Persuading Miss Doover

Robin Pulver

Book - 2018

"Jack and Samir love to sit together--and they love to laugh, too. So much so that Miss Doover finally has to separate them. Then Miss Doover gives the class the assignment to write about something they care about, and Jack sees his chance to sit next to his best friend again. But writing an essay isn't that easy! Can Jack finally persuade Miss Dover to give him the thing he wants most...his seat back, next to Samir?"--Page [2] of cover.

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Humorous fiction
Picture books
New York : Holiday House [2018]
First edition
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Main Author
Robin Pulver (author)
Other Authors
Stéphanie Roth Sisson (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Welcome back to Miss Doover's classroom, where Jack persuades his buddy Samir to put a whoopee cushion on their teacher's chair. After the prank succeeds, she decides to separate the boys. Noting that there's good persuasion and bad, she assigns a four-sentence persuasive essay in class. Both Samir and Jack seize the opportunity to convince Miss Doover to seat them together again. After reading each draft, she explains why she's not convinced, offering constructive comments such as, "Be calm. Be clear. Be kind," "Bribery isn't good persuasion. Neither are threats," and "Why will it be for my own good as well as yours if you sit together?" When the boys finally succeed, it's a win for everyone. A bit of narrative runs through this amusing picture book, while the action unfolds primarily in the lively mixed-media illustrations, which feature some comics-style panels, and the dialogue appears in speech balloons. A fine, funny sequel to Thank You, Miss Doover (2010) and an excellent read-aloud choice for classes learning the useful art of persuasive writing. Grades 1-3. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2—Friends sit together, right? Conspiring with his best buddy, Jack persuades Samir to place a whoopee cushion on their teacher's chair, and both receive a new seat assignment far away from the other. The prank also generates a new class assignment from their perceptive teacher—to write a four-sentence persuasive essay: "Write about what you want to happen. Then give two reasons why. Then tell why again, in a slightly different way." Jack, of course writes about sitting next to his friend Samir. With Miss Doover's continued instructions and constructive criticism, the boys, their classmates, and readers receive additional help in shaping an argument… use good grammar, no hyperbole, be calm, be clear, be kind, no bribery or threats. Dialogue presented in speech bubbles, text that defines newly introduced words, and examples of persuasive writing join colorful cartoon images of an ethnically diverse classroom in a mixed media presentation drawn from a variety of perspectives with inserted writing examples. VERDICT Enjoyable and informative, this engaging title is a suggested general purchase for all libraries.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Miss Doover turns Jack and Samir's misbehavior into a lesson on writing and revising a persuasive essay.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Two prankster best friends try to convince their teacher to let them sit together by writing a persuasive essay in this picture book filled with laughter and helpful writing tips. Samir and Jack are in the doghouse after an incident involving a whoopee cushion and an unflattering drawing of the principal. When Miss Doover changes their seats, they decide to write a persuasive essay as a way to convince her to reunite them! As the boys make their best case, Miss Doover walks them through the essay process, insisting on several of her famous do-overs (also known as revisions) and cautioning them to avoid incorrect grammar, hyperbole, and exaggeration. They eventually get the hang of persuasive writing, but not before some laugh-out-loud attempts: I'll die if I can't sit next to Samir! People will be sobbing at my funeral!!!Miss Doover should give Samir and me another chance to sit together. Then we won't have to yell across the room to talk to each other. We promise to be good!!!!! (That is true. It is not hyperbole.)Celebrated author Robin Pulver and artist Stephanie Roth Sisson have crafted a persuasively good book about the power of the written word.