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This is a kid s book, but I love it so much When I was in third grade, my teacher, Mrs Kent, read it to our class When she got to a certain part, she was crying so hard, she couldn t read, so she called me up to read that part I told my mom how good it was, and we took turns reading from it to each other, finishing the whole thing in a few hours The summer when I was 19, I somehow remembered it, bought it, and read it again I later read it to my husband on a car trip, and he really liked i This is a kid s book, but I love it so much When I was in third grade, my teacher, Mrs Kent, read it to our class When she got to a certain part, she was crying so hard, she couldn t read, so she called me up to read that part I told my mom how good it was, and we took turns reading from it to each other, finishing the whole thing in a few hours The summer when I was 19, I somehow remembered it, bought it, and read it again I later read it to my husband on a car trip, and he really liked it too The other night, Louis Sachar s Holes came on tv and reminded me of this book yet again, so I had to add it to my favorites It is very special to me I really loved the way the intensity of Bradley was captured and I went up and down with him as he made progress, then went backward, then forward again There are so many beautiful touches his absurdly long list of topics to talk about, his talking stuffed animals, the picture of the monster with the heart.I was pleasantly suprised by this book, because the cover didn t indicate to me it would be so intense or layered The cover is a large, fairly realistic rendering of a surprised boy s I really loved the way the intensity of Bradley was captured and I went up and down with him as he made progress, then went backward, then forward again There are so many beautiful touches his absurdly long list of topics to talk about, his talking stuffed animals, the picture of the monster with the heart.I was pleasantly suprised by this book, because the cover didn t indicate to me it would be so intense or layered The cover is a large, fairly realistic rendering of a surprised boy s face and it looked like it would be light and maybe silly It had those layers without stepping out of being accessible to kids which I think is pretty artful Well, I can honestly understand why There s a Boy in the Girls Bathroom was never hugely popular with readers Its title borders on creepy, and the front cover artwork is visually unattractive That said, a lot of this is misleading as to what the book is truly about, and the story itself isn t bad There s a Boy in the Girls Bathroom deals with very important subject matter that a lot of kids simply don t understand It follows Bradley, a social outcast who nobody seems to get along with or e Well, I can honestly understand why There s a Boy in the Girls Bathroom was never hugely popular with readers Its title borders on creepy, and the front cover artwork is visually unattractive That said, a lot of this is misleading as to what the book is truly about, and the story itself isn t bad There s a Boy in the Girls Bathroom deals with very important subject matter that a lot of kids simply don t understand It follows Bradley, a social outcast who nobody seems to get along with or even like, and his struggles to change, with the help of a sympathetic school counsellor While most public schools these days have anti bullying programs and friendship building activities, it goes without saying that public schools are also a breeding ground for stigmatizing anybody who is different, and most students are pitted against the same crowd for a full twelve years before they finally graduate Louis Sachar captures exceptionally well the efforts of a social misfit with a bad reputation, and also the huge amount of difference that one caring person can make Bradley is torn between genuinely wanting to change and wanting to make real friends, and holding up the troublemaker persona which has become his shield for most of his life There s a Boy in the Girls Bathroom is one of those timeless books that definitely still belongs in classrooms for its thematic content alone, but also because Sachar truly understands how much it can suck to be a kid, and also the joy of overcoming that frustration This book offers some hope that anybody, regardless of their reputation, has the capacity to be accepted and welcomed As a teacher, I read a lot of juvenile fiction and much of it is good Some of it is forgettable, but this book is not I love this book.This book is about Bradley Chalkers Bradley is a bully Bradley is a behavior problem He doesn t do his homework, classworkanything Teachers pass him from grade to grade just so that don t have to teach him again Now, he s in 5th grade and his school hires a counselor named Miss Davis, or Carla, as she likes to be called The rest, as they say, is histor As a teacher, I read a lot of juvenile fiction and much of it is good