Synopses & Reviews
Summers finally here, and Derek Fallon is looking forward to pelting the UPS truck with water balloons, climbing onto the garage roof, and conducting silly investigations. But when his parents decide to send him to Learning Camp, Dereks dreams of fun come to an end. Ever since hes been labeled a “reluctant reader,” his mom has pushed him to read “real” books—something other than his beloved Calvin & Hobbes.
As Derek forges unexpected friendships and uncovers a family secret involving himself (in diapers! no less), he realizes that adventures and surprises are around the corner, complete with curve balls. My Life as a Book is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
“Janet Tashjian, known for her young adult books, offers a novel thats part Diary of a Wimpy Kid
(2007), part intriguing mystery; yet the best element here is really the first-person voice, which captures so completely the pushes and pulls in the life of someone with learning disabilities. . . . Give this to kids who think they dont like reading. It might change their minds.”—Booklist
, Starred Review
“A kinder, gentler Wimpy Kid with all the fun and more plot.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“Sure to engage fans of Jeff Kinneys Diary of a Wimpy Kid books (Abrams) as well as those looking for a spunky, contemporary boy with a mystery to solve.”—School Library Journal
“[The] illustrations, drawn by Tashjians 14-year-old son, Jake, are quite clever.”—Publishers Weekly
“My Life as a Book is a fabulous, fast-paced choice for reluctant and avid readers alike.”—BookPage
“Cartoon drawings by the authors teenaged son decorate the margins and not only re-create Dereks illustrated vocabulary lists but also reduce the amount of text on each page, making the book more approachable for kids like Derek. Derek tells readers, ‘If my life were a book, Id have my own cool adventures. It is, and he does.”—The Horn Book
“This book is visually appealing to reluctant readers and shows that all kinds of stories can surprise us.”—Chicago Tribune
"Harkraderand#8217;s newest underdog story has strong pacing and is filled with a memorable cast of adolescent eccentrics...the pursuit of individual creativity while recognizing the benefits of teamwork leads to an eminently satisfying conclusion."
Derek Fallon has trouble sitting still and reading. But creating cartoons of his vocabulary words comes easy. If only life were as simple!
Summers finally here, and Derek Fallon is looking forward to pelting the UPS truck with water balloons, climbing onto the garage roof, and conducting unusual investigations. But when Dereks parents get tired of cleaning up after his “fun,” they decide to send him to Learning Camp. His entire summer is ruined! Until Derek starts digging into a family secret involving himself (in diapers! no less), and he realizes that this summer may not be so bad after all. . . .
For fans of Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, this sequel toand#160;The Adventures of Beanboyand#160;combines comic illustrations, a small-town bully facing off against a budding artist, and a rousing, decisive game of dodgeball.
For fans of Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, this sequel toand#160;The Adventures of Beanboyand#160;combines comic illustrations, a small-town bully facing off against a budding artist, and a rousing, decisive game of dodge ball.
Perfect for kids transitioning between graphic novel and traditional books, this funny and action-packed sequel toand#160;The Adventures of Beanboyand#160;follows the quirky but likeable Tucker MacBean in his quest to make artandmdash;and himselfandmdash;seem cool in seventh grade.
About the Author
JANET TASHJIAN is the author of many popular novels including The Gospel According to Larry, Fault Line
, and Tru Confessions
. She lives with her family in Los Angeles, California.
JAKE TASHJIAN has been drawing pictures of his vocabulary words since he was a kid (he’s now fourteen). Janet and Jake’s next collaboration, My Life as a Stuntboy, will be available from Henry Holt in October 2011.