Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters

Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters

Rachel Vail Matthew Cordell / May 26, 2020

Justin Case School Drool and Other Daily Disasters It s the start of the school year and nothing feels right to Justin He didn t get the teacher he wanted he s not in the same class as his best friend and his little sister Elizabeth is starting k

  • Title: Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters
  • Author: Rachel Vail Matthew Cordell
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 241
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  • It s the start of the school year, and nothing feels right to Justin He didn t get the teacher he wanted, he s not in the same class as his best friend, and his little sister, Elizabeth, is starting kindergarten at his school Elizabeth doesn t seem nervous at all Justin is very nervous about third grade And to top it off, he s lost his favorite stuffed animal, but he cIt s the start of the school year, and nothing feels right to Justin He didn t get the teacher he wanted, he s not in the same class as his best friend, and his little sister, Elizabeth, is starting kindergarten at his school Elizabeth doesn t seem nervous at all Justin is very nervous about third grade And to top it off, he s lost his favorite stuffed animal, but he can t tell anyone, because technically he s too old to still have stuffed animals Right Here is third grade in all its complicated glory the friendships, the fears, and the advanced math Acclaimed author Rachel Vail captures third grade with a perfect pitch, and Matthew Cordell s line art is both humorous and touching As Justin bravely tries to step out of his shell, he will step into readers hearts Justin Case is a 2011 Bank Street Best Children s Book of the Year.

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        BirthI was born on July 25, 1966, in NEW YORK CITY, and grew up in New Rochelle, NY, with my mother, my father, and my younger brother Jon And down the street from my future husband, though of course I didn t know that until much later InterestsSome details, I do know I was very into reading and theater, so I read every book I could get my hands on especially realistic fiction, either contemporary or historical and took acting workshops and auditioned for every play in school, camp, or the community I played Peter Pan, Miss Hannigan in Annie, Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls, the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, and lots of extremely memorable chorus parts for instance, I was girl number two in Fiddler on the Roof the one who said We heard about your sister, Chava I didn t care I just wanted to be on stage Waiting backstage before curtain call, after giving my all in a performance, was the best feeling I knew In seventh grade I started taking magic lessons, and by eighth grade I was making all my own spending money by performing at kids birthday parties as a clown named Tallulah I liked the freedom of wearing all that grease paint I could be as wacky and un cool as I wanted I tried dance but felt so clumsy I faked a sprained ankle to get out of the recital I took voice lessons which made me a little light headed and I was afraid of the voice teacher s growling, drooling Doberman and both saxophone and piano, neither of which I ever practiced I did well in school but started a lot of my work at the last minute, in a crazy mad dash, so that it was never late but there were usually careless errors or areas I had to fudge I had this idea that to work hard at something was sort of a negative, an admission that I didn t have natural talent If I wasn t going to be Mozart and have the music or dance, or math, or social studies term paper, or whatever channeled through me from God, then I was just embarrassing myself by all that workmanlike effort I didn t get over that idea until after college, by the way.Career AmbitionsI never really planned to be a writer I planned to be a financial wizard after learning about option spreading at age 10, then a poet after discovering Shakespeare at 11 After overhearing the real power is held by the lobbyists on a class trip to Albany, I planned to become a lobbyist Secretly, of course I always imagined myself as an actress, but that didn t seem hard or important enough, and also I worried I wasn t naturally gifted enough.ParentsMy parents were always great I liked to make them proud, and they trusted me and supported my efforts and interests, which was sometimes weirdly tough There was so little for me to rebel against.As a KidWhen people ask me what I was as a kid, I always feel like my answer is at best incomplete.What are you like, as a kid I m still trying to figure out what I m like as an adult.SociallyWell, things went in waves Sometimes I felt very in , very aware of and tied in to the whole scene, excited by who liked whom, all the gossip, some of it less than kind Other times I felt so alone like there was nobody like me, nobody who liked me, nobody to talk to And much of the time it was somewhere in between A best friend when I was lucky, and a few people in each crowd I liked and who liked me I resisted being classified as a brain or a jock or alternative or popular too limiting I would have to shut down too many parts of myself to be just one type.AdolescenceI went through a very intense stage in middle school Junior High I worried about being too ordinary I also worried about being too weird I also worried about changing states of matter, my inability to be morally certain, ignorance my own and world wide , and making a fool of myself uscmillan author rachel


    1. I’m a big fan of Justin Case. I’m guessing the people who love these books best and long for more are the ones who know someone like Justin. Someone for whom life does not come easy, for whom soccer is exhausting on multiple levels, authority figures are objects of frightening power, parents are well-meaning but often don’t get it (Dad, let the kid drop soccer already!), and friendships are more complex than the hardest math problems. If you know someone like Justin, you’ll clutch this b [...]

