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Monday, March 7, 2011

Mom and Me Mondays: The Loser List by H.N. Kowitt

The Loser List
by H.N. Kowitt
Scholastic Press
ISBN: 978-0-545-24004-8
Suggested Age: 8-12 (I would say 10 - 13 but that's just my suggestion)

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Description: Diary of a Wimpy Kid watch out -- Danny Shine and the other kids of Thorn Underwood Middle School aren't bestsellers yet, but they're on their way! When Danny gets caught trying to cross his name off the "Geek" list in the girls' bathroom, he's sent to detention. Bullies torment him mercilessly -- until they discover that Danny can draw. He enjoys his new "bad boy" status, supplying tattoos and graffiti, until he's unknowingly drawn into a theft. Turns out the bullies took a comic book from Danny's favorite store. Can he steal it back before they get caught -- and break off with the bullies before he gets in too deep?

Jake's Review:  I really liked the illustrations and the way the book looks like it is journal.  I think the book is more suited for an older boy who likes girls, because I thinks girls are gross.  I think it's cool that he gets to go to comic book stores all the time.  The book is funny but I think mom thought it was funnier because she kept snorting while reading it. I didn't like the bullies because they were really mean and they took advantage of Danny and stole stuff.  I would like to read more books like this but with less stuff about liking icky girls. 
Jake's Rating: 8/10

Mom's Review: I really enjoyed this one. I actually think I liked it better than Jake did. It made me laugh my head off (again proud of myself for not using colorful language when reviewing kids books) on many occasions.  The book really comes off like it was written by a 12 year old boy (impressive since it is written by a women) and I think will really resonate with the intended audience.  I love these types of books and wish they had them when my hubby was growing up, than he might have actually have learned to like books.  These are great for reluctant readers and those growing out of chapter books but not quite ready for novels.  The illustrations add a lot to the story without being too distracting.  Moral of book done in a brilliant non mushy way so that kids don't realize they are being taught something.   I loved on the Loser List where the one boy is put on the list just because he is Canadian --hmm still sensitive Americans about us sending you packing in 1812 -- just joking guys you know I love you.  I also liked the set up of the book so it looks like it is being written in a notebook.   I usually don't do quotes when I am doing Mom and Me Mondays -- but I just had to share this one with you 

"In comics, you find a world that's wild and weird, but where the rules are very clear - unlike middle school.  Superman knows he can't mess with Kryptonite.  My school is weird too, but there's no rule book. You just have to stumble through, hoping you're not committing some crime you were unaware of - wearing the wrong sneakers, say, or liking bluegrass music."

Mom's Rating: 9.5/10

We received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review

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