Some of it is forgettable, but this book is not I love this book.This book is about Bradley Chalkers Bradley is a bully Bradley is a behavior problem He doesn t do his homework, classworkanything Teachers pass him from grade to grade just so that don t have to teach him again Now, he s in 5th grade and his school hires a counselor named Miss Davis, or Carla, as she likes to be called The rest, as they say, is history for Bradley And, yeshe does go into the girls bathroom My students love this book ( READ EPUB ) ☳ There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom ☰ Bradley Chalkers is the oldest kid in the fifth grade He tells enormous lies He picks fights with girls No one likes him except Carla, the new school counselor She thinks Bradley is sensitive and generous, and knows that Bradley could change, if only he weren t afraid to try But when you feel like the most hated kid in the whole school, believing in yourself can be the hardest thing in the world It s a shame the title is so ridiculous, because the book itself is not It s an honest and insightful look in to what makes a person good or bad and how one changes the way others perceive him It also shows beautifully the difference that adults can make on the lives and self images of children either to help them or to hurt them hopefully unintentionally.My strongest emotions at the end of this were anger and gratitude The portrayal of the school system in this book is heartbreaking It s a shame the title is so ridiculous, because the book itself is not It s an honest and insightful look in to what makes a person good or bad and how one changes the way others perceive him It also shows beautifully the difference that adults can make on the lives and self images of children either to help them or to hurt them hopefully unintentionally.My strongest emotions at the end of this were anger and gratitude The portrayal of the school system in this book is heartbreaking Bradley s teacher frustrated me so much people like that have no business being teachers She had him sitting in a back corner surrounded by empty desks and told the new boy that she was sorry those were the only open seats, because she knows nobody wants to sit by THAT boy.And then announcing to the class that there were 16 A s and the rest B s except for one F, when every student in the class will know who got the F is beyond belief heartless.What honestly made me angry was the depiction of the school board and the angry parent meeting that got Carla fired The one person who actually cares about the students and helping them learn to think for themselves educating them, in other words is the person they gang up on and reject The saddest part is that I fear that depiction is all too accurate in so many cases.What made me grateful was that in the midst of all of these horrible teachers and misguided systems, there are people like Carla People who aren t so quick to give up on the students People who want to help mold healthy individuals and not simply produce students who excel at doing what they re told People who don t make the poor Mom have to repeat But deep down inside he s really a good boy, because they can already see it for themselves.And the birthday party scene where all the girls start fighting over who gets to help Bradley and explain to him what happens at birthday parties goes a long way to restoring my faith in humanity after the school board scene That whole party was just so wonderfully well done, with Bradley slowly relaxing and everyone being so kind to him and all of them just having so much fun as a result Beautiful Lovely, lovely book I can t wait to recommend it to my students Having blown through the Wayside books with my girls, I thought I d pick up another Louis Sachar book Holes is off limits Liz and I have set some ground rules with what we allow ourselves to read out loud to the kids.I saw this book and thought WOAH That s by Louis Sachar No way I d always seen this lying around at home in my sisters room A room covered in books I was also slightly embarrassed by the cover, which may help explain why I d never read it.Then, half way through the book Having blown through the Wayside books with my girls, I thought I d pick up another Louis Sachar book Holes is off limits Liz and I have set some ground rules with what we allow ourselves to read out loud to the kids.I saw this book and thought WOAH That s by Louis Sachar No way I d always seen this lying around at home in my sisters room A room covered in books I was also slightly embarrassed by the cover, which may help explain why I d never read it.Then, half way through the book, I realized I HAD read it Not only that, but there were parts that stuck with me, and would bother me from time to time I d think about it, get a little angry about the scene, and then get angry with myself, because I couldn t remember where I had heard it Onthan one occasion I d thought about asking about it in the goodreads What s the Name of That Book