The Worst Class Trip Ever: Book Review

May 17th, 2015 by

Some facts about the first time I looked at The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry:

  • I am (to the public, at least) an adult woman. A refined lady with proper manners, if you will.
  • I was at dinner in a restaurant. Other people were around. Everyone was eating.
  • I was with two other people, also grown-up ladies. They handed me the book. Here is the conversation that followed:

The Worst Class Trip Ever_Dave BarryThem: “What… do you think the thing at the top left is?”

Me: (Looks at the book cover. Thinks: Is that… a butt? A flying butt? Look up at them. They are looking at me as if I have the answer to the meaning of life.)

Them: “Well?”

Me: “Is it…” (Seriously, I don’t want to them to think I’m a weirdo, but…) “Is it… a BUTT? A butt kite?”

Them: “YES!” (Relieved laughter all around).

What followed was a not long, but not short either, conversation about whether or not the butt kite should be even bigger on the cover, and how awesomely hilarious this book with a butt kite on the cover is.

Spoiler alert: The butt kite makes only a very brief but key appearance in the book. I just wanted to mention “butt kite” as much as possible in this book review.

So… where was I? Right. It’s awesomely hilarious!

Eighth-grader Wyatt Palmer is on a class trip to Washington, D.C. It all seems pretty normal: His class is accompanied by two teachers, a few parent chaperones, and the students are supposed to be on their best behavior as “ambassadors representing Culver Middle School.” In other words: Don’t get in trouble or you’ll be sent home in disgrace.

On the flight to D.C., Wyatt is seated on the plane next to his best friend, Matt, and the class farter, Cameron, thinking of ways to talk to his mega-crush, Suzana. But then he and Matt notice two men with a mysterious bag, looking at suspicious photos of the White House. What follows is a madcap class trip involving:

  • Missiles and terrorist plots.
  • Vomit and disgusting food (but not necessarily related).
  • Subterfuge against teachers.
  • Being in cahoots with mega-crushes.
  • Kidnapping!
  • Kidnapping Rescue Attempts!!!
  • Attacking the President of the United States.
  • Avoiding being sent home, which would definitely lead to Wyatt being killed by his mom.

If you’re in the mood for a laugh-out-loud page turner, I recommend you go on The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry. It’ll be worth it. And if you’ve read it… leave a comment below and tell us what you think!

— Nancy

icon_nancyButt kite.


So glorious:



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