Synopses & Reviews
A book for the Wimpy Kid who has grown into a Wimpy Teen
Larkin Pace desperately wants a new camcorder. How else is he going to become the next great filmmaker? But his dad won’t give him any money, his sister is determined to make his life miserable, and his nemesis Dalton Cooke is trying to steal his girlfriend. Now this height-challenged aspiring director must chronicle his wacky life for a freshman English assignment.
"The problem with Detorie's strip One Big Happy has long been a hard one to overcome: it's just not that funny. This issue is handily dealt with in his refreshingly vivid and approachable YA illustrated novel, which strives for only the occasional chuckle and is more interested in telling the story of one very driven 14-year-old. Larkin Pace and his classmates must keep a weekly 'notebook blog,' the results compiled in Detorie's book, where Larkin rags on his parents, obsesses over his best friend Brooke (who he'd now like as a girlfriend), binges on film quotes (his dad is a film studies professor), and divulges his complicated scheme for becoming a Hollywood impresario by age 16. Detorie's sketchy illustrations punctuate a story told with an easy, self-deprecating humor steeped in adolescent modernity without overdoing the slang and up-to-the-minute references. While many of Larkin's nemeses are standard issue (annoying sister, omnipresent bully), his voice manages to be good-natured and assured without the addition of arrogance. Ages 12 up. (Apr.) Board and concept books to nurture an early love of reading." Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
About the Author
In addition to his syndicated comic strip “One Big Happy,” Rick Detorie has been art director for an ad agency, a freelance cartoonist, and the author of several adult humor books. His freelance cartoons have appeared in Saturday Review, Saturday Evening Post, TV Guide, and National Lampoon. He lives in Venice, California.