group, but I never did.In other news, it seems like boys bathrooms and girls bathrooms and girls and boys bathrooms and boys in girls bathrooms seems to be all anybody can talk about these days States, cities, and localities are passing laws right and left For instance view spoiler hide spoiler In case you re wondering, reading this book had nothing to do with that.As is the case when I read a book with any of my daughters, I ll let them come up and offer the true review They also determine the number of stars to give the book I read this one over the course of a month or so, at night, just before they all fell asleep or were supposed to, at least I ll go call them up.There may be some mild spoilers in here Read on at your own risk.Dad So, what d you think Gwennie I love, love, love, love, loved it El I loved it, too Poppy scared I don t know where to sit crams onto the bench Just read what we have so far Poppy Hey I love, love, love, love, loved it TOO Dad Poppy, what do you remember about the book Poppy The The Uhhh When he said, GIVE ME A DOLLAR OR I WILL SPIT ON YOU Dad Did you like that part Poppy Yessss Give me a dollar or I will spit on you She and Gwennie keep repeating this Dad Do you think it s nice to spit on people Poppy No.Dad So why do you like that part Poppy Uhhhhh Because I just do.Eleanor Is it because it s interesting Poppy Yes.Dad Eleanor, what s your favorite part Eleanor I liked it when it was Colleen s birthday party And my favorite character was Carla.Dad Why was Carla your favorite Eleanor Um Because she was really nice.Dad You were going to add somestuff to that El Yeah I was going to add someto my favorite part I thought it was funny when Bradley tore his pants because he thought you had to have torn pants to go to a birthday party.Dad Gwen your turn.Gwennie You mean my saddest favorite part Dad Whatever you want Go ahead Gwennie MY saddest favorite part iiiisss um looks around the room while chewing her hair It was when Carla was leaving.Dad What do you mean Gwen I mean, I didn t like it when Carla was going to go work with kindergartners.Dad Why not Gwen Because it made Bradley sad.Eleanor I didn t like that part either, but I have a question.Dad What s that Eleanor Why, when Bradley was going to the barbershop and said he wanted to go to school why did his mother why was his mother like, Bradley Don t do that again He didn t do anything I mean, I know that the car swerved, but I feel like it s not Bradley s fault that the car swerved He just startled his mother a little Why was she like that Dad Well, Bradley s mother was driving the car, and holding on to the steering wheel The way he startled her made her jerk the wheel which made the car swerve.El But, he didn t mean to startle her, so why was she like that Dad When you re in the car with a driver, you need to be careful to not startle, or distract the driver.El I get it But I feel like when you re driving the car, and someone s crying really loud in the back seat we don t get in big trouble like that.Dad True But, if I know the crying s going on it s not the same kind of distracting as something that startles a driver.Dad Poppy, should we add anything else to the review Poppy I have nowhere to sit She left to go look through some Halloween candy she found in here No joke It s March And it s the day after Easter And Poppy found some old Halloween candy Gwen I think I know what to add.Dad What are you going to add Gwen I m going to add that we liked the book.El AND I RECOMMEND IT TO PEOPLE OHHHH We forgot to say how many stars we re going to give the book Dad How many stars are we going to give it El Five How many stars do you want to give it, Gwen Gwen Um F I V E.Poppy Has been saying five and six continuously Dad Well, I guess it s decided then Review from April 2014I will never not love this book Also, Louis Sachar forever.While I was rereading this book for the 10,000th time in my life, I was thinking that this book probably taught me a lot about empathy when I was younger All kids should learn to have empathy To put themselves in another person s shoes To try to understand somebody s motivations To be nice It s important The end.Review from October 2007I don t know why lately, but I ve had problems committing myself to seriou Review from April 2014I will never not love this book Also, Louis Sachar forever.While I was rereading this book for the 10,000th time in my life, I was thinking that this book probably taught me a lot about empathy when I was younger All kids should learn to have empathy To put themselves in another person s shoes To try to understand somebody s motivations To be nice It s important The end.Review from October 2007I don t know why lately, but I ve had problems committing myself to serious, long, adult novels I recently found this book at the Durham County Library Book Sale best book sale EVER and was ecstatic I probably read this book 20 times when I was in the 1st, 2nd, and or 3rd grade s It s about problem child, bully