Trevor Lee and the Big Uh Oh!

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Pub Date 1 Sep 2019 | Archive Date 15 Jul 2019

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If there's one thing everyone knows, it's that Trevor Lee and school don't mix. Like pickles and peanut butter. When his new teacher announces everyone must read on-stage in front of everyone at Parents Night, Trevor Lee and his best friend Pinky take action before his secret of not being able to read gets out. After several over-the-top attempts at getting out of Parents Night, Trevor Lee enlists the help of his Mamaw. "Some days are just bad. You gotta hold your head high and keep moving," she always says. Can Trevor Lee remember her advice as he stands in front of a crowd on the school's biggest night?

If there's one thing everyone knows, it's that Trevor Lee and school don't mix. Like pickles and peanut butter. When his new teacher announces everyone must read on-stage in front of everyone at...


Advance Praise

Filled with laugh-out-loud moments and endearing characters, Trevor Lee and the Big Uh-Oh! will be a favorite for young readers. 

     --Erin Dionne, author Lights, Camera, Disaster and other award-winning books.

Filled with laugh-out-loud moments and endearing characters, Trevor Lee and the Big Uh-Oh! will be a favorite for young readers. 

     --Erin Dionne, author Lights, Camera, Disaster and other...


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Overall, this book is adorable. I really enjoyed the main character and his antics to get out of reading. I found the ending to be extremely important and something not a lot of people talk about, but often happens. I found it very endearing, funny, amusing and relate-able. It is something a lot of young people should read that have difficulty in a certain area at school, not just reading is addressed but also math.

I would read this book to, or with, my kid when I get older because I think it shows an important message of it's never too late to learn something if you are determined to do so. I especially enjoyed reading about his antics with his best friend, Pinky. I found it amusing and very little boy-ish.

I really enjoyed the comic relief in this book, because yes it is about a kid who cannot read, but it has some very amusing parts in it to cut the tension of what will happen next.

I would recommend this book to moms with kids around Trevor Lee's age and use it as a tool to show that it is okay if you are a little behind the other kids, it's not a race.

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I read this story with my son. His opinion is that it's funny and he read it fast. He thinks his teacher will like it. I enjoyed it as well. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.

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I read this with my 8 year old son and we both really enjoyed it!
A great, upbeat story and lots of fun!

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Great book that I think Struggling readers will really relate to. Trevor Lee has just started 3rd grade and still can’t read any words longer than 3 letters.

He shows the reader how his teacher makes him feel & how his struggles make him want to avoid reading at any cost! Even trying to catch chicken pox from the chickens in his garden.

I’d definitely read this with children aged between 6-10.

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This book was so cute.

It’s been a while since I read something from the perspective of a third grader, but I forgot how charming the perspective of an eight-year-old can be. There was just something so lovable about Trevor Lee and Pinky.

Will I be purchasing in September when it gets released? More than likely.

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Delightful romp through 3rd grade. Sweet, real life characters. Relatable situations. Fun and fast paced. Enjoyed it greatly!

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Love finding beginning chapter books for boys. I don’t love when it is full of booger, butts, poo, Uranus, panties and more. I liked some of the messages taught just wish it could have been done without some of the other content.

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This book features an array of characters lacking in most books for kids now. I think most early elementary kids will relate to the main character's frustrations with school. There are a few very funny moments enhanced by relatable and funny illustrations. This would also be a great read-aloud in a 2nd or 3rd grade class.

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Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.

Trevor Lee and the Big Uh Oh by Wiley Blevins is a hilarious and entertaining walk through third grade. With a protagonist who is relate able and likable, who like many children are successful and often frustrated by various aspects of school life. This work had me laughing out loud on several occasions through out the work. I recommend this work for all middle leveled readers as they will have had similar trials and tribulations.

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4.0-4.25 Stars read with an adult,
2.5-2.75 Stars read alone

Trevor Lee is a third-grader trapped in a three-letter world. He has managed to keep his secret from everyone...family, peers, and even teachers are seemingly unaware he is struggling to read. But when his teacher announces that all students have to get up on stage and read out loud during Parent's Night Trevor knows his secret will be out.