    2. Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters is the story of one boy’s year in third grade. Justin worries about everything, and I do mean everything. Will his new third grade teacher be nice or mean? Will he fail the third grade because he’s having trouble remembering what 8x3 equals? Where has his most favorite stuffed animal gone? Why does his dad seem to like torturing him by signing him up for soccer, baseball, and other potentially embarrassing sporting activities? Why is ther [...]

    3. Really more like a four and a half. Justin is hilarious! I actually stopped and marked a couple lines. Hopefully you will think they are as funny as I do."If my costume for Halloween were "some other kind in my class,' I would wear it all the time for the rest of my life so that nobody would know I am me, the boy whose mother has to bring him his lunch and then kiss him in front of everybody." (38)"It's just hard for me to convince myself to tray and keep the ball for myself when a kid comes at [...]

    4. This book was wonderful! Anyone who has struggled with anxiety and worry will identify with Justin. I laughed out loud so many times while reading.

    5. Reviewed by Rusty Key Writer: Jordan B. NielsenRecommended for: Particularly boys, aged 9 to 13, but the main character of this story is so relatable in his angst and turmoil that there is nothing to stop girls from loving and identifying with him just as much.One Word Summary: Neurotic.If Woody Allen or David Sedaris were to have kept a diary when they were in third grade, it undoubtedly would have read like ‘Justin Case’, a sharp, quirky, put-the-book-down-because-you’re-laughing-so-hard [...]

    6. Oh, I have such mixed feelings about this book. So many things to like, but one huge, glaring problem that I can't ignore. In a nutshell, Justin is totally diagnosable, on the spectrum for an anxiety disorder, or perhaps OCD. I kept waiting for this to be addressed, for some responsible adult in Justin's life to recognize the many, many red flags/cries for help (the scene where he loses it in class on pages 30-34 is pretty close to textbook, I'd say). I waited in vain. Apparently, Justin is just [...]

    7. They need a category for "didn't finish reading because it was a waste of time". My boys have LOVED the Diary of a Whimpy Kid series so when I saw this book in the same type of format about a third grade boy, I eagerly picked it up. It was a huge disappointment. The book is written in the first person but there is not one thing about the writing that even tries to pretend a third grade boy wrote this. The voice is terrible, his life is tragic that is is flat out depressing instead of funny, and [...]

    8. I was laughing out loud as Justin K dubbed "Justin Case" by his classmates because he's afraid of everything, navigated the dangerous waters of third grade, with gym embarassments, shifting friendships, visiting relatives, warring or missing stuffed animals and a teacher named Ms. Termini (say it fast). This kid has a very real, smart voice, and an sense of the absurd that is spot on. His loving, though sometimes exasperating family help him get through his challenges, and his kindness and even [...]

    9. This was a very cute book, and it was fun to read!Justin Case is the story of an anxiety-ridden third grader and his daily life. It definitely tries to be like Wimpy Kid, in that it's in a diary format, but it is totally not the same. This kid truly is wimpy. There was some really funny dry humor in the book that I enjoyed a lot.Jim grabbed this off the shelf for me, and I'm glad he did. It was a nice little story, and Matt read it yesterday at the beach and liked it too!

    10. I did end up really enjoying this book. I picked it up on my way out of the library off the table labeled Best Books of 2010. I thought it was great, though it sounded much more mature than what a third grader would think. But maybe Justin is a mature third grader. I don't know. It was just one of those random weird picks that had me smiling. No more or less than that. Would I have named it one of the best books of 2010. Probably not. But, enjoyable nonetheless.

    11. I really, really, really liked this book.First, I think the voice of Justin is absolutely, completely, one-hundred percent true. I heard my 7-yo son talking when I read this book. I love the way so many issues were handled: changing friends, annoying relatives, fear of not meeting parental expectations. I loved the way Justin grew throughout the book, in baby-steps. I think the diary format was spot-on. The whole thing was so well-done. This is one I will be studying. A great, fast read.

    12. I suppose this is a book to hand to Wimpy Kid fans but does anyone else think that the narrator sounds much older than a third-grader? And in no way is this book at a third grade reading level, the font is tiny and the book is almost 250 pages long. My verdict is that this book is confused and so was the author. She should stick to YA fiction.

    13. I agree with the other comments posted by our group about the "conflict" between the reading level (5.2)and the age of the main character (third grade) in Justin Case. If these were closer I would have given this book 4 stars. It is enjoyable and addresses real kid issues: school, worrying, friendship, etc. Kids will read this.

    14. Hooray for Justin Case! Highly recommended. Great MG read for boys and girls. Anyone who has ever felt just the slightest bit nervous or shy. Remember, worry isn't the opposite of bravery. FYI: I met the author, too. She's fabulous! Read her picture book, Piggy Bunny, as well. Is there anything she can't write?

