Jeff Greenbaum and Wiley Adamson — the self-appointed nicknamers of Old Orchard Public School, or OOPS — have been best friends for eleven years. So it stands to reason that they would both fall for the same red-haired girl. Meanwhile their charismatic football-coach-turned-English-teacher, Mr. Huge (Hughes), is in danger of losing his job unless their 6th grade class, a.k.a. the Dim Bulbs, ace their State Reading Assessment. With Jeff and Wiley at each other's throats and the class busy reading everything from Dr. Seuss to War and Peace, it stands to reason that both the nickname tradition and Jeff and Wiley's friendship are threatened.
Student's will enjoy Korman's affable characters, and identify with their concerns. This novel may be used to prompt discussions on conflict resolution or working as a team.