Oh my goodness! What was he going to do? He and his best friend Pinky, try to get him out of it. Sneaky, not so sneaky, one by one their ideas fail. Now with his secret hanging over him like the anvil about to crush poor Coyote's head in the classic cartoon. He thinks of his beloved Grandmother's words. "Some days are just bad. You gotta hold your head high and keep moving, "

Cute without being cutesy and laugh out loud humorous at times. Wiley Blevins' story is populated by realistic characters 7-10-year-old girls and boys can readily identify with and easily relate too. Many children struggle with basic reading skills. It is important to emphasize everyone learns at their own pace and it's okay to be on a different level than your friends. However, we do not want to encourage kids to put forth so much effort to avoid learning. I think Trevor Lee and The Big Uh Oh should be read for the first time with an adult. Because it is important kids get the right message.

Note: I read the book. Then read it with my seven-year-old granddaughter. When finished I asked her what she thought. She immediately asked, "Nana, why couldn't Trevor read? Why didn't his teacher know he couldn't read? Didn't his family read with him every day like we do?" She also thought this would be a good book for her class to read together. Sharing this book with her provided me with an opportunity to discuss responsibility, keeping secrets, asking for help, and the importance of practicing. (Why her Nana always says "practice, practice, practice -- to get better at anything we have to practice!")

Happy Reading,

RJ

Thank you to the publisher, One Elm Books (a division of Red Chair Press) and NetGalley for the opportunity to share this book.

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Sweet ~ Humorous ~ Hopeful

tl; dr: An Eeyore of a boy who suffers regularly from bad days lives through third grade.

Young readers will empathize with Trevor, and/ or perhaps his best friend Pinky, and the neverending problems they suffer trying to live to third grade. This charming book reads like the classics Ramona series and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, in it's believable, and emotionally-available main characters. But, Trevor is wholly his own. This is a great read for a kid who might feel unsure about life, who isn't perfect, or who has worries about school. Adorable. (Also, loved the illustrations, particularly the class picture.)

4.5

Thanks to NetGallery for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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I read this book with my 3rd grader and he enjoyed many of the antics of his fellow "peers". Reading did not come easily in our family and so this book was relatable but at the same time, I struggled with this one a bit. I understand not wanting to do something that you don't feel that you know how to do very well but at the same time, it had a pretty negative tone towards learning how to read.

There are so many resources and supports now in schools and I think this book missed the mark about that stuff. When I was learning things were much more antiquated but things have changed so much in such a positive and proactive way. I think if you do read this with your own elementary school-aged child it would be a good one to really discuss together just so they receive the right message.

A big thank you to NetGalley and One Elm Books, all opinions are my own.

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Trevor Lee is in third grade. His best friend is Pinky. Mind you, Pinky is not a girl but a boy. His teacher is Miss Burger, nicknamed as Miss Booger. As per Trevor Lee, him and school do not mix, like pickles and peanut butter. Trevor Lee also does not like to read and hates math with words. When he learns that he has to read on stage on parents’ night, he plans to escape by getting chicken pox. He hangs out closely with the hens at his home to get chicken pox. He takes his Mawmaw’s advice and practices his reading part. His Mawmaw is his favorite, she hangs out with him without looking at her phone or TV and doles out sensible advice.

I enjoyed reading about the third grade life of Trevor Lee. He is a humorous and a naughty kid, but respects elders and helps out in the farm at home. He enjoys school but hates reading. As per him no words should be more than 3 letters. I loved the wisdom he sprinkles in the book, for example, the secret to losing weight is to buy gross food. Also the last few sentences at the end of each chapter let me know how he felt about school that day. I also liked that few of the chapters were fractions and sometimes the chapter numbers did not follow order.

I laughed many times while reading this book, for example the disastrous apple picking trip, the accident while taking care of the class hamster and the hen coop incident. Pinky was a good friend and made Trevor Lee’s life interesting. The art in the book was captivating, descriptive and added to the better reading experience.

