Roscoe Riley doesn't ever mean to get into trouble, but he's still pretty good at it. So when his teacher announces the class will be taking a field trip to an apple orchard, Roscoe gets excited, while his teacher warns the entire class to be on their best behavior. When they arrive, the kids are put in teams of four, given a basket and picking pole, and sent out to collect apples. Roscoe's group finds the biggest, shiniest, most juiciest apple at the whole orchard. It takes some thinking-and arguing-to get it down, but the real trouble starts once the giant apple is theirs. Popular author Katherine Applegate has won a devoted following for her Roscoe Riley Rules series. Readers can't get enough of this loveable youngster who lives by his own guidelines. A peppy narration by Jared Goldsmith captures the infectious humor of Roscoe's shenanigans and will have kids laughing out loud.
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by Katherine Applegate
"Junie B. Jones, kindergarten and first-grade student extraordinaire, has a new companion in Roscoe Riley. Roscoe speaks his mind with the presence of an adult but the na•vetŽ of a youngster and acts on impulse. In this fourth episode, Roscoe and his first-grade class are taking their first field trip to the Happy Apple Orchard. Narrator Jared Goldsmith surely has experience with young children. He narrates with the heightened animation of an exuberant boy. Roscoe's voice rises to an excited high pitch; brother Max and Dad have firm and opinionated voices; baby Hazel is high pitched. The back-and-forth dialogue moves along well and is slowed and speeded up to heighten the suspense. A.R. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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