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Cody Harmon, King of Pets: Franklin School Friends


Series
Franklin School Friends

by
Claudia Mills
illustrated by
Rob Shepperson

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN
9780374302238

Awards and Honors
The Kirkus Prize 2016 Nominee, Young Readers
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Cody can’t afford to enter his nine animals in the school pet show, so he lends some to classmates. Despite some misgivings, Cody even lets his friend Tobit borrow his rooster. Black-and-white illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

144

Trim Size

5" x 7 1/2"

AR

4.6: points 2

Lexile

790L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

6

JLG Release

Aug 2016

Book Genres


Topics

Pets. Schools. Friendship. Pet shows.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

A new addition to the series, this installment centers on Cody, a third-grade lover of pets and animals. Cody, who lives on a farm with his mom, dad, and nine-month-old twin sisters, struggles with schoolwork. He is writing a report on pigs—he has an adored pet pig named Mr. Piggins—but would much rather play than do homework. As in the other titles, the principal, Mr. Boone, interrupts the class, this time announcing a pet contest to raise money for the Humane Society. Cody wants to bring all nine of his pets (including Mr. Piggins, a rooster, and three chickens) but doesn’t have the $10 entry fee for each pet to participate. Dad offers to pay him extra allowance if he works harder on rewriting his pig report, but that won’t be quite enough to cover the full cost. Classmate Tobit wants to borrow Rex, Cody’s golden retriever, but after observing Tobit being mean to another animal, Cody is not convinced his friend is sensitive enough to care for the dog. Mr. Boone helps the boys resolve their differences, and all ends well. There is good character development, as well as lots of plot to keep newly independent readers engaged. VERDICT Another good entry in this realistic fiction series perfect for young readers who have exhausted all of the “Clementine” (Hyperion) and “Ivy and Bean” (Chronicle) books.—Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City

Horn Book

This fifth entry in the chapter book series (beginning with Kelsey Green, Reading Queen, rev. 5/13) focuses on third-grader Cody, who loves animals as passionately as he hates school. When Principal Boone announces Franklin School’s first-ever pet show, Cody seems like a shoo-in to finally win some kind of an award. He does own nine pets, after all. Unfortunately, the entrance fee is ten dollars per pet, and he has just three dollars—not enough to enter even one of his beloved animals. Luckily, his dad offers him a deal: seven dollars in exchange for doing a good job on his homework for a week. Now Cody’s only problem (besides having to do his dreaded homework) is which pet to take to the show: one of his two dogs, one of his two cats, one of his three chickens, his rooster, or his pig. Cody’s troubles—with homework, with best friend Tobit, and with a scheme to get all his animals into the show by loaning them out—are presented sympathetically by seasoned author Mills, who portrays elementary-school friendship drama with a skillful hand. As usual, Shepperson’s lighthearted illustrations help young readers envision the story, one that will please both newcomers to and longtime fans of this accessible and satisfying series. jennifer m. brabander

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

A new addition to the series, this installment centers on Cody, a third-grade lover of pets and animals. Cody, who lives on a farm with his mom, dad, and nine-month-old twin sisters, struggles with schoolwork. He is writing a report on pigs—he has an adored pet pig named Mr. Piggins—but would much rather play than do homework. As in the other titles, the principal, Mr. Boone, interrupts the class, this time announcing a pet contest to raise money for the Humane Society. Cody wants to bring all nine of his pets (including Mr. Piggins, a rooster, and three chickens) but doesn’t have the $10 entry fee for each pet to participate. Dad offers to pay him extra allowance if he works harder on rewriting his pig report, but that won’t be quite enough to cover the full cost. Classmate Tobit wants to borrow Rex, Cody’s golden retriever, but after observing Tobit being mean to another animal, Cody is not convinced his friend is sensitive enough to care for the dog. Mr. Boone helps the boys resolve their differences, and all ends well. There is good character development, as well as lots of plot to keep newly independent readers engaged. VERDICT Another good entry in this realistic fiction series perfect for young readers who have exhausted all of the “Clementine” (Hyperion) and “Ivy and Bean” (Chronicle) books.—Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City

Horn Book

This fifth entry in the chapter book series (beginning with Kelsey Green, Reading Queen, rev. 5/13) focuses on third-grader Cody, who loves animals as passionately as he hates school. When Principal Boone announces Franklin School’s first-ever pet show, Cody seems like a shoo-in to finally win some kind of an award. He does own nine pets, after all. Unfortunately, the entrance fee is ten dollars per pet, and he has just three dollars—not enough to enter even one of his beloved animals. Luckily, his dad offers him a deal: seven dollars in exchange for doing a good job on his homework for a week. Now Cody’s only problem (besides having to do his dreaded homework) is which pet to take to the show: one of his two dogs, one of his two cats, one of his three chickens, his rooster, or his pig. Cody’s troubles—with homework, with best friend Tobit, and with a scheme to get all his animals into the show by loaning them out—are presented sympathetically by seasoned author Mills, who portrays elementary-school friendship drama with a skillful hand. As usual, Shepperson’s lighthearted illustrations help young readers envision the story, one that will please both newcomers to and longtime fans of this accessible and satisfying series. jennifer m. brabander

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