The Dunderheads

By Paul Fleischman

Illustrated by David Roberts

What's in a name? Meet the Dunderheads, an unlikely band of kids with extraordinary hidden talents!

“Never,” shrieked Miss Breakbone, “have I been asked to teach such a scraping together of fiddling, twiddling, time-squandering, mind-wandering, doodling, dozing, don’t-knowing DUNDERHEADS!” Miss Breakbone, the school mistress, hates kids. She shouts, she confiscates, she makes kids cry. But one day she goes too far. She confiscates the one-eyed cat that Junkyard is going to give his mum for her birthday. So the children pool their many weird and wonderful talents to break into Breakbone’s house and get Junkyard’s cat back for him...

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 5+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406326048
  • Published: 07 Jun 2010
  • Price:
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  • Size: 260 x 205 mm
  • Pages: 56

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Customer reviews


'Just the right note of dastardly charm. Schoolchildren will adore this story of pupil revenge.' Publishers Weekly

'Paul Fleischman’s elegant, gently subversive story for six-to-nine-year-olds is beautifully served by David Roberts’ gothic, intricate illustrations.' Financial Times

'You can almost hear the Pink Panther theme thrumming in the background... A fun stick-it-to-teacher romp with no redeeming message but cleverness in spades.' Booklist

'Deliciously outlandish, featuring an undercover caper complete with a hidden safe, grappling hooks made of paperclips, a classmate who just happens to be a hypnotist and a broken statuette with (real) emerald eyes.' Kirkus Reviews

'A celebration of multiple intelligences, teamwork, and kid power.' School Library Journal (starred review)

'Nothing quite so stings a child’s natural sense of justice as being underestimated, especially by an adult in a position of authority. And nothing quite so gratifies that outrage as seeing the adult in question get his comeuppance - especially when it’s at the hands of the children he has offended. That, in short, is the delicious dynamic at the heart of The Dunderheads, Newbery Medal winner Paul Fleischman’s quirky illustrated caper.' The Wall Street Journal

'Exuberant illustrations' School Librarian

'Roberts’s funky illustrations, replete with visual puns and amusing detail, repay close perusal' Inis

'a really good story about children cooperating and someone knowing exactly who is good at what' Bookwitch

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