There were a few editorial mistakes. In location 174, the sentence, ‘How come the letters ea in heat’, should be, ‘How come the letters ‘ea’ in heat’. Also the sentences in locations 608 and 649, ‘She said it was important that we smile real big like’, and ‘I crawled out from under’, ended abruptly. In the author description, the sentence, ‘If there is one thing everyone knows’, there is a space between I and f.

I would give this book a rating of 4 out of 5 because of the editorial mistakes. Middle-grade students will be interested to read this book. They will identify themselves Trevor Lee and benefit from his life experiences and wisdom.

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I loved this book from the first page. This is a delightful story about Trevor Lee, a boy full of mischievous adventures. Trevor Lee can not read very well and would go to any lengths to get out of reading.

The way Trevor explains some things is so funny I had to stop reading and just sit back and have a good laugh before I could continue.

I enjoyed reading this book very much.

Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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Trevor Lee and the Big Uh Oh is a cute story of a third grade boy struggling with reading. Although he covers it up and avoids the topic at all costs, it still catches up to him. The story is very upbeat with an occasional illustration, which I enjoyed. I think most younger middle grade readers would enjoy this one, especially if they can relate to Trevor’s reading troubles.
Thank you to One Elm Books and NetGalley for this advanced copy!

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An adorable book about a third grader named Trevor Lee. Trevor Lee hates school and would do anything to avoid going to school. His best friend is Pinky. They've been friends since kindergarten. Pinky is a boy despite having a girl's name. He's also the smallest and loudest kid in class.

The thing is, Trevor hates reading—he always looks for any excuse to get out of reading group. He's even come up with a plan with Pinky to distract their teacher giving him a chance to escape. Trevor, however, is good at math.

On the first day of 3rd grade, his 3rd-grade teacher, Miss Burger asks him to read out a passage from their book in front of the whole class. Mortified by the thought of reading in front of the class, Trevor wets his pants 👖 in front of everyone. To make matters worse, he gets selected by his teacher to read in front of their parents and teachers on "Family Night".
I enjoyed the story and I really like the style of the illustrations which complemented the story well. I liked the characters especially the Sally twins, and Trevor's grandma, Mamaw McGee.

Overall, a delightful read and I would recommend.

Thank you to Wiley Blevins, One Elm Books and NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I absolutely loved this book. One of the scenes that I particularly enjoyed was the author's description of the relationship of Trevor and the rooster. It took me back to my childhood where I had a similar experience. Made me laugh in retrospect.

Aside from that I like the way, life is viewed from the eyes of a child. How learning is difficult and how everyone faces different challenges as they grow up.

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Thank you to NetGalley for a free digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.

I really liked the idea of this book because of it touching on a child struggling to read. It is a relatable romp through third grade life for many elementary kids. Of course it does fall in to the stereotypical boy default jokes of boogers, butts and poop. Kids will really like this book.

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Loved this book! I shared it with one of my fifth graders who adores the characters and was able to relate to Trevor Lee! This book is great for reluctant readers! Thank you!

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Trevor Lee and the Big Uh Oh
How many things can possibly go wrong for one boy? Well, if you are Trevor Lee, lots of things. He doesn’t seem to have much luck
Trevor Lee, the third grader, not the wrestler, doesn’t read very well, and this leads to all kinds of troubles for him. His best friend, Pinky works hard to back him up, but even that isn’t fool proof. Add in his classmates, including twin girl know it-alls, the requisite mean lunch lady, and several embarrassing school events, you know it won’t be Trevor Lee’s favorite place.
At least at home on the farm, he has loving, busy parents, and a MawMaw willing to do karate. But his troubles there include a vengeful rooster, chores, and practice for his school “Family Reading Night”.
How many ways can he try to get out of it? What Trevor Lee ends up getting out of it is a greater appreciation for his own hard work, his teacher, and his family’s learning challenges.
This would make a good beginning of the year read aloud for families and younger students.

