Books for 3rd - 4th Grade
If You Liked Captain Underpants, Try These On!
Further reading for Captain Underpants fans!
Coville, Bruce - My Teacher Is an Alien
When Susan catches her substitute teacher Mr. Smith peeling
off his face, she discovers that he is actually an alien. Can
she foil his plot to take over the school? 123p.
Dahl, Roald - Matilda
Matilda is an amazing child whose parents don't appreciate
her. She uses her special powers to help her favorite teacher,
Miss Honey, and to pay back the evil school principal, Miss
Trunchbull, who hates children. 240p.
David, Lawrence - Horace Splattly: The Cupcaked Crusader
After eating an experimental cupcake, Horace turns into a superhero
and goes after a giant man-eating guinea pig that has been
hanging around the school playground. 137p.
Doyle, Roddy - The Giggler Treatment
Who gets the Giggler Treatment? Adults who are mean to children!
Mr. Mack is on his way to his job as a cookie taster and about
to put his foot right into a smelly surprise left by the Gigglers… 112p.
Etra, Jonathan - Aliens for Breakfast
When an alien climbs out of Richard's cereal box, Richard
agrees to help it save the world from an evil alien attack.
Evans, Douglas - Apple Island, or, the Truth About
While on a field trip to Apple Island (the place where crabby
teachers come from) Bradley discovers that his teacher is plotting
with other crabby teachers to take over the world's schools.
Gauthier, Gail - Club Earth
After their house is listed as an intergalactic resort, Robby
and Will must deal with the strange alien guests who show up
to spend their vacations in the spare bedroom. 152p.
Klise, Kate - Regarding the Fountain: A Tale, in Letters,
of Liars and Leaks
When Principal Walter Russ sends off a letter requesting a
new drinking fountain to replace the school's leaky one,
it starts a series of madcap mishaps and sneaky scandals. 138p.
Korman, Gordon - Why Did the Underwear Cross the Road?
Justin, Margaret and Jessica are sick of having to work together
on class projects, just because their last names all start
with Z. So, when their 4th grade class starts a Good Deed Contest,
the Z-Team gets off to a very rocky start! 110p.
Lawrence, Michael - The Killer Underpants: A Jiggy
After Jiggy's mother buys him a pair of underwear at
a flea market, Jiggy discovers that when he has the underwear
on, anyone within earshot must obey his commands. 132p.
Pinkwater, Daniel Manus - The Magic Pretzel
Normal Gnormal, who behaves a lot like a dog, finds his first
real friends at Watson School when his principal signs him
up for the Werewolf Club. 78p. (Be sure to try other titles
in the Werewolf Club series!)
Pullman, Philip - I Was a Rat!
A childless couple is happy to take in the strange boy who
shows up on the doorstep, even though he claims he's
been magically changed from a rat to a boy. 164p.
Robinson, Barbara - The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
When the Herdman children, the worst and toughest family around,
take over the church Christmas pageant (despite the fact that
none of them has ever attended church), the Christmas story
will never be the same. 80p.
Sachar, Louis - Sideways Stories from Wayside School
Weird and hilarious things happen daily at this infamous school
that is one classroom wide and thirty classrooms high. 141p.
Scieszka, Jon - Your Mother Was a Neanderthal
Sam, Joe and Fred, the Time Warp Trio, travel back to the Stone
Age and discover that one of their mothers really is a cave
woman! 78p. (Check out the many other Time Warp Trio stories!)
Whybrow, Ian - Little
Wolf's Book of Badness
Dismayed by his good behavior, Little Wolf's parents
send him off to Cunning College where they hope he will earn
his "Bad Badge" under the direction of his famous
uncle, B. (Big) B. (Bad) Wolf. 130p.
Wisniewski, David - The Secret Knowledge of Grown-ups
The information in this book has been kept secret for years!
Now you can learn the real reasons why grown-ups say the things
they do. n.p.
From the Picture Book Collection:
Denim, Sue - The Dumb Bunnies
Follow the adventures of the Dumb Bunny family in this story
that is rated "Too dumb to win an award." 30p.
Kitamura, Satoshi - Comic Adventures of Boots
Boots the cat outsmarts the other cats in the neighborhood
in three comic adventures. n.p.
Marshall, James - The Cut-Ups
Spud and Joe are quite a pair of cut-ups, but find themselves
outwitted by the new girl on the block. 32p.
O'Malley, Kevin - Velcome
The book's unusual host warns the reader not to read
this collection of his favorite (somewhat) scary stories including
The Rapping and The Viper. n.p.
Pilkey, Dav - Dog Breath!: The Horrible Trouble with
The Tosis family dog, Hally, has a big problem—the most
horrible dog breath ever! Luckily, Hally's problem helps
prevent a burglary. 30p.
Pinkwater, Daniel Manus - Ned Feldman, Space Pirate
While investigating a noise under his sink, Ned discovers Captain
Bugbeard—a space pirate. Ned decides to join him on an
action-packed adventure into outer space where they encounter
dangerous space chickens and a combative yeti. 47p.
Scieszka, Jon - The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly
This collection of outlandish fractured fairy tales includes
such stories as Little Red Running Shorts and The Really Ugly
Whatley, Bruce - Captain Pajamas
When Brian is awakened in the middle of the night by attacking
aliens, he transforms himself into Captain Pajamas, Defender
of the Universe, to save his sister from the invasion. 32p.
Prepared by Sara Pemberton, January 2003