Fifth-grader Nick is always trying to be the class clown. Mrs. Granger, the English Language Arts teacher, is a veteran teacher who has superb control over the class. She has a fanatical love of dictionaries, and requires her students to be well acquainted with them. Trying to burn up class time, Nick asks her a smart-aleck question, which earns him an extra assignment.
While working on the assignment, Nick gets a great idea: he will invent a word. So he makes up the word “frindle” as an alternative for “pen”, and enlists some of his friends to start using the word. Soon the entire class is referring to a pen as a frindle. Mrs. Granger is very annoyed, and tries to stop the students from using the made-up word, but to no avail.
This was such a fun read! It started briefly with Nick being in third grade, and ended with him being a college student, but the majority of the story takes place in 5th grade. It moved along quickly, and contained a lot of humor. This is a great book to read aloud with elementary-age kids. It is available in print, ebook, and audiobook format.