Meet Mr. Chubby Butt. He’s a pirate. And a frog. And frogs do not have butts. Or at least he doesn’t. Or if you call what he has a butt, it’s certainly not chubby.
His. Name. Is. Mr. Chubby Butt.
Daryl read a lot of books this year and earned a lot of AR points at school for them. More points than anyone else in his elementary school including fifth graders, in fact. Nearly twice as many as the second place fourth grader.
He’s following in the footsteps of his sister, who had similar accomplishments. Their success in this arena has three major components:
- They love to read. I mean, a lot.
- Their reading level is very advanced (think graduating seniors), allowing them to read books with substantial points available.
- They are ridiculously competitive.
So while many of the other kids love to read or have a higher reading level or are competitive in some ways, none of them seem to have that same three-way toxic mix that mine have.
This causes the PTA some headache. They have an “AR store” where kids can redeem their points for various little items. Their budget and point values on items anticipate most kids getting less than 100 points, with the standouts earning around 200 to 300.
When Jane had well over 600 points halfway through her fourth grade year, they asked her to name her price. She asked for, and received, a Kindle. Later that year or the next, she got an Amazon gift card.
Her brother, of course, was not content to reside in her shadow. He gave the winning fifth grader a run for her money while still in third grade. In fourth, he tackled big-point books including Ender’s Game, Dune, and all the Harry Potter books. And since he wanted to maximize his return, he saved all his points to spend at the end of the year. Once again, the PTA was faced with a kid who would break the bank.
They offered him a “VIP Pass” to an upcoming event, a turn in the “money box”, or a Build-A-Bear animal. He jumped on the latter but wanted to know how many points it would cost. He also mentioned that he’d like an Amazon gift card.
The teacher and I went back and forth for awhile with her trying to tell me that he could have whatever he wanted, he just needed to name it. And me trying to tell her that he didn’t fully know what he wanted. He wanted to analyze his options once point values were assigned.
They finally set point values. And he went shopping. He got various little knickknacks for himself and his little brother. He got a nice gift card to Wal-Mart. And he got to build an animal.
He chose a frog with no backside and named him Mr. Chubby Butt. And then asked me if I could help him figure out how to secure the belt since it was too big for such a skinny beast. A-hem. That’s because he has no butt! *sigh*