A HUGE 'shout out' to Sara S. and her fifth grade class who recently posted the following reviews at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Works-of-Justin-Matott/213624096290?ref=ts


FROM THE TEACHER, SARA S:

I just finished reading The Gabriel Book of World Records with my 5th grade class. It was one of the funniest books I have read in a LONG time. When the kids began laughing, it was hard to stop myself. In fact, at one point I even started to cry because it was so amusing. Gabe was easy to relate to as he went on many adventures with his friends in their pursuit of getting into the Guinness Book of World Records. The book reminded me of my own childhood and I could not stop laughing as the boys played pranks on their older brothers. The boys in my class definitely enjoyed it because of the "boy" humor, but the girls loved it too. I would recommend this to any reader who is looking for a good laugh. Below are the reviews my students wrote. Enjoy!!!


FROM THE STUDENTS:

The Gabriel Book of World Records by Justin Matott is a fantastic story. It is creative and full of adventure. One minute Gabe might be investigating an old abandon grave yard and the next, he could be planning a surprise attack on his goon-of-a-brother. Gabe has his heart set on a world record of his own, to be in the Guinness Book. With the Brotherhood of Boys, they can do anything.
This is one of the best books in the world! (Good enough to be in the next Guinness Book of World Records!) Fun and surprises lurk around every turn. If you’re looking for an exciting story, this is the book for you. I strongly recommend this amazing tale of a boy, with a dream.
~ Tessa C.

Hilarious. Intriguing. Amazing. Those are just some of the words to describe The Gabriel Book of World Records by Justin Matott. His true amazement comes out in this book. Gabe, as so his friends call him, goes on tons of adventures, as well as trying to get into the Guinness Book of World Records. Of course, Carl, Gabe’s brother, gets in the way with his friends and out comes war! To know the end, read it. I absolutely LOVED this book. It was so entertaining and our class would be so happy when we read it. In our free time in class, we would mostly want to read more of Gabe. It’s too good of a book to not be read by a lot of people. I’d recommend it to, well, ANYONE! ~ Elise G.

The book Gabriel Book of World Records by Justin Matott was filled with humor and a great way to remember your childhood. I liked most the way Justin Matott put in all the adventure. It was a fun, exciting book. Gabe is a normal boy that has fun with his friends. He invades his older brothers and blows up their fort. He does many other action packed things. I would recommend this book to kids and adults because it is humorous and brings back memories for adults.
~ Cullen F.

The Gabriel book of world records by Justin Matott is strongly recommended by a majority of Mrs. Stites 5th grade class. The book was filled with many laughs. I strongly enjoyed the kid’s point of view in this story. This story can be for both boys and girls because I, as a girl, enjoyed hearing The Secret Brotherhood of Boys do some of the things I do in my own neighborhood. This story had great feeling in it and our class was always disappointed to stop reading.
This book is very funny! This is just the book to get any one laughing and smiling. Justin Matott did a fabulous job of entertaining the reader. This is a great book! ~ Elise T.

In the book The Gabriel Book of World Records by Justin Matott a boy named Gabe and his friends have many adventures over the summer and during the year. They are all in The Secret Brotherhood of Boys. Their adventures range from catching a giant crawdad to sleeping in a haunted school house. When school starts back up their adventures slow down but not their passion for getting into The Guinness Book of World Records. They need to find out how to get in.
The Gabriel Book of World Records was an awesome book. It’s hysterical. I recommend this book to anyone who loves funny books. ~ Victoria P.

The Gabriel book of World Records by Justin Matott is about a boy and his friends. They call themselves the Secret Brother Hood of Boys. They are trying to set a world record and get into the world record book. They have all these crazy ideas, like creating the biggest sheet of glue rolled in hands made into a sheet and creating the biggest spit pool, they actually tried both. Will they make it into the record book? I recommend this book to people how like fireworks and getting down and dirty in books. ~Shae M.

Gabe always wanted to be in the book of world records. He and his friends are called the secret brotherhood of boys. The brotherhood battles the goon squad(older brothers) and has many humorous adventures. Gabe writes stories(that you can read) and tries to get into the book. This book brings back memories of being little. I love that it’s hilarious and has many tales. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to laugh. ~ Jack M.

In the book The Gabriel Book of World Records, Gabriel Peters is an intelligent young boy who is just dying to get into the Guinness book of world records. He and his Secret Brotherhood of Boys, get together and start their own world record for the book. This book tells the long enjoyable year of a group of young boys and their interesting ideas.
I suggest this book to anyone who loves to laugh. It is full of hysterical things, like fat cats, frogs and much more. This is the best book to read in a classroom. I loved this book and so did all of my class. A really great book! Justin Matott you did a really good job. ~Juliana L.

THE GABRIEL BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS is a fun, crazy, story. Gabe is always thinking of fun adventures, like when he tried to start a frog farm. That was a mess! In the end it tells a wonderful story of a boy’s summer. I would recommend this book for people who are in for a good laugh. ~ Lauren K.

In this picture filled chapter book by Justin Matott, a boy named Gabriel Peters tries to get into the book of world records with his group of friends called the Brotherhood of Boys. It’s a story about Gabriel and the different ideas he and his friends try to use to get into the record book. It was also about he and his friend and how they pestered his older brother and his friends older brothers. It was a quite amusing story.
In my opinion this book was one of my favorite books ever and I don’t usually read this kind of book but I would totally recommend it to other kids to read. I loved all the pictures in it and the funny stories told in it. I love the Gabriel Book of World Records ~Makena S.

