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Centerburg Tales

by Robert McCloskey Paperback
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Product Information

  • AR Level6
  • AR Quiz Number18
  • AR Quiz Points5
  • AuthorRobert McCloskey
  • Guided Reading LevelQ
  • Page Count192
  • ISBN10014031072X
  • ISBN139780140310726
  • PublisherPenguin Publishing Group
  • Year Published1977
  • Grade Level3 - 7
  • Type of BookFiction
  • SubjectHumorous stories (Children's/YA)
    General fiction (Children's/YA)
  • Lexile Level1020
  • ImprintPuffin

Product Description

Centerburg "might" be your town. Grampa Hercules and his never-ending tall tales, Dulcy Dooner, the uncooperative citizen, unbusinesslike Uncle Ulysses and his friendly lunchroom, the flustered sheriff, the pompous judge--they are all as American as they come. But there's a subtle and delightful difference. In Centerburg, along with the routine of day-to-day living, the most preposterous things keep happening. But nothing fazes Homer Price Ragweeds taller than fire ladders, music that sets a whole town dancing--he solves these problems calmly and efficiently. Homer Price is a boy with a good supply of common sense--and ingenuity Homer's Grampa Hercules is a delightful old rascal and his extravagent reminiscences of his youth are the starting point of many of the episodes. The chapter titles are as enticing as the chapters themselves: The Hide-a-Ride, Looking for Gold, Ever So Much More So, Experiment 13, Grampa Hercules and the Gravitty-Bitties, Pie and Punch and You-Know-Whats. Mr. McCloskey's characters have warmth and kindness and a healthy curiosity; but they are not above a few minor faults and foibles. They are unmistakenably alive. Like Mr. McCloskey himself, they are perpetually amused by the everyday hazards and discrepancies around them.

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