I read this book a couple of years ago when it came out and just remember loving the fun of it! Since then I have recommended it to many friends who have kids (boys especially) who are coming out of the Wimpy Kid series. While Scholastic gives it a reading level of 4, I definitely think that the majority of third grade readers will be read for it. It's bigger text and space between lines makes it one of those books that looks longer than it really is - the result - a great sense of accomplishment for the emerging reader!
The story begins with Griffin Bing, "the Man With the Plan", who is spending the night in a decrepit house that will be torn down the following day. He wakes in the middle of the night to notice that while the rest of the house has been emptied, there is one remaining piece of furniture - a desk. He leaves his friend sleeping on the floor and goes to examine this desk - what he discovers is one little card that looks really old. On it is a drawing of a baseball player and above the drawing it says "George Herman (Babe) Ruth" He wonders if the card is valuable and goes to check it out the following day with his friend, Ben.
The two visit Palomino's Emporium of Collectibles and Memorabilia in hopes of making a fortune selling the card. Mr. Palomino, however, tells them that the card is worth about $100 - he bargains with them and ends up giving them $120. Which probably would have been the end of it, if Palomino didn't show up on the news the next day, telling the world he had obtain a very rare and valuable Babe Ruth baseball card - one worth about one million dollars.
"The Man With the Plan" is not going to sit back after being swindled. He devises a plan with the help of his friends, to get his card back. No security system, intimidating guard dog, or swindling shop owner are going to stand in his way! And so the fun begins.
3rd - 5th grade