I Was a Third Grade Science Grade Project by Mary Jane Auch

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While trying to hypnotize his dog for the third grade science fair, Brian accidentally makes his best friend Josh think he's a cat.
 

About Mary Jane Auch

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As a child, Mary Jane Auch loved books and read constantly. Her interest in drawing began as a child and continued through high school. She went on to become an art major at Skidmore College. After graduation, Auch went for New York City, but after a year of designing prints for men's pajamas, she decided she wanted to do something more meaningful with her life. She enrolled in the Occupational Therapy program at Columbia University, and worked for some years in a children's hospital near Hartford, Connecticut. Eventually, Auch began illustrating for Pennywhistle Press, a national children's newspaper, which led to an interest in illustrating children's books. In the summer of 1984, Auch took a week-long children's writing conference on Cape Cod. Auch finally knew that she wanted to a writer when an instructor told her that sometimes artists find they can paint better pictures with words. She began sending manuscripts to publishers, writing four novels before she sold the first one. She then sold a second book to another publisher the same week. She continued writing books for older kids, abandoning her dream of illustrating for a while. After writing nine books, she wrote and illustrated The Easter Egg Farm, and has done both ever since. In high school Herm Auch painted sets for school plays, drawings for the yearbook, and was commissioned to do a landscape painting for one of his father's friends. While still in high school, Herm worked as an engraving apprentice for an offset printing company. When it was time to go to college, Herm followed his teacher's prophecy by enrolling as an illustration major at Rochester Institute of Technology, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In the summers between his college years, he worked for an art agency where one of his assignments was illustrating a book. In his senior year at RIT, Herm started working at the Gannett Rochester Newspapers. In 1966, he met MJ Springer, who soon became his wife. For a number of years, Herm had a weekly editorial cartoon called Herm Auch's Rochester. In 1975 Herm and columnist Dick Dougherty were assigned to ride across the country on bicycles, writing and illustrating the Bike Centennial series. In their three month odyssey, the two newsmen found fascinating stories of real people from coast to coast. Herm served as the photographer and illustrator for the project. Herm made his first venture into children's books by illustrating I Was A Third Grade Science Project, written by Mary Jane. After forty years as a newspaper graphic artist, Herm retired in 2000 to pursue a new career as a children's book illustrator.
 
Published October 1, 1999 by Perfection Learning. 80 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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Brian, the class brain, has come up with a unique science project to execute with his best friend (and the narrator), Josh, and class “moron,” Dougie;

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In I Was a Third Grade Science Project, Josh was hypnotized into thinking he was a cat.

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After Josh was hypnotized into thinking he was a cat in I Was a Third Grade Science Fair Project, in this sequel his dog, Artful, can talk.

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Three boys create mayhem while scrambling for their science fair project.

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