When you’re learning to read, and you look at those words on the page, they can look really strange. This is the story of Henry P. Baloney who is trying to explain to his teacher why he is late to school. His story uses words from many different languages and also shows how words might twist themselves around on the page to become something different than what they are supposed to be. It involves a trip on a “razzo” which required a “zimulis” to open the escape “pordo.” Oh no, the “razzo” is blasting off and takes Henry to the planet “Astrosus” where he is crowned “Kuningus.” Perhaps a sighing “flosser” will be the answer. Hilarious and maybe just a little bit validating for struggling beginning readers.
40 pages 978-0142404300 Ages 7-10
Keywords: reading, learning to read, humor, fun, school issues, science fiction, words, 7 year old, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, Language Arts Curriculum
The twisted team that gave the world Squids Will Be Squids and The Stinky Cheese Man now delivers a whole lot of Baloney. Henry P. Baloney. Henry is an alien schoolkid who needs to come up with one very good excuse to explain why he is late for szkola, again. Otherwise, his teacher Miss Bugscuffle promises, it's Permanent Lifelong Detention.
Henry's tall tale of his lost zimulis-received from deep space by Jon Scieszka-is told in at least twenty different Earth languages and graphically recreated in Lane Smith's out-of-this-world illustrations.
The unbelievable trip into Henry's wild universe may be the most original excuse ever for being late for szkola. Or it might just be Baloney. Henry P. Baloney.---from the publisher