bugs!) become appealing. Viewers learn along with Kyle that anxiety-inducing situations aren’t always what they seem. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 08/01/2017 Gr 1–4—The award-winning team behind Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want To Survive the School Bus pen another cautionary tale. The same young protagonist who survived the school bus is minding his own business when his bossy friend Ginny gives him strict guidelines on traversing the dreaded cafeteria. The rules are fairly straightforward and hold such time tested tenets as "Don't hold up the line" and "Never aggravate the lunch lady." Since he is reading a book on insects while she lectures him, all of the rules Ginny recite morph into a sort of insect-themed horror story. For instance, sixth graders are as "scary as a swarm of yellow jackets" and the school bully is portrayed as a giant meat-eating water bug. Of course, the boy does everything wrong but still manages to make it through the lunch hour in one piece. He concludes that the best advice is not to listen to Ginny ever again. Filled with engaging and sweeping illustrations done in acrylics, the pictures are engrossing and bring life to an otherwise verbose and confusing tale. The bug rift is intriguing but unfortunately muddles this lengthy and rambling story. VERDICT An optional purchase for those who have a strong fan base for the first book.—Amy Nolan, St. Joseph Public Library, MI - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.