Kate DiCamillo, Jeff Kinney, David Lubar, Adam Rex, David Yoo, Mac Barnett, Eoin Colfer,
Christopher Paul Curtis, Paul Feig, Jack Gantos
Harper Collins, 2010 (audiobook Walden Pond)
I gave this book 4 out of 5 Stars on GoodReads
I am not sure it's fair for me to rate this book, given the
audience is more like 5th grade boys; however, having raised four sons, I
feel like I have a pretty good grip on what amuses them: gross stuff?
CHECK. bodily harm to friends? CHECK. Brotherly scheming? Payback?
Superheroes? CHECK. All told by eight outstanding authors in ten short
This book has all the necessary elements to entertain
young males -- the intended audience, and I did enjoy listening to them
with a variety of narrators. I found myself chuckling out loud in
several stories, but more than the laughs, I found some surprising
poignancy. My favorite stories (YOUR QUESTION FOR AUTHOR HERE, ARTEMIS
BEGINS)and another (UNACCOMPANIED MINORS)probably have more appeal to
adults, as they seem more reflections on childhood.
I don't think
most of the stories are ROFL level, but they will entertain and
possibly get that reluctant reader to try another book. And THAT is the
point of the book.
Parents be advised that there is LOTS of
gross-out stuff in this book, both physically and emotionally abusive
adults, bad behavior and poor role models, and violence. All of which
means boys 9-11 will LOVE it.
This audio book was downloaded free of charge as part of AudioBookSync Summer 2012 promotion.