Stuart's Cape by Sara Pennypacker
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A quick, inventive chapter book featuring an unusual hero--an eight-year-old worrier.

We meet Stuart pressed against a rainy window, worried and bored. Worried, because hundreds of things could go wrong in a new house, a new town, a new school. Bored, because he has no one to play with and because his collection of Valuable Things disappeared during the move. He really needs an adventure.
In one fateful moment, it all becomes clear: Stuart realizes that in order to have adventure, he needs a cape! After all, don't all those superheroes have capes? Each day the cape brings a different and unexpected adventure. He entertains a gorilla, a horse, and a dinosaur in his bedroom.
 

About Sara Pennypacker

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Before becoming an author, Sara Young was a watercolor painter. She has written several children's books including the Clementine series, Stuart's Cape, Stuart Goes to School, and Dumbstruck under the name of Sara Pennypacker. Written under her real name, My Enemy's Cradle is her first adult novel. She currently lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Matje is the illustrator of several picture books in France.
 
Published October 1, 2002 by Orchard. 64 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Fiction

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Pennypacker’s obvious plays on words are perfect for young readers just beginning to read chapter books.

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"The worrywart hero of Stuart's Cape faces his first day of classes in a new town.

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The worrywart hero of Stuart's Cape faces his first day of classes in a new town in Stuart Goes to School by Sara Pennypacker, illus.

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Most preposterous is the final episode: after Stuart's parents forbid him to wear his superhero gear on school orientation day, his cat falls asleep on his cape and ends up switching identities with the trash collector—but the upshot is realistic (Stuart makes a friend).

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"This winsomely warped tale introduces eight-year-old, woe-is-me Stuart, whose family has just moved to a new home.

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If you've ever moved or ever had to start at a new school, you understand how hard it is to be the new kid in the class.

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The Trades

Put down your controller a while and dig into some of the beautiful work that fleshes out your favorite video game, Halo 4.

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