Justin Case

Justin Case Cover

Justin Case

Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom

By Rachel Vail; Matthew Cordell (Illustrator)

Feiwel & Friends, Hardcover, 9781250000811, 179pp.

Publication Date: May 8, 2012


Justin is going to start fourth grade but first, he has to survive the summer. He "gets" to go to camp every day on a bus. He "gets" to experience all sorts of new things: Bugs. Mess hall food. Flip-flops (they hurt the space between his toes "and "they're hard to walk in). And (gulp ) swimming.

Justin's little sister, Elizabeth, seems to deal with camp just fine. So do his friends. Justin is trying very hard not to be a worried kid anymore, especially when it comes to making friends at camp, including a new kid who is kind of . . . rough. After all, Justin is going to be in fourth grade. It's time to be brave. Right?

About the Author
Rachel Vail is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed novels If We Kiss and Lucky, Gorgeous, and Brilliant (the Avery sisters trilogy) and more than a dozen other novels for young teens, including the Friendship Ring series. Rachel has also written many beloved picture books, including Piggy Bunny and Sometimes I'm Bombaloo, and two hit novels for elementary school kids, Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters; and Justin Case: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom. Rachel lives in New York City with her husband and their two sons.

Matthew Cordell spilled a whole bottle of ink while drawing this book. Forgive him, white carpet is painfully boring. Matthew lives in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife, writer Julie Halpern, and their daughter, Romy. He is the author and illustrator of Trouble Gum and the illustrator of Toot Toot Zoom!, Mighty Casey, Righty and Lefty, and Toby and the Snowflakes, which was written by his wife.

Praise For Justin Case

"Vail seems to know exactly what third graders are thinking.”--School Library Journal


“Hilarious, laugh-out-loud fun for middle-grade readers.” --Kirkus, Starred

Praise for Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters:

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2010

An IndieBound Selection for Fall 2010

“The writing is sharp, unpredictably clever, and establishes third grade as a minefield of the absurd—which, is to say, real life.”—Avi, Newbery Medalist

“Vail employs easy, direct language in a rhythm, and syntax that captures the essence of a charming, lovable, and very believable boy. Readers transitioning to longer fiction will groan, sympathize, and laugh out loud in delight. Absolutely marvelous.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Honest and full of heart, Justin Case is a story for an oft-ignored segment of kids: the sensitive, introverted, and observant. The format will remind many readers of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but with fewer illustrations and a more reflective tone than Jeff Kinney’s series. This is subtly satisfying storytelling.”—School Library Journal