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Happyface – Stephen Emond

Posted by Laura on July 21, 2010

Happyface, written and illustrated by Stephen Emond, is the sketch book of a teen boy who is having a seriously bad year.

His parents drink and fight a lot, his brother is in college and isn’t particularly happy when he comes home for holidays, and his best friend is a girl he would really like to date.  Our “hero” soldiers on in his journal, but then there is a change.  His parents are separated, he and his mom move from their house and live in a small apartment in another town.  This means that he changes schools.

Now is the time for him to change his attitude and see if life is better that way.  He puts on a smile at school and things do change.  He is given the name Happyface and he starts making friends.  But, nothing really changes.   A smile can hide a lot.

If you are looking for a light, happy-go-lucky read, this is not the book for you.  The journal is heavily illustrated and the story moves at a pretty good clip.  Questions arise and are eventually answered.   What questions?   Why did Happyface and his mother move?  Where is his brother and why doesn’t his father talk to him anymore?  What is with his best friend?  Hmm?


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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw – Jeff Kinney

Posted by Laura on March 2, 2009

Greg is back in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw.

Poor Greg not only has to share late evening T.V. watching with his mom and younger brother, but he is forced to participate in sports.   (Do you agree with his thoughts on Shel Silverstein?)

And going to a sleepover with his friend Rowley doesn’t give Greg the chance to see the cute girl down the block,  but what can a wimpy kid do?

For information about