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Everybody Needs a Buddy
ISBN: 9781328973405
Author: Preller, James/ Gilpin, Stephen (ILT)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: January 2019
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Binding Type: Paperback
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The Big Idea Gang is buddying up on a new idea for a more welcoming playground in this chapter book series about making a case—and making a difference.

When third-graders Deon, Kym, Lizzy, and Connor formed the Big Idea Gang, their mission was simply to oust the old mascot in favor of something cooler. But sales from the new mascot paraphernalia have led to extra cash for the PTA, and you can bet this gang has big ideas about how to spend it. A playground pirate ship! An author visit! New basketball hoops! There are lots of ways they can think of to improve their school; but what about a way to make it a kinder, more inclusive place? Luckily, their teacher, Miss Zips, is skilled in the art of persuasion. Armed with Miss Zips's persuasive tips, the Big Idea Gang sets out to build a case for a new-and-improved Clay Elementary, and convince the rest of the school that their idea is the best.

Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Readers
Library of Congress Subjects:
Schools; Fiction.
Persuasion (Psychology); Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2018032031
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Series: Big Idea Gang
Book type: Easy Fiction
Target Grade: 3-4
Grade level: 3-4
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 5.75" W
Bargain Category: Chapter Books, Early Elementary, Growing Up
Grade level(s): 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2019 Fall)
A group of third graders form the Big Idea Gang and convince their schoolmates to ditch their traditional armadillo mascot for a dragon ([cf2]Mascot[cf1]); the group then persuades their school to add two buddy benches to the playground to help students find new friends ([cf2]Buddy[cf1]). The short, heavily illustrated chapter books contain a solid dose of learning along with the appealing contemporary-school-story plots. [Review covers these Big Idea Gang titles: [cf2]Everybody Needs a Buddy[cf1] and [cf2]Worst Mascot Ever[cf1].] Copyright 2019 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 December)

Gr 2–4—Preller, author of the popular "Jigsaw Jones" books, launches a new series about friends who strive to make their school community a better place. When Deon notices a new kid standing sadly by himself during recess, he and his friends brainstorm possible ways to involve this student, as well as other loners, during recess. The Big Idea Gang has lots of ideas, including assembling a spaceship on the playground, until they hit upon the idea of a "buddy bench" as a place to go for kids who are feeling lonely during recess, signaling to others that companionship is needed. It is up to the gang with the help of their engaged teacher Miss Zips to make a case for adding a buddy bench even without the necessary funds. The narrative features children of various cultural backgrounds and genders hanging out together and cooperating in order to improve their community. Preller addresses topics such as kindness, activism, immigration, community involvement, and the dangers of gossip in an approachable way for a young audience. Readers will appreciate the numerous cartoon illustrations, short chapters with snappy titles, and large print with wide page margins. This title has classroom appeal and is perfect for kids not quite ready for Wonder. The other title in the set, The Worst Mascot Ever, appears to be the series opener, but readers can jump into this volume with no trouble. VERDICT A fresh new series nudging emerging readers towards social change and kindness towards others.—Kate Nafz, Fair Lawn Public Library, NJ

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