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Oh, Trevor Lee, you are adorable! I really didn't expect for a "children's book" to make me feel so many feels. I have a son who will be in 3rd grade next year that struggles with reading comprehension, This contributes to his willingness (or lack of) to read vs having me or his dad read to him. I am an avid reader who has had a lifelong love of books and assumed that reading would come easy since books are a staple in our house. I appreciate the POV from Trevor and seeing it from another prospective instead of my own. I loved that he overcame his reading obstacles with the help of the adults in his life who only want the best for him, much like my own son. I especially loved the end the most and that the author based this book on his own childhood. Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book early, it will definitely be added to our collection when it is published.

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Trevor Lee and the Big Uh Oh! by Wiley Blevins is a fantastic comedy full of southern charm and childhood wonder. Trevor Lee feels more like a best friend you'd want to have than a protagonist. His struggle with reading, made worse by adding public speaking into it, makes him such a lovable character. His complaints about the day make him feel like like a 3rd grade Benjamin Franklin. The pages on this book seemed to fly by. The illustrations perfectly capture scenes and there is very little wrong with this book. Reading the story Trevor Lee needs to read seems a bit over-the-top, but otherwise, there are no critiques to be had about the book. The lovable characters don't just stop at Trevor Lee. His best friend Pinky, his #1 enemy Sally Mae and her twin are equally lovable, as is the terrible Ms. Burger and especially Trevor Lee's lovable Mamaw. There is not a single character in this book that readers won't want to know more about. Wiley Blevins has crafted a great book perfect for anyone that wants an enjoyable, relatable read. Also, as an elementary school teacher, this book is perfect for the classroom for analyzing plot, characters, and storytelling.

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An adorable book about a third grader named Trevor Lee. Trevor Lee hates school and would do anything to avoid going to school. His best friend is Pinky. They've been friends since kindergarten. Pinky is a boy despite having a girl's name. He's also the smallest and loudest kid in class.

Trevor can not read very well and would go to any lengths to get out of reading. The way Trevor explains some things is so funny I had to stop reading and just sit back and have a good laugh before I could continue.

Thank you to Wiley Blevins, One Elm Books and NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Trevor Lee made me laugh out loud. This sweet and goofy story was the perfect setting for the more serious storyline of struggling to read. Nice balance of screwball comedy and tenderness. Perfect for early grade boys, and anyone who has felt school was a challenge.

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This is a fun early middle grades chapter book. Poor Trevor Lee...many misfortunes and adventures.
This would be a good beginner chapter book

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I absolutely loved this book! It’s light, funny and entertaining!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced digital copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Netgalley and One Elm Books for the opportunity to read an advanced copy!

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This book is aimed at 2nd or 3rd graders. I am 60 years old and I laughed out loud several times. It is very well written. Trevor Lee is starting 3rd grade. His teacher, which they call the Boog, wants the class to read a book for Family Night. The problem is that Trevor can’t read. He overhears his parents discussing moving him back to 2nd grade. Trevor and his best friend, Pinky, cannot let that happen. Between skirting Hippie, the Rooster, getting into trouble at the apple orchard and (gasp) word problems in math. Trevor is afraid that he might not be able to read in front of the parents. How embarrassing that would be!

I can’t rave enough about this light chapter book. It is accompanied by a few drawings that are wonderful in their simplicity. Trevor and Pinky are hilarious in their antics both in school and out of it. They are not complex but are fun and delightful.


I received an ARC from One Elm Books through NetGalley. This in no way affects my opinion or rating of this book. I am voluntarily submitting this review.

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Trevor Lee is a third grade boy who is great at math, but who struggles with reading. In fact, Trevor is so nervous about having to read aloud that he wets his pants in front of everyone on the first day of school when his teacher asks him to read. Eeek! Trevor’s saving grace is his grandma, Mamaw McGee, who sits with him at home and encourages him to keep trying to read and to not give up when it gets tough. At the very end, we learn there’s a reason Trevor’s Mamaw was so persistent and it reminds us that we never know what each other’s challenges are unless we share. At the conclusion, we discover that the story is based on the author’s personal trials.