In the chapter book The Gabriel Book of World Records by Justin Matott, Gabriel Peters and his friends are trying to get into the world records book. The things in the way are their older brothers, they are ruining the whole experience and helping a tiny bit. Justin Matott really went and made it realistic and a hilarious story. I strongly recommend this absolutely humorous story. ~ Mariah C.

Gabriel Peters was the main character in the Gabriel Book of World Records by Justin Matott. Gabe was a kid that would pick on his older brother and his older brother would pick on him right back. He had some friends that were in the “Secret Brother Hood of Boys” with him. The “Secret Brother Hood of Boys” is a club Gabe and his friends came up with. Gabe’s whole plan for the summer was to get into the book of records. Gabe and his friends tried to get into the book by making the world’s largest spit pool. (The sad thing is they did not get into the book that way.)
The Gabriel Book of World Records was a very entertaining and funny book. I would highly recommend it to people who are looking for a well written book. ~ Natalie T.

In the book Gabriel Book of World Records by Justin Matott, Gabriel Peterson is one action full kid, blowing up fireworks here and there and trying not to get in trouble by the Goon Squad. Gabriel is the president of a group called The Secret Brother of Boys and all the of the older brothers of the boys are called the Goon Squad. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants a great laugh and burn up time.
P.S. This is my favorite book I have ever read.
~Philip P.

The book The Gabriel Book of World Records by Justin Matott is about a boy and his friends who try to get into the Guinness Book of World Records. I liked the book because it was funny when one of the boys gets pinched by crawdads after falling into the water. ~ Ryan O.

The book Gabriel Book of World Records is a funny book about a boy named Gabriel Peters. Gabe is a boy that has a club called the Secret Brotherhood of Boys. All of the boys in the club have older brothers. The older brothers have a club named the Goon Squad. The older brothers and the younger brothers are always fighting. (Don’t get me wrong it’s a funny book with funny fights). During the summer they all camp, play, and do other fun things together.
During the summer Gabe and the rest of the Brotherhood of Boys think of ways to get into the Book of World Records. One way they try is to make a huge spit pool! They try to put it into the book of world records. But don’t make it.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone. It is a really funny book and love it. ~ Sofia R.

The Gabriel Book of World Records by Justin Matott is about a boy named Gabriel (Gabe) who really wants to get into the book of world records with his friends the first thing he thinks of is a giant spit pool, but it does NOT work at all. Next, he thinks of tying fireworks to his bike and jumping over the canyon where the train goes, that doesn’t work either. So now he starts annoying his brother and the rest of goon squad and that works. So now his brother’s crazy goon squad go against Gabe's brotherhood of boys club. Who will win and what will happen next? I would recommend this book for people who love hilarious books and who also love do weird experiments. ~Tomah W.

The Gabriel Book of World Records by Justin Matott was a funny one indeed. Gabe and his Secret Brotherhood of Boys try to set world records like the world’s largest spit pool. On their assuming and marvelous adventure, they don’t just try to set world records. They make bets with their older brothers, like sleeping in a haunted school. This book was funny, but some parts in this story are really disgusting. I would recommend it to anyone who needs a good laugh, or Y-O-U!!! ~ Clara H.

In the book Gabriel Book of World Records by Justin Matott, Gabe and his imaginative friends try to make world records like the biggest spit pool and many more. They face troubles and mean brothers but have a blast doing it. I loved it because it made me laugh. It was LOL. It was the best book I ever read!! I would recommend it to anyone who likes fun. ~Ellie S.

The Gabriel Book of World Records by Justin Matott is the complete opposite of bad. It’s awesome! It’s filled with excitement and adventure of Gabe’s life. One time he’s exploding fireworks and the next he’s consulting with his brotherhood on how they can break the world record. I strongly recommend this book to whoever is looking for a book that is humorous and great. If that sounds good then this is the book for you. ~Rob R.

The book Gabriel Book of World Records is very funny that will keep you hooked for hours! Gabe as they call him in the story is fascinated about the Guinness book of world records. He can’t even think how cool it would be to get into the book. The book will entertain you whether you laugh, cry, or pee your pants! ~Ethan K.

Gabriel Peters is an imaginative young boy full of adventure. In this book you will enjoy reading Gabe’s absurd plans like a frog farm and the world’s largest spit pool. Read as Gabe and his friends conquer dangerous plans with fire crackers, and assaults against the goon squad [older brothers], a dare off, and attempts to get into the World Record book. Learn about glen the sea monkey, the brother hood of boys, old Indian legends, and Mr. Pattchet. You will probably double over laughing at their pranks.
This is a great with action adventure, and humor. The action is nonstop because of how the characters are always doing something new. An example would be when Gabe and his friends go frog hunting but the next day, go to the haunted school house. This also provides lots of adventure. There is also lots of humor between Gabe and his brother Carl, because of their double trouble.
I loved this book with all of its humor and adventure. It is never boring. I loved the whole book except for one of the pages where it got a little violent. I also think the author could have ended the book better. Other than that I think it is a great book.
I recommend this book for ages six and up because some of the humor may not be appropriate for young readers. If your kids are pranksters, you might think twice about letting your kids read this. It might give them a bad idea. Not like horrible ideas but, some silly ones that people may not find funny. I recommend this book for anyone who likes Diary of a Wimpy Kid. This is a great book. ~ Maddie B.

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