Roscoe Riley Rules #1: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs by Katherine Applegate (ages 4 – 8 ) is the first title in this new series for independent readers introducing good-hearted, mishap-prone first-grader Roscoe. In short chapters filled with simple, snappy sentences, Roscoe tells his own story.
He’s excited about his class’ bee-song performance for the school open house. But the students’ bobbing antennas keep slipping, and kids won’t stay seated. Aiming to help, he tries Super-Mega-Gonzo Glue, a too-successful solution that attaches antennas to chairs and brings chaos, remorse, and a new appreciation for the awesome power of glue.
Roscoe is an appealing, lively kid whose story is both entertaining and thought-provoking (adults may want to review with kids the meaning and repercussions of permanent glue), and Biggs’ expressive pencil drawings add to the humor. A list of Way Cool Things that Somebody Should Invent closes the book.
The second title in the series, Roscoe Riley Rules #2: Never Swipe a Bully’s Bear, is also filled with comic mishaps. There’s obvious appeal for boys, but girls will like Roscoe as well. Grades K-3. (Booklist)