One of my brothers is dyslexic and dysgraphic and I remember, so well, his painful trials through school. He was diagnosed when he was in 3rd grade, during a time when educators didn’t know much about his disability. For a child experiencing that level of frustration, this book will served as a mirror, providing a few humorous snickers in the midst of painful understanding. And while this story wasn’t intended to go into the realistic details of identifying a learning disability and providing service (in fact, we are never told explicitly if Trevor Lee has a disability or if he just slipped through the cracks during his first three years of school), I do hope that any child who can identify with Trevor will get the help they need and not merely be forced to read aloud (ESPECIALLY in front of a crowd of people).

Thanks to NetGallery and One ELM Press for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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A fabulous read for middle schoolers!

Full of childhood wonder, Trevor Lee and the Big Uh Oh! by Wiley Blevins is a superb novel packed with comedy and fun. Trevor Lee felt more like a good friend to me than a protagonist. His struggle with reading, not improved by the horrors of public speaking, made him such a lovable character. The pages in this book seemed to whizz by. The illustrations perfectly depicted different occurrences and the affable characters didn't end with Trevor Lee. His best friend, Pinky and his arch enemy, Sally Mae were just as winsome, as was his grandma, Mamaw McGee. I wanted to know more about every single character in this book. Wiley Blevins has fashioned a marvellous book that I highly recommend, without any hesitation.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from One Elm Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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Trevor Lee is starting third grade, and he’s finding it much more difficult than he’d imagined. His teacher, Miss Burger (aka The Boog) is too smart for Trevor Lee. He tries everything he can think of to get out of reading out loud, but nothing works. The Boog still makes his read. She even turns his favorite math problems into word problems, so he’s stuck doing even more reading.

But at least Trevor Lee has people on his side. His best friend Pinky, who wants to be a fire truck when he grows up, is happy to join in on Trevor Lee’s shenanigans. And he has the support of his parents and his Memaw, who tries to help him when it’s time to feed the chickens and the evil rooster Hippie chases him.

And then at school Trevor Lee gets the worst news yet. Family Night is coming up, and Miss Burger expects everyone in the class to read out loud. In front of the everyone. Even Trevor Lee. In between the class pictures and the art projects that they do in preparation for Family Night, Trevor Lee spends as much time as he can practicing his reading for the big night. But will it be enough, or will he humiliate himself in front of his class, his parents, his teacher, and his Memaw?

Wiley Blevins’ new book Trevor Lee and the Big Uh-Oh is a charming book about the struggles that some kids have with learning to read. It could be very helpful to other kids who struggle with the same thing, or to boost empathy in those who are stronger readers. With some adorable drawings by Marta Kissi and some truly laugh-out-loud adventures, Trevor Lee and the Big Uh-Oh is a fun back-to-school book for kids and parents alike.

Galleys for Trevor Lee and the Big Uh-Oh were provided by One Elm Books through NetGalley, with many thanks.

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Fun read with a good lesson--everyone struggles to learn something at some point in their life. For Trevor Lee it is reading. I think for kids reading the book they will be able to relate to the idea of not being the best at a school subject or something else and learn it is alright so long as learning is the goal.

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Trevor Lee is a delightful third grader to meet in this fun story. I like that the challenges Trevor is presented with is one that many kids can relate to, and his antics are quite humorous and clever.

Overall, a fun story. Thanks to NetGalley for a great ARC.

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Great book that I think Struggling readers will really relate to. Trevor Lee has just started 3rd grade and still can’t read any words longer than 3 letters. I have a second grader who struggles with reading and I know this book would encourage her to keep working on her reading skills.

He shows the reader how his teacher makes him feel & how his struggles make him want to avoid reading at any cost! Even trying to catch chicken pox from the chickens in his garden.

I’d definitely read this with children aged between 6-10.

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Cute book, great themes for discussion with middle graders. My son and I really enjoyed reading this together.

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