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Regarding the Sink

Review

Regarding the Sink

written by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise

Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise have written a fun, clever sequel to their popular middle-grade novel, REGARDING THE FOUNTAIN. We find ourselves once again immersed in a mystery with the Geyser Creek Middle School sixth-grade class in REGARDING THE SINK.

The trouble begins with a clogged cafeteria sink. The smell is just awful and the student body can't stand it much longer. The sixth graders want their old friend, Florence Waters, to design a new sink for them. Florence previously designed a new fountain for their school when the school's drinking fountain sprang a leak. The children have many suggestions for Florence, including a winking sink and a sink with a built-in computer. But all of the letters to Florence go unanswered and the children fear the worst has happened. They then find out that Florence has gone to China to help the endangered Sinkiang Spotted Suckerfish.

The sixth grade class has their work cut out for them. While they are trying to raise money for a class trip to visit Florence, their school lunches are replaced with beans, the price of milk goes through the roof, and AIR-gate Inc. wants to replace rainstorms with man-made rain, which falls only at night. Are the sixth-graders and their patient teacher, Mr. Sam N., up to the challenge of solving these and other mysteries?

This entire story is told through letters, news reports, advertisements and drawings. At first I found this writing style distracting, but once I focused on the story contained in the letters, etc., I thoroughly enjoyed it. Children who are hesitant to read novels with small print and large chunks of text will eat up this book's lively format.

REGARDING THE SINK is a fun read for older elementary-aged students. I intend to pick up other books written by the talented author/illustrator team of Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise.

Reviewed by Renee Kirchner on April 1, 2006

Regarding the Sink
written by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise

  • Publication Date: April 1, 2006
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Sandpiper
  • ISBN-10: 0152055444
  • ISBN-13: 9780152055448