    15. Okay story about the issues of a third grade, although I'm not sure many 3rd grade boys have this much angst. Reading level is too high for targeted age group. Should have been a 5th grader?

    16. Cute story kids will find a lot to identify with. Long, challenging reading level considering protagonist's age and maturity level.

    17. A 3-5 grade book clearly written by someone who knows kids and is from a kids point of view. I thought it amusing since I am a teacherExample: He is not allowed to say hate. "You know what I hate as much as slobber?Times tables.I mean I completely no thank you times tables>" pg 105."Gianni started screaming that he had found Witchie Poo.I ran away fast because I don't honestly care what kind of poo was on that stick; I still would prefer not to be touched with it." pg 157. (The illustation fo [...]

    18. Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters is the daily diary of a third-grade boy named Justin Krzeszewski (a name he says "looks like somebody fell asleep and their head rolled around on the computer keyboard") who has a lot of worries. He's not crazy about the idea of third grade to begin with, but things go from bad to worse when he is separated from his best friend (and second best friend) because of a mix-up with his class assignment, his beloved stuffed dog goes missing, his fa [...]

    19. I started out reading this book because it is a Bluestem Nominee (an Illinois award) and I wanted to book talk this to the elementary school kids I see in November. I ended up loving this book. I think a lot of kids in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade will be able to relate to Justin and see a little of him/herself in Justin.

    20. Very relatable account for most third grade students entering the third grade. The book was very humorous, however, I felt bad because of some of Justin’s actions and behavioral issues and didn’t want to laugh.

    21. Between 3 and 4 stars- this is a great recommendation for younger readers who enjoy Alvin Ho and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. My only two complaints are the writing was choppy at times and the length of the book could be intimidating for the intended audience.

    22. I chose this book because I see on the cover that hes standing in front of everyone with the spotlight on him, that looked interesting because he seems nervous and like hes having a hard time.In the book hes struggling with 3rd grade, he has no classes with his friends, and doesn't seem to like his teacher.-

    23. Welcome to third grade. Teachers expect more and friendships change, not to mention the pressures of organized sports. It can be complicated for the average kid, but for a worrier like Justin, it can be downright stressful. “Okay, yes. I’m worried.” That’s the first line of the book, and it gives readers a pretty good indication of the pages to come. Justin worries about robbers, the boiler in the basement, math, cursive, a fire engine passing in the night, sleeping on the top bunk, slee [...]

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    25. ***I read this book for the summer assignment. ***Since I’m on summer break, I decided to read books about school and student. At first, I didn’t know why I’ve chosen this book to read. I had other books that were about school and student, but now I know why I chose this book. Justin kept made me think back to my elementary school life. Actually, I enjoyed being a student when I was in Elementary. I loved to go to school rather than summer vacation. Dodgeball was the best sport to do whene [...]

    26. Worry could be Justin Krzeszewski's first name, skipping right past the middle name stage. He worries about the start of school, which is pretty common. He worries about if he will have to sit behind his second best friend and then will not be able to see because his friend's hair is too big. He's also afraid his teacher will be a yeller and that she'll think boys shouldn't be friends with girls. Even with all his worries, he never imagines the thing that does end up happening the first day of s [...]

    27. Lexile Level: 790LPages: 272 Summary: It’s the start of the school year for Justin and he’s in third grade. Justin is very nervous about third grade. He didn’t get the teacher he wanted and he’s not in the same class as his best friend. He is nervous about everything. His sister, Elizabeth, is starting kindergarten and she doesn’t appear to be nervous about anything. He loses his favorite stuffed animal and can’t really tell anyone because he thinks he’s too old to still have stuff [...]

    28. Dead-On Deadpan HumorI'm O.K. with antic humor books, and thinking man fart humor books, and bizarro quirky books - middle graders can roll with a lot and variety in reading is sort of the point.But sometimes you want a thoughtful, deadpan narrator with great timing and a gee-whiz neurotic spin. I'm thinking young Woody Allen or Stephen Wright as third graders. In timing and pace I'm thinking young Dave Barry, or even Calvin Trillin or Nora Ephron. There is some very sly humor here, some fresh o [...]

    29. In the same vein as the "Wimpy Kid" novels, "Justin Case" follows the school year exploits of Justin K during third grade.The year doesn't start of well with his younger sister Elizabeth going into kindergarten and getting Justin's favorite teacher. Then Justin is moved from the class with the new, cute teacher Ms. Burns and his best friends into another one that has strict rules and where Justin doesn't know anyone. In some ways, Justin reminds me of Greg from the "Wimpy Kid" novels, though Jus [...]

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