Cody and the Rules of Life

By: Tricia Springstubb

Illustrator: Eliza Wheeler

Doing the right thing can be hard! When prized possessions start going missing, Cody gets a crash course in the most important rules of all—the rules of life. Black-and-white ink and watercolor illustrations.

ISBN: 9780763679200

JLG Release: Jun 2017


Series: Cody
Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Family life , Brothers and sisters , Bicycles , Friends , Stuffed toys , Social values and virtues , Schools , Neighbors , Sleepovers , Lost and stolen possessions

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, The Horn Book Magazine, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

The rules of life can be a bit confusing. Cody, the young and excitable protagonist, learns this lesson the hard way when she agrees to trade favorite stuffed animals with her best friend Pearl. When the toy goes missing, things get complicated and Cody is faced with a moral dilemma. Cody is a very approachable, well-meaning, and relatable characte The rules of life can be a bit confusing. Cody, the young and excitable protagonist, learns this lesson the hard way when she agrees to trade favorite stuffed animals with her best friend Pearl. When the toy goes missing, things get complicated and Cody is faced with a moral dilemma. Cody is a very approachable, well-meaning, and relatable character who has a passion for bugs. Cody’s older brother also plays a key role in this story. He is often more excited about his bike than spending time with his little sister, which prompts Cody into actions she regrets. The story is a tad predictable and not particularly fresh in themes, but readers will still appreciate how Cody copes with family, friends, and the complications that life brings. VERDICT Recommended for chapter book collections, especially those lacking depictions of strong female protagonists.—Ashley Prior, Lincoln Public Library, RI

Horn Book

“Some feelings were simple: Happy. Scared. Those feelings were right on top, right out in the open. But conscience must be deep down. Like a backbone. Conscience must be a vertebrate.” Cody (Cody and the Fountain of Happiness and Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe) is a keen observer who is fascinated by many things “Some feelings were simple: Happy. Scared. Those feelings were right on top, right out in the open. But conscience must be deep down. Like a backbone. Conscience must be a vertebrate.” Cody (Cody and the Fountain of Happiness and Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe) is a keen observer who is fascinated by many things—including rules (and rule breaking), ants, and her teacher’s special off-limits classroom gong. This installment has her wrestling with her own conscience as well as assisting with some minor crime fighting. When her older brother Wyatt’s new bicycle is stolen, she feels guilty for being happy that he’ll now have more time for her. Determined, nevertheless, to get the bike back for him, she accuses an unlikable classmate—falsely, it turns out, which makes her feel even worse. Meanwhile, despite her qualms, she agrees to a toy swap with best-school-friend Pearl that leaves her without her beloved security object, Gremlin. Unfortunately, secretly stealing Gremlin back creates more trouble. Told in third-person limited narration, Cody’s story captures her personal struggles and her sensitive nature. Her confidence and self-awareness grow as Cody finds her way with her teacher, her peers, and her family in this gentle, funny, and moving chapter book. julie roach

Book Details

ISBN

9780763679200

First Release

June 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

7 3/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

176

Accelerated Reader

Level 3.6; Points: 2;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 2.5; Points: 6;

Lexile

Level 470L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Family life, Brothers and sisters, Bicycles, Friends, Stuffed toys, Social values and virtues, Schools, Neighbors, Sleepovers, Lost and stolen possessions,

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