The Dunderheads Behind Bars by Paul Fleischman

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Everyone's favorite underdogs are back! Can they land work on a movie set — and foil a cat burglar — with their unusual and motley skills?

School is out for the summer, and the Dunderheads are finally rid of the awful Miss Breakbone. Or so they thought! Teen star Ashley Throbb-Hart is shooting a movie nearby, and who should show up as an extra but their formidable former teacher! She's not the only Breakbone on the scene, either; after a string of burglaries strikes town, Miss Breakbone steers her barrel-chested brother, Police Chief Breakbone, toward those meddling, good-for-nothing Dunderheads. And when Spider ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time, the blowhard chief has all the evidence he needs to lock him up. Can Einstein, Wheels, Nails, Spitball, Google-Eyes, Clips, Junkyard, Pencil, and Hollywood combine their talents to catch the real criminal before they join their friend behind bars? Newbery Medalist Paul Fleischman and illustrator David Roberts reunite for a delightfully triumphant sequel to The Dunderheads.
 

About Paul Fleischman

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Paul Fleischman won the Newbery Medal for Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices and a Newbery Honor for Graven Images. Among his award-winning picture books are Sidewalk Circus and Weslandia, both illustrated by Kevin Hawkes; The Animal Hedge, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline; and The Dunderheads, for which he won the PEN Literary Award. Paul Fleischman lives in Aromas, California.David Roberts is the author-illustrator of the Bertie Books and the illustrator of many books for children, including The Dumpster Diver by Janet S. Wong and The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman, which was short-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal. David Roberts lives in London.
 
Published April 10, 2012 by Candlewick. 48 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books.

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The Dunderheads are back in another amusing caper that's sure to please fans of their earlier exploits (The Dunderheads ...

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Fleischman’s characters verge on caricature—the problem-solving narrator is a clever boy nicknamed Einstein, his friend Junkyard collects cast-off items from everywhere and the ominously named Miss Breakbone delights in tormenting her students—and Roberts’s watercolor-and–pen-and-ink illustration...

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Some sly references might go over the heads of the intended audience (don’t miss Liza as Sally Bowles in the line-up of aspiring extras), but readers of all ages will enjoy poring over the pages to find the hidden humor.

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In this Hollywood-inflected outing, the gang of uniquely talented children gets cast as extras in a movie that’s filming in town (so does their nemesis, the brutish Miss Breakbone, who makes a horrifying cameo in a dress resembling Marilyn Monroe’s in The Seven Year Itch).

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The Dunderheads try out, while Spider climbs a large object to view the long line.

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