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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (9 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142414263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142414262
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.3 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,020,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Raymond and Graham Rule the School Best friends Raymond and Graham have waited their whole lives for fourth grade, when they'll rule the school. But things don't go quite as planned when Raymond gets the most embarrassing line in the school play. Can he find a way out of it, or will he be humiliated in front of everyone? Illustrations.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ancient Mariner on 20 Feb. 2015
Format: Paperback
I read Raymond and Graham's summer camp adventure book, (Raymond and Graham: Cool Campers), and enjoyed it very much. The two fourth graders have an excellent relationship - best friends who are loyal, supportive and honest with each other, and who encourage each other in the kind of knuckleheaded mayhem unique to fourth graders. I wondered if the entire series was as rewarding, and especially if this first book in the series, which is where most people would start, fairly reflects the appeal of these two guys. I am happy to report that what you get is what I hoped for - an engaging kid buddy comedy with humor, antics, a few revealed truths, and a happy ending. The entire book is tightly constructed, precisely observed, sharply written, and filled with generous and good-humored insight.

This book is not really very plot driven. Raymond and Graham are starting fourth grade and are planning, as the oldest elementary students, to "rule the school". Needless to say things don't work out that way. After numerous setbacks, missteps and small humiliations, which they usually fix, work around, or ignore, most of the various plot strands come together and wrap up nicely at the end. (While there are NO SPOILERS HERE, it is fair to say that there are at least a dozen set pieces along the way that honestly qualify as laugh-out-loud funny.)

What really drives this book is Raymond's narration and the conversations between Raymond and Graham. Do they sound like authentic fourth graders? Of course not. They sound like the smartest, funniest, driest, most insightful and most deadpan fourth graders you could imagine, channeled through the mind and the pen of a gifted author.
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Amazon.com: 12 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Best book ever 25 May 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the funniest book I have ever read. Raymond and Graham will make you laugh your head off.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Start to a Good Series - "We discussed life's mysteries..." 9 July 2014
By Pop Bop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I read Raymond and Graham's summer camp adventure book, (Raymond and Graham: Cool Campers), and enjoyed it very much. The two fourth graders have an excellent relationship - best friends who are loyal, supportive and honest with each other, and who encourage each other in the kind of knuckleheaded mayhem unique to fourth graders. I wondered if the entire series was as rewarding, and especially if this first book in the series, which is where most people would start, fairly reflects the appeal of these two guys. I am happy to report that what you get is what I hoped for - an engaging kid buddy comedy with humor, antics, a few revealed truths, and a happy ending. The entire book is tightly constructed, precisely observed, sharply written, and filled with generous and good-humored insight.

This book is not really very plot driven. Raymond and Graham are starting fourth grade and are planning, as the oldest elementary students, to "rule the school". Needless to say things don't work out that way. After numerous setbacks, missteps and small humiliations, which they usually fix, work around, or ignore, most of the various plot strands come together and wrap up nicely at the end. (While there are NO SPOILERS HERE, it is fair to say that there are at least a dozen set pieces along the way that honestly qualify as laugh-out-loud funny.)

What really drives this book is Raymond's narration and the conversations between Raymond and Graham. Do they sound like authentic fourth graders? Of course not. They sound like the smartest, funniest, driest, most insightful and most deadpan fourth graders you could imagine, channeled through the mind and the pen of a gifted author. Raymond has enough of the feel of a real kid, and his thoughts and experiences are translated to such an authentic kid level, that you believe you are peeking into his head and eavesdropping on his conversations with Graham and with all of his fourth grade friends. That is one heck of a trick for a writer to pull off.

I would think that a young reader would immediately like Raymond and Graham, would be amused by their banter and their antics, and would absorb some of the insight and wisdom from which they have been molded. I can't think of anything more that I would want from an elementary level book. It doesn't hurt that in these books parents are understanding and supportive, teachers know what they are doing, adults generally are dependable, and virtue ends up being rewarded - all without irony or even a hit of preachiness. A nice, warm find.

Please note that I found this book while browsing the local library's Kindle books, and downloaded it for free. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Raymond and Graham Rule! 2 Aug. 2008
By Elementary School Teacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I read this book to a class of third and fourth graders, mostly boys. I had no idea that the students, the aides, the teacher and I would all enjoy it so much. There were days when we could not stop laughing. I think it is one of the all-time funniest books for children I have ever read. I would definitely put it in the top three.
I taught elementary school for twenty years and also spent many, many hours reading to my daughter, so this rating comes from someone who had read lots of great and not-so-great books. Everybody-- the 8-10 year old students and the 30-60 year-old adults-- loved the chapter about the unibrow most of all. Just thinking of it makes me laugh. As you can see from the age range of the people in the classroom while I was reading the book, the authors successfully appeal to a very wide audience.
I am delighted to see that Mike Knudson is coming out with a second book in early Sept.; I can't wait to share it with my class. I hope he realizes how much the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students (especially boys) of America need Raymond and Graham to keep us laughing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A fun read 7 Sept. 2008
By Gayle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I would recommend this book for anyone who likes to laugh. A little bit of bathroom humor, but not too much. Just a fun read with lots of laugh out loud moments. Kids who enjoyed Captain Underpants but are ready for the next reading level will love it. Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans should also enjoy this book. While I love the Wimpy Kid series, Raymond and Graham are are kinder and more likable characters than Wimpy Kid's Greg. Viewing the world through Raymond's fourth-grade eyes also stirred up my own childhood memories and put a smile on my face.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Raymond And Grahm Rule The School 4 Feb. 2013
By Christian Roumayah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I thought this was a really great book. I have also read other books from this series and they are all a good read
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