Here's the Thing about Me
I'm Lucy Rose and here's the thing about me: I am eight and according to my grandfather I have the kind of life that is called eventful, which means NOT boring. According to my mom and my grandmother I'm what they call a handful. And according to my dad I am one smart cookie. I say I am one girl who is feeling not-so-sure about things on account of my parents got a separation. Plus my mom and I just moved to Washington, D.C. Plus I haven't met any friends yet but I do know someone who is not one and that is Adam Melon, who I call Melonhead. Here's another thing about me: most of the time I am plain hilarious. First-time author Katy Kelly introduces us to an original thinker who's got a lot on her mind and she's ready to share (minus the boring parts, of course). Lucy Rose is an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind girl with spark, spunk, and one great pair of cowgirl boots! (No kidding!) From the Hardcover edition.
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Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of column. Which definition most closely fits the context of the sentence?
'Column' is a multiple-meaning word. Multiple-meaning words have more than one meaning. Watch the video to learn more about multiple-meaning words. (This annotation contains a video)
What is a pharmacist? Write your answer in a complete sentence.
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What does Lucy Rose NOT like about Mrs. Washburn? What evidence from the text supports your answer?
How does Mr. Welsh differ from Mrs. Washburn?
Why do you suppose they change tables every few weeks? Could it be so that the students get to know one another in the class?
Why does the guinea pig, Jake, NOT answer to his name?
Why is Lucy Rose upset that she does not get to take care of Jake?
Make Connections: Do you have an adult in your life who knows you so well he or she can tell when something is wrong with you?
What is Madam's recommendation for Lucy Rose? Why does Lucy Rose not follow it?
Why do you suppose Lucy Rose includes this item in the list of what she wants in a new friend?
Dialogue is the conversation between two or more characters in a story. Watch the video to learn more about dialogue. (This annotation contains a video)
What is the most likely reason that Lucy Rose does not take advice from other people?
From which point of view is this story written?
Point of view is the mode of narration that an author uses to let the readers “hear” and “see” what takes place in a story. Watch the video to learn more about point of view and then answer the question below. (This annotation contains a video)
Can you guess what household ingredient is in the magical ink?
Why does Lucy Rose get mad at Melonhead?
How might Lucy Rose feel about not being able to take Jake home during Thanksgiving or Christmas break? How would you feel?
How does Lucy Rose feel about Jonique spending the night with her?
Characterization is a literary device that is used in literature to highlight and explain the details about a character in a story. Since this story is written from Lucy Rose's point of view, we gain insight to her character through her thoughts, ideas, and conversations with other characters. (This annotation contains a video)
What does this detail reveal about Lucy Rose?
Why do you think Lucy Rose tells Jonique about her parents separating? Do you think she feels like she and Jonique are becoming friends?
What does this detail reveal about Jonique?
Why does Lucy Rose send this email to the advice column? Do you think Lucy Rose's grandmother will suspect that she sent it?
How does Lucy Rose feel about the advice she got from Madam in the e-mail?
Superlative adjectives are adjectives that compare three or more nouns. Superlative adjectives take the comparison to the highest degree possible. Watch the video about superlative adjectives and then answer the question below. (This annotation contains a video)
Identify and name the superlative adjective in the highlighted sentence. Type your answer below.
Based on the details in the text, which holiday are Lucy Rose and her mother getting ready for?
What do you suppose Lucy Rose and her mother are making in the kitchen?
What does Madam mean by saying the table has "good bones"? Does she mean that it is built well or that it looks good?
Look at the image. What details in the text relate directly to the picture?
Who does Lucy Rose miss so much?
Why is Lucy Rose glad that she took Madam's advice?
What does this detail reveal about the McBees?
Onomatopoeia is a word which imitates the natural sound of a thing. It creates a sound effect that mimics the thing being described, making the description more expressive and interesting. Watch the video to learn more about onomatopoeia. Why is "clanked" an example of onomatopoeia? (This annotation contains a video)
Based on the image, how does Lucy Rose's father feel about seeing her? Write your answer in a complete sentence.
