Rascals Sing at The Opera House

Rated 5.00/5 based on 6 reviews
When Polly gets banned from the choir for singing out of tune, Gertie refuses to go to the festival without her best friend. Hoping to become famous, Polly comes up with a brilliant idea. She promises to mime at the Opera House.

Their teacher is horrified. She suspects Polly will break her promise and do something naughty. After all, she stunk out the classroom and who knows what she'll do next. More

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About Patricia Puddle

Patricia writes Paranormal Love stories for older teens and adults. Here first series, Ominous Love, is an angels and demons story. She also writes and illustrates humorous and adventurous children's stories. Her Rascals Series is aimed at reluctant readers. Molly Gumnut and Velvet ball are suitable for children of all ages.

Patricia also volunteers for a wildlife rescue charity for injured and orphaned animals.

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Review by: John M W Smith on Oct. 16, 2015 :
This is a book of childhood reminiscences in the form of anecdotes from the author's life, told from her own point of view when she was around seven years of age. I smiled throughout and laughed out loud after every few pages. It is so eventful, so funny and so naturally depicted that one cannot doubt its authenticity. Childhood should be filled with thrills of all kinds, and Patricia Puddle's childhood does not disappoint. I mean, how many children find themselves all alone on a leaking boat, heading downstream in the dark, with no imaginable prospect of rescue until a helicopter appears, spotlight blazing, to lower a man who scoops you away to safety?
I find it so sad that parents of young children in this age group mostly select books that they think their children should read rather than the kind that kids really want to read. For I am sure that if the children for whom this book was written had a totally free choice, it is a book like this that they would select--but their parents, with their stodgy ideas about good education, good behaviour and what is proper, would probably select something dead boring and depressingly wholesome which would make their kids' eyes glaze over after a few pages. And then parents wonder why their kids lose the reading habit that they were so anxious to instil!
A good book for children doesn't always have to have subliminal messages about morality, generosity, altruism, and sacrifice within its pages. It can equally be just funny and engaging and nothing else, as this book is. The idea is to make a book an enjoyable read, full of fun and laughter, and Double Trouble delivers this in more than sufficient measure. For example, how very liberating it must feel for a child to be able to push away a nauseating tripe pie prepared by a tyrannical aunt and instead dine on an entire bottle of tomato sauce!
There is no bigger compliment I can pay this book than to say that having read it, kids will most definitely go in search of similar books to read. Spontaneously. On their own initiative. And I'm sorry, but the same may not be said so easily about some books that their parents might have selected as being most appropriate for them. I think some of the sketches could be slightly improved upon, but this very minor criticism does not detract from the quality of the book as a whole. It is so obvious that the author very much enjoyed writing about this series of hilarious and often amazing events from childhood, and that she very competently communicates this enjoyment to her readers. If any artistic licence has been taken with the depiction of some of the events, it is hard to put one's finger on it for sure--and again this is a tribute to this author's talent.
Go on, give your kids a laugh, buy this book. It will linger long in their memories
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mandi Tillotson Williams on Feb. 18, 2013 :
This book was really funny as was another book I read by this author, she has a slapstick style humor which makes you really laugh out loud. :o)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Irene Kueh on Nov. 14, 2011 :
After reading 'Star Crossed Rascals', I am hooked on Polly and Gertie. The two bestest friends in the world. Who don't love stories about best friends? They stick together, play together and get in trouble together. That's the best part.
I love the part about the hole in the bathroom. Classic! Just leave it to these two girls to do something like this. It never even crossed my mind there would be a hole in the bathroom. I just thought Polly would fall from the bag. Well done, Patricia Puddle.
Then, there's the part about Mrs. Badger, the mean teacher. That's every child's worst nightmare. Luckily there's Mr. Tenor, the nice teacher with a dog named Jeremiah. Love that name. Also, there's a not-so-bad headmistress Mrs Godbolt. I like her actually.
And then, there's the famous Great Aunt Mabel. What a horrid cook she is! I wouldn't want to eat anything she cooks either!
I love Mange, Polly's dog. He was such a riot, stealing Auntie's teeth (dentures). He was a good boy on the way to the Opera House until in the end, he created such a ruckus, giving the audience a good laugh, including me.
In all, this book is definitely recommended for both kids and adults alike. Well done!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Aurora Press on Nov. 05, 2011 :
Polly loves singing in the choir. Too bad she's not the best singer. In fact, she's so bad she constantly keeps singing out of tune, which is why her mean teacher has decided to kick her out of the choir before Polly gets to sing at the Opera House. Fortunately for Polly, her best friend, Gertie, is the best singer in school, and Gertie has decided she won't sing either if Polly's not allowed to come along. Now that's what friends are for. And so Polly get sot sing in the choir after all…but only after agreeing to mime. Polly isn’t exactly thrilled, but she gets to be inside the Opera House and that’s bound to count for something. To make matters worse, her mean aunt is staying over for a week and that’s really bad news because Auntie can’t cook. In fact, her concoctions are troublesome for anyone with a healthy stomach, and she’s also not keen on Polly becoming famous. As trouble is mounting up for Polly, she’s thrown into one misadventure after another with a hilarious climax.
This book was a fantastic read with one laugh after another. The writing was suitable for kids, but challenging enough to allow them to learn something along the way. I loved Polly. She’s the perfect endearing little girl who just can’t seem able to stay out of trouble. Would thoroughly recommend to both kids and adults who love to laugh.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Aurora Press on Nov. 05, 2011 :
Polly loves singing in the choir. Too bad she's not the best singer. In fact, she's so bad she constantly keeps singing out of tune, which is why her mean teacher has decided to kick her out of the choir before Polly gets to sing at the Opera House. Fortunately for Polly, her best friend, Gertie, is the best singer in school, and Gertie has decided she won't sing either if Polly's not allowed to come along. Now that's what friends are for. And so Polly get sot sing in the choir after all…but only after agreeing to mime. Polly isn’t exactly thrilled, but she gets to be inside the Opera House and that’s bound to count for something. To make matters worse, her mean aunt is staying over for a week and that’s really bad news because Auntie can’t cook. In fact, her concoctions are troublesome for anyone with a healthy stomach, and she’s also not keen on Polly becoming famous. As trouble is mounting up for Polly, she’s thrown into one misadventure after another with a hilarious climax.
This book was a fantastic read with one laugh after another. The writing was suitable for kids, but challenging enough to allow them to learn something along the way. I loved Polly. She’s the perfect endearing little girl who just can’t seem able to stay out of trouble. Would thoroughly recommend to both kids and adults who love to laugh.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: June V. Bourgo on Nov. 01, 2011 :
They're back! That mischievious, adventurous, what-can-we-get-into-now duo! Once again Polly and Gertie entertain with the same enthusiastic, pushed to the limits behaviour. Their antics in this story will have kids and fans gut laughing and don't children love to gut laugh.

This time, Polly's dog, Mange gets into the action. Aunt Mabel returns and is as disagreeable as ever. Her cooking skills haven't improved either.

Polly and Gertie take their friendship and troublemaking to a whole new level. Fans won't be disappointed.

Patricia Puddle has a unique gift that reaches children's minds and funny bone. Kudos to the author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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