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Monday, June 28, 2010

Mom and Me Mondays (Scholastic Edition): The Amazing World of Stuart by Sara Pennypacker

The Amazing World of Stuart: Stuart's Cape & Stuart Goes to School
by Sara Pennypacker
Illustrated by Martin Matje
Scholastic Inc
ISBN: 978-0-545-17842-6
128 Pages
Suggested Reading: Ages 7 - 10 (Grade 2-5)

Description: In Stuart's Cape, Stuart and his flaky family have just moved to town, and there's plenty to worry about. Stuart is very good at worrying, but not so good at waiting. Impatient for an adventure, he makes himself a cape out of a hundred old ties, and from then on, he has one preposterous adventure after another. In Stuart Goes to School, Stuart is living in a new town, going to a new school, and has not yet made any friends. He has plenty to worry about. Luckily Stuart has his magical cape. Can he control the adventures his cape creates in order to impress his classmates, or will he become the laughing stock of the whole third grade?

Jake's Review: Mom this Stuart kid is sort of like a human Scaredy Squirrel (By Melanie Watt). I think he even gets more nervous than I do.  I liked all of the funny pictures and the story made me laugh a lot.  My favorite part was when the cat switched bodies with the garbage man. I also liked that he didn't want to go to school because he wasn't sure if he could make friends.  I think my friend Benjamin would like this book and I hope you will get me more Stuart books. You aren't giving this away to anyone are you, I want to take my time reading it again without you nagging me.

Jake's Rating: 8/10

Mom's Review: Yo Jake, this kid remind you of anybody?  Stuart is a lovely sensitive, imaginative little kid with some serious anxiety issues -- and for you that know Jake, you can see why I loved this book.  The stories will be very appealing to boys, especially to those who have some anxiety issues. They will see themselves as Stuart and it might help them deal with some of their anxiety. The secondary characters are very secondary which is my only issue with the book, I would like to see them developed a little more -- especially the delightfully wacky  Aunt Bubbles.  I love some of the quirky things that Stuart comes up with and his relationship with some of the new neighbors is quite entertaining. This would be a perfect book for a classroom library and should definitely be included in all grade school libraries -- hint hint James Bolton Public School.

"Stuart was very good at worrying. He was not so good at waiting" describes my little boy to a T -- and if we have to be honest here -- sort of describes mom as well.

Mom's Rating: 9/10

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