BOOK of the week

The Top Ten Ways to Ruin the First Day of School

Sunday, August 27, 2006

With school starting up again, here's a book that might make you want to go back -- if your class had a boy named Tony Baloney, a kid who got his nickname for his love of peanut-butter- and-baloney sandwiches. A kid who tries to jump rope on a flushing toilet. A kid whose dog winds up in his fifth-grade classroom's aquarium. A kid who writes Top Ten lists and sends them to the David Letterman show.

This very funny, very silly book is filled with kids, teachers and parents who will make you laugh -- when you're not chuckling about Tony's latest antics. And at 165 pages, it's short enough to finish before the homework starts piling up.

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