The Top 10 Ways to Ruin the First Day of School

By Ken Derby



Special Ten-Year Anniversary Edition

Over 124,000 copies in print

Originally published as The Top 10 Ways to Ruin the First Day of 5th Grade, but now it has a new cover and a new title, The Top 10 Ways to Ruin the First Day of School. It is the same humorous book with the same humorous story that kids love

An International Reading Association and Children's Book Council "Children's Choices" Honor Book

An Alabama "Children's Choice Book Award Program" Winner

"Nonstop wacky action." - School Library Journal

"A quick, fun read that will appeal to would-be show-offs everywhere." - Booklist

"This very funny, very silly book is filled with kids, teachers and parents who will make you laugh - when you're not chuckling about Tony's latest antics." -The Washington Post

Summary: Anthony Madison, a.k.a. Tony Baloney, can't get enough of the Late Show with David Letterman. He loves the Late Show and will stop at nothing to get himself on the program. But to get from Kansas City to New York City, he'll have to pull out all the stops. With his own brand of Top Ten lists, and stunts that range from photocopying his hinder to taking to the field in a bear suit at a professional football game, Tony takes the NFL, MTV, New York City, the Hells Angels, his teacher, friends, family, and readers on an uproarious ride to remember.

Hardcover originally published by Holiday House. Paperback originally published by Scholastic. Paperback re-released by Illusion Publishing.

Product Details

Price: $7.00
Publisher: Illusion Publishing
Published Date: April 05, 2014
Pages: 142
Dimensions: 6.0 X 0.33 X 9.0 inches | 0.48 pounds
ISBN: 9780615974194
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About the Author

Ken Derby is a slightly famous author, monkey trainer, twelve-minute rock star, five-minute TV star, two-minute movie star, fisherman, and former CIA operative (okay . . . not really). When he isn't teaching or writing, he might be found reading, working out, biking, or rooting for the Denver Broncos. Visit him at