Justin Case: Rules, Tools, and Maybe a Bully

Justin Case Series (Volume 3)

Rachel Vail, illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Feiwel & Friends

Justin Case made it through third grade and summer camp in the previous two books. Now he’s in fourth grade, and there’s even more to worry about: friends, bullies, grades, tests—and did we say bullies?

Once again, Rachel Vail and Matthew Cordell bring to life all the worries and triumphs of elementary school life, in diary form. Fans will relate to Justin and his adventures.


Praise for Justin Case: Rules, Tools, and Maybe a Bully

"In his third outing, Justin faces the beginning of fourth grade with his usual trepidation . . . Silly line drawings by Cordell are inserted throughout and do much to lighten the tone and reinforce the humor." - Booklist

“This honest and heartfelt look at elementary school is illustrated with occasional doodles that perfectly suit the book and audience.” Kidsville News

"Justin Case, the new novel by Rachel Vail, might well be subtitled the wit and wisdom of a third-grade worrywart.  By turns droll, sardonic, ironic, and even sophisticated, it chronicles the daily tribulations of life in the third-grade as told by its eponymous hero, who in the course of his school year discovers there is no heroism unless there is fear.  And fear Justin has a-plenty, be it of his new dog Qwerty, his new teacher, sports, math, friends, jiggly Jell-O—or what ever—a lot comes his way, real and imagined.  The writing is sharp, unpredictably clever, and establishes third-grade as a mine-field of the absurd--which is to say, real life."—Avi, Newbery Medalist

"Vail employs easy, direct language in a rhythm and syntax that captures the essence of a charming, lovable and very believable boy. Readers transitioning to longer fiction will groan, sympathize and laugh out loud in delight. Absolutely marvelous. " Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Rachel Vail, illustrated by Matthew Cordell

  • Rachel Vail is the author of numerous novels and picture books, including Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters, Justin Case: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom, and Piggy Bunny. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.
    Matthew Cordell's
    most recent books for Feiwel and Friends are Another Brother and Trouble Gum, which he wrote and illustrated. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife, author Julie Halpern, and their children.  
  • Rachel Vail
    Rachel Vail
  • Matthew Cordell


Available Formats and Book Details

Justin Case: Rules, Tools, and Maybe a Bully

Justin Case Series

Rachel Vail, illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, Tennessee Intermediate Volunteer State Book Award Master Lis, South Carolina Children's Book Award Master List, Kentucky Blue Grass Award Master List, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year


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