Thursday, August 24, 2006

The Homework Machine

Author: Dan Gutman
Reading Level: 4th and 5th

Pages: 146
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Edition: Hardcover, 2006

This definitely is a highly enjoyable book -- a lot less funny than I had expected, and the homework machine itself seems a little bit far-fetched, but the characters and their slowly developed friendship are utterly true to life that the whole story simply works, convincingly. This is a quick read. The teacher (Miss Rasmussen)who is neither a heroic figure, nor a villain, is also realistically portrayed. Indeed there is no villain at all, except, maybe Belch the Computer itself and the internal enemies of all: laziness, bad habits, insecurity.

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