July 12, 2011

Fourth Grade Fuss

A new installation in my series of book reviews as I try to find new reading material for next year.

Fourth-Grade Fuss by Johanna Hurwitz
Julio Sanchez is worried to death about passing the fourth grade state test.  Follow Julio and his class as they prepares for the giant test and discover ways you can prepare for the tests in your life.

I love the idea of teaching children not to stress about the tests. The illustrations were adorable.  The characters are cute, if slightly stereotyped. My one wish is that there was more detail and voice in the story. I feel like it was the bare bones of a story and it didn't captivate me. I would still share it with my class, especially before the big tests, but it is still not my favorite.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Next on the reading list? Fourth Grade Weirdo by Martha Freedman


  1. Sounds like a great read-aloud. I like to read different books every year for this part of my reading, so I'll add it to my wish list at bn.com ❤ The list is getting rather long.

    Thanks from another 4th grade teacher.


    A Time to Share & Create

  2. Thanks for the suggestion! I've never heard of this book before, and I too am on a mission to find new read alouds for next year!

    Go Fourth! With Mrs. Owens

  3. Thanks for the book suggestion. Always looking for a good read aloud before testing.