My Weird School Daze #5: Officer Spence Makes No Sense by Dan Gutman
This is a super easy novel, maybe 80 pages long that I recommend to parents and kids because it’s short and funny and a good starter novel. And there’s like a million in the series, so it’s a pretty solid recommendation. But until now I haven’t actually read one. It’s not much a commitment really.
The premise is there seems to be a sandwich thief in Ella Mentary School and Officer Spence, the security guard is determined to stop whoever it is, even if it means arresting everyone – all the teachers, the principle, everyone. When will the madness stop?
There was a lot about this book that I expected. Short, lots of pictures, funny, easy reading level, basically a perfect starter novel for a reluctant reader. What I wasn’t expecting was some of the clever language play and literacy jokes that were worked in there as well. As you may have noticed, they attend Ella Mentary School, which is a pretty excellent pun. And there’s more. So many more. The kids aren’t really meant to be characters, just jokes and it works well because they’re hilarious. And you can see the author laughing too, through funny tricks like having a chapter so short it was only one page, that ends with laughing at the teacher who’s making you read one more chapter.
I stand by my recommendation. Great literature it is not, but as a fun easy, transition read it’s basically perfect.
Last movie I watched:
Still About Time. I’m not watching much these days.
Last TV show I watched:
Probably still Love It or List It. Which is unnecessary dramatic.