Written by Andrew Clements
Illustrated by Brian Selznick

Reviewed by Passion R. (age 10)

Nick Allen likes to liven up things at his school. One day his language arts teacher, Mrs. Granger, told the class how someone can get a word published in the dictionary. When Nick heard about this, he wanted to come up with a new word. When he does, things start to get out of control. What do you think the word is? Will the word get published? To find out read the book.

My favorite part in the book was when Nick found out that Mrs. Granger was his language arts teacher. When he found out that Mrs. Granger was his language arts teacher, he acted a little scared because he had heard that Mrs. Granger was the meanest teacher in the school. I like this part because some of my friends said that my language arts teacher was a mean teacher, too.

Nick Allen is a funny character because he is always getting in trouble for joyful things. For example, he told all the students to say ?frindle? instead of cheese when they took their class picture. I think the book is fantastic because Nick always drives Mrs. Granger crazy.

Nick reminds me of my friend because my friend is full of jokes, too. Both of them are always coming up with ways to make people laugh.

The book has a few pictures in it. One of the illustrations in this book has Mrs. Granger and a chalkboard that says ?Read the dictionary?. I like this illustration because it really shows Mrs. Granger?s personality and helped me picture her as I was reading.

I recommend this book to kids that are naughty, kids that like jokes, and kids that are eight and older. I really hope you read the book.

Passion R. is a student in Mrs. LaRoche's 4th Grade Class