"You look like a million!" is an expression known as an idiom. Idioms are a type of figurative language which means they are not interpreted literally. This idiom is used to say that someone looks great.
Make Connections: Have you ever stayed in a hotel? What were some of the things you did there?
Based on the details in the text, the Full of Beans store is a ____________ store.
Which kind of candy does Lucy Rose like the most?
What lesson does Lucy Rose learn about candy? What evidence from the text supports your answer?
Why does Lucy Rose tell her Pop the truth about why she is sick?
Similes compare two objects using "like" or "as." Here, the crack in the ceiling is compared to a piece of broccoli. Watch the video for a more in-depth explanation of simile. (This annotation contains a video)
How does Lucy Rose's father relate to her vomiting in front of Melonhead?
How does talking with her dad make Lucy Rose feel?
Make Predictions: Do you think Mr. Welsh will make an exception to the valentine rule? Why or why not?
Why does Lucy Rose have to find a valentine card for Melonhead?
Is there any saying left that would be appropriate for Melonhead's card? Which one would you give him?
Why does Lucy Rose change Melonhead's card to U R KIND?
Describe a time in your life (i.e. Christmas morning, vacation, your birthday) when you were so excited about something, you got up and got ready early in the morning.
What does Lucy Rose like MOST about Glamma? What evidence from the text supports your answer?
Why does Lucy Rose bring a baggie full of Cheerios to school for Jake?
What is the BEST thing about moving tables? Why is Lucy Rose so excited?
Do you think Mr. Welsh will allow Lucy Rose to take Jake home? Why or why not?
Which detail from the sentence relates to the picture?
Based on the details in the text, which holiday are Lucy Rose and Jonique celebrating?
Which physical trait does Lucy Rose say is proof that she is Irish?
How does Lucy Rose feel about getting to bring Jake to her house in nine days?
Why is "teacher planning day" a good day for Lucy Rose? What evidence from the text supports your answer?
Using context clues, what is the BEST meaning for berserk?
Why do Lucy Rose and Jonique spend most of the day sitting in front of Jake's cage?
Do you think they will be able to find Jake? Was taking Jake out of his cage a responsible thing to do? Why or why not?
Why does Lucy Rose start to cry?
What should Lucy Rose have done BEFORE she took Jake out of the cage?
Which of the following will help the kids find Jake?
How does Pop's reaction to Melonhead being stuck in the dumbwaiter differ from Lucy Rose's mom's reaction?
A dumbwaiter is a small elevator built into the wall used for sending items like food or clothing to another floor of the house. This image shows a more modern dumbwaiter but the idea is still the same. Dumbwaiters were not intended to carry people. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for assistant?
Making Inferences: When you make an inference, you take what the text says and make a guess about something in the story. For example, why does Melonhead respond with "Oops!" when the girls ask him for the guinea pig food? Did he drop it, forget it, or eat it? You have to keep reading to find out. But, before you do, watch the video about making inferences. (This annotation contains a video)
How has Lucy Rose's relationship with Melonhead changed? What event helped change her feelings toward Melonhead?
Make Connections: Have you ever made a mistake and had to tell someone that you messed up? If so, how did it make you feel?
What do you think Lucy Rose received in the mail from her dad?
Why are the kids bringing gifts to Mr. Welsh?
Suburb vs. City: A suburb is the area outside a city. A suburb is usually less populated than a city. Where would you rather live, in a suburb or a city?
Which events occur in Lucy Rose's life during her school year?
What kinds of activities are planned for the Parks & Rec center for the summer?
What does this detail suggest about Melonhead?
Why does Lucy Rose write a thank-you note? What does that reveal about her character?
Which of the following does Lucy Rose NOT like about her grandparents' house?
How does Lucy Rose's room at her grandparents' house differ from her room at her house?
What has caused Lucy Rose to like Melonhead?
This detail reveals that _____________.
Do you think Melonhead will be successful at growing a mustache? Why or why not?
Which of the following words is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for bland?