Follow the humorous mishaps of a second grader who is learning to read.
Nothing's going right for Ronaldhe drops his pencils, inadvertently squirts water on Joys dress, mistakenly eats Jimmys sandwich, misses the ball during recess, loses his ice cream money, and drops Miss Tylers plant. But his teacher helps him get over his bad day with a confidence boosting note.
Giff cleverly circumvents what could be a humdrum conclusion in a witty, satisfying way. Ronalds growing frustrations are wonderfully captured in the woebegone expressions and childlike stances that Natti effectively balances with happy scenes of success. Booklist