Rip and Red
Phil Bildner is a former New York City public school teacher who lives in Brooklyn. The author of many books, he travels to over sixty schools a year. philbildner.com
Tim Probert has illustrated children's books, advertisements, promotional material, and worked in animation production. He lives in New York City. timprobert.com
Rip and Red are best friends whose fifth-grade year is nothing like what they expected. They have a crazy new tattooed teacher named Mr. Acevedo, who doesn't believe in tests or homework and who likes off-the-wall projects, the more "off" the better. They also find themselves with a new basketball coach: Mr. Acevedo! Easy-going Rip is knocked completely out of his comfort zone. And for Red, who has autism and really needs things to be exactly a certain way, the changes are even more of a struggle. But together these two make a great duo who know how to help each other--and find ways to make a difference--in the classroom and on the court.
With its energetic and authentic story and artwork, this is a fresh, fun book about school, sports, and friendship.
If the students are inspiring, so is [their teacher] Mr. Acevedo, who risks his job to do such radical things as reading aloud and encouraging free reading. (He's supposed to be preparing the kids to take tests!) Probert's cartoonish illustrations lend energy and personality to the likable cast of characters.
Narrated by Rip . . . the book depicts the evolution of a group of fifth graders who learn a lot, grow a lot, and help one another . . . Pure fun with a lot of heart.
This warm slice-of-life novel from Bildner engages and entertains . . . Probert's energetic illustrations match the positive exuberance of the story.