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Baloney (Henry P.) by Jon Scieszka

Baloney (Henry P.) (2001)

by Jon Scieszka

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Even in space kids make up wild tales to try and get out of trouble. The biggest surprise of this little alien's story of being late for school wasn't the details, but the words themselves. Marvelous! ( )
  lissabeth21 | Oct 3, 2017 |
I especially liked the fact that Henry P. Baloney saved himself from a dangerous fall by remembering that he hadn't yet learned the law of gravity. ( )
  raizel | May 7, 2017 |
This story follows young Henry P. Baloney, a young alien that is perpetually late for school. When questioned by his teacher, Henry gives a long explanation for why he is late, spinning an elaborate tale that takes him across the galaxy and back.
First of all, this book is a good example of science fiction because the main characters are aliens that live in outer space. Additionally, these characters rely on futuristic inventions such as rockets in their daily life. These inventions are key components as to what makes a book science fiction because they are not attainable at this point in human technology.
1. This would be a good book to read aloud during a lesson on cognates. The teacher can read the unfamiliar words out loud and have kids come up with the English words they sound like. Then, after reading the book, the teacher can introduce the fact that these are words fro mother languages that sound similar to english words.
2. Another way to use this book would be to have kid practice context. Everytime on of the foreign language words comes up, the teacher can pause and have kids use the pictures and context to determine the meaning. Then the teacher can further explain how kid can do the same thing in their normal reading when they com across a word they do not know.
Age Appropriateness: Intermediate
Media: oil paint and colored pencil; ( )
  rstewart15 | Mar 23, 2017 |
Not really a perfect fit with my taste, but bold, funny, and with a terrific surprise ending. My library's edition has a shiny silver cover which is better. I tell you what, sometimes I think Jon & Lane sniff glue or something, but then I remember that it is possible to get this high on life if you just give yourself permission! ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Henry P. Baloney is late to school again. However, this time he tells his teacher exactly why he was late: he was accidentally dropped onto a launch pad and was blasted into space! He uses his imagination to get out of several scary predicaments, but all of his adventures in space made him seven minutes late to school. Even though Henry is from another world, he has problems just like any other student on Earth.
This story includes words written in multiple languages from Swahili to Estonian to Welsh. The words look make-believe and appear to not make any sense in the book. However, the book includes a decoder in the back and offers students the English word for translation. It also names the language used so students are exposed to language and word styles of other cultures. The other language words thrown into the story are intentional in order to help students relate it to beginning reader when words just look like gibberish. The writing style is also all capitals to help younger students who only recognize upper case letters. The plot is fun for students as Henry must use his imagination to get out of sticky situations and the theme of the book is focused around how Henry's life parallels that of any Earthling who is trying to make excuses for being late.
Media: colored pencils, pen, digital production
Genre: Picture book, modern fantasy for other worlds (planets) and special characters (aliens). "I jammed the wrong buttuna, and ended up on the planet Astrosus." ( )
  JessicaRojas | Apr 13, 2016 |
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To my deux unbelievable enfants, Casey and Jake ---J.S.
To my planet Corona amikos: Rory, Steve-o, Mark-o and the Beck ---L.S.
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Last Tuesday morning at 8:37 a.m., Henry P. Baloney was finally late for class once too often.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0142404306, Paperback)

Henry P. Baloney needs to come up with a very good, very believable excuse for being late to szkola yet again--or he's in big trouble with his teacher Miss Bugscuffle. But never fear! Henry has a doozy of a story. You see, it all started when he misplaced his trusty yellow no. zz zimulis. One thing led to another, and before he knew it, he was on a razzo blasting off into space, where he eventually landed on the planet Astrosus. All went well there, as the intrepid explorer entertained the Astro guys with his funny piksas--until they decided Henry and his piksas would be entertaining to eat. Things go on in this vein until somehow, miraculously, Henry P. Baloney ends up back in his classroom, a mere seven minutes late--but still one writing utensil short!

Trust the ultracreative author/illustrator pair, Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith (The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, the Time Warp Trio series, and more), to mastermind a plot this bizarre and yet somehow familiar to any school kid. Sure, Henry P. Baloney is a cute, saucer-eyed, green alien, but he has problems just like you and me--such as the threat of Permanent Lifelong Detention. Remarkably, as Scieszka reports in his afterword, when he received and decoded the transmission of this story (directly from deep space, mind you), it was written in a combination of many Earth languages, including Finnish, Swahili, Latvian, Esperanto, and Inuktitut (decoder included). Go figure.

Caldecott Honor artist Lane Smith must have spent a lot of time in detention, doodling away the hours. His weird, wild, wonderful pictures tell at least half the story, illustrating for readers' enlightenment just what a zimulis ("pencil" in Latvian) or speelplaats (Dutch for "playground") looks like. Fans of this ingenious pair will not be disappointed and may even make a twrf (Welsh for "noise") of joy! (Ages 5 to 9) --Emilie Coulter

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A transmission received from outer space in a combination of different Earth languages tells of an alien schoolboy's fantastic excuse for being late to school again.

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