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The Dunderheads

Updated on November 26, 2012

A children's book that caught a parents eye

This book got me thinking. Thinking about how many different talents that children have, that go unnoticed.

Miss Breakbone, a rotten teacher who views her classroom as good-for-nothings, gets taught a lesson. A lesson from The Dunderheads. Their cunning and creative ideas will have you and your child cheering them on as they attempt the impossible.

The Dunderheads

Meet The Dunderheads

Einstein: The whiz at solving problems

Junkyard: Always digging stuff out of trash cans

Wheels: Put forty-eight extra gears on his bike

Pencil: Can see something once and draw from memory

Spider: Always hanging around

Hollywood: Watched every movie ever made -- 11 times

Spitball: Can spit farther than anyone

Clips: Makes grappling hooks out of paper clips

Google-Eyes: Put the librarian in a two-week trance

Nails: Files his nails into different shapes

All of their abilities combined makes for an excellent plan to do what's never been done before!

A breath of excellence in every page.

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Mistake number 2: no eye for talent. An easy mistake to make, in our case.

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      Haven't read it, but do like your synopsis!

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

      I've never read it, but it sounds like it would be a lot of fun to read!