of the school Bradley Chalkers, and how he changes through friendship and believing in himself It s a very sweet story that I d recommend to anybody Also, Louis Sachar, the author, is a genius I love his other books that I ve read, like Holes, and who can forget the Wayside School stories Great This is a perfect read aloud book, one I d seen in classrooms for ages but never actually read until my coteacher suggested it And she was right There s so much to have deeper conversations around with our class.Bradley, the bad kid , is everyone s idea of a nightmare, but the book slowly lets you in to see exactly how low his self esteem is I loved seeing Bradley alone in his room, using his model animals to allow himself to actually feel what he s feeling instead of just yellingThis is a perfect read aloud book, one I d seen in classrooms for ages but never actually read until my coteacher suggested it And she was right There s so much to have deeper conversations around with our class.Bradley, the bad kid , is everyone s idea of a nightmare, but the book slowly lets you in to see exactly how low his self esteem is I loved seeing Bradley alone in his room, using his model animals to allow himself to actually feel what he s feeling instead of just yelling This is a perfect read aloud book, one I d seen in classrooms for ages but never actually read until my coteacher suggested it And she was right There s so much to have deeper conversations around with our class.Bradley, the bad kid , is everyone s idea of a nightmare, but the book slowly lets you in to see exactly how low his self esteem is I loved seeing Bradley alone in his room, using his model animals to allow himself to actually feel what he s feeling instead of just yelling and raging and growling at everything around him to scare people off In life it s hard to let people in and actually be yourself, especially when you hate yourself as much as Bradley does He gets through it and realizes he can be a friend and a good person, but I love that it s slow and hard it goes terribly over and over again That s how it really is in life You can t just fix stuff immediately.I also loved that Jeff who at first I thought would be the main character who gets to know the real Bradley and understands him was actually the secondary character He was a friend to Bradley, but he didn t just stick by him or discover him He got angry at him, he ditched him for the cool kids it was a lotlike real life I also felt his frustration after trying to Bradley s frustration, I would ve given up too You can only do so much to be someone s friend, after all Sometimes they have to do things on their own I also really like that Louis Sachar used the idea of a monster to symbolize Bradley We all kind of feel like monsters sometimes I know I can feel scary and terrible and like no one would want to be around We all have things we hate about ourselves, even though mine aren t tentacles or having four fingers But it reminds me of the movie Monsters, Inc the monsters are scary to some people, but darn, aren t they also awesome and kind of adorable So Bradley and the rest of us can be those things, too Probably Eventually At first I thought this would be the usual story of the problem child in the classroom learning to be good and making friends but the story didn t take the straight path from A B.The character development was much stronger than I expected in such a short book and there was no easy attribution of black hats and white hats.Bradley s family was quite pleasant and not to blame for his behaviour and the teachers though obviously exasperated with him were alsothan happy to respond to any improve At first I thought this would be the usual story of the problem child in the classroom learning to be good and making friends but the story didn t take the straight path from A B.The character development was much stronger than I expected in such a short book and there was no easy attribution of black hats and white hats.Bradley s family was quite pleasant and not to blame for his behaviour and the teachers though obviously exasperated with him were alsothan happy to respond to any improvement he made.To be honest in the first few pages I had serious concerns about Bradley s mental health with him being so totally isolated from the outside world and communicating only with his toys.Although the story was obviously leading us to the new Bradley the setbacks he suffered were realistic and peripheral story lines showed us that none of the children passed through life completely untroubled.The only niggle I have is that during the party scene the author seemed to be laying the foundation for further development of Jeff s character but nothing came of it.I did wonder if book was aimed at too young an audience or maybe at non reading under achievers like Bradley because I felt that the story and the author s talents would have been better served if the story had been 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