Adventures at the Harvey N. Trouble Elementary School

By Kate McMullan; George Booth (Illustrator)

Feiwel & Friends, Hardcover, 9780312375928, 144pp.

Publication Date: July 20, 2010


Welcome to the Harvey N. Trouble Elementary School, where you will experience a week in the life of an exceptional group of characters. There's the principal, Miss Ingashoe, and her secretary, Ms. Cecelia Seeyalater; teachers Mr. Hugh da Mann and Mrs. Doremi Fasollatido; and students Abby Birthday, Sid Down, Viola Fuss, Dewey Haveto, and many more

This heavily illustrated, full-color, fabulously designed young chapter book is a must-have, back-to-school title that chronicles the very simple story of Ron Faster as he learns some important lessons about life during his adventures on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in a most unusual school.
"School " is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

About the Author
KATE MCMULLAN is the author of is the author of the easy-to-read Pearl & Wagner series, which includes the Geisel Honor Book One Funny Day, the middle-grade series Dragon Slayers Academy, and the forthcoming picture book Mama s Kisses.

JIM MCMULLAN is an internationally acclaimed illustrator and poster designer whose work can be seen in The Theater Posters of James McMullan. His most recent book is the illustrated memoir Leaving China: An Artist Paints His World War II Childhood.

Kate and Jim McMullan have collaborated on many popular picture books, including I m Big!; I m Bad!; I m Dirty!; and I Stink!, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book. The first episode of The Stinky and Dirty Show, a brand new animated series based on I m Dirty! and I Stink!, is now available on Amazon. The McMullans live in New York City. You can visit them online at and

GEORGE BOOTH was born and raised in Missouri. His parents were both teachers, and he has two brothers. He started cartooning while working at "The Leatherneck" as a staff cartoonist. He attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C., the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and Adelphi College on Long Island. George has also received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Stony Brook State University of New York, and is an honorary member of Colgate University s class of 1939. He and his wife, Dione, live in Stony Brook, New York, with four cats: Skitter and Puddin (aka the YaYa Sisters), Jasper Jones, and Tank. His daughter works with a large newspaper in New York City. His art career has also led him to advertising campaigns, greeting cards, and animation.

Praise For School!

“Offbeat humor transfers into Harvey N. Trouble Elementary School, where Mr. Ivan Stuckinaditch drives the bus (or tries to) and Mr. Norman Don’t-know is a clueless substitute teacher for dubious students like little Izzy Normal. There’s nothing normal about [George] Booth’s sketches and Kate McMullan’s text, which will delight and challenge kids who love puns and wordplay.” –USA Today

School! almost reels in a tornado of silly wordplay and fast-paced events, with students like Dewey Haveto and little Izzy Normal in a chorus of confusion. Booth’s comical portraits look like cameos of his beloved New Yorker cartoons—the janitors Iquit and Quitoo, tossing their brooms aside, could have just stepped off one of those crowded country porches.” –The New York Times Book Review

“A playful, silly read that will draw young readers with its lighthearted humor.” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“If silly homonyms please you, you'll love a week with Chuckie Upkins, Gladys Friday, Iona Tricycle and more.” –The Chicago Tribune

“Booth’s great cartoon illustrations add whimsy and pure fun to every page, a quality that, when paired with McMullan’s simple, quirky story, may well draw in reluctant readers. This is a good chapter book for children who enjoy the visual stimulation of well-done graphics.” –School Library Journal

“If 30 Rock were set in an elementary school, one suspects it would resemble this loopy, breakneck comedy.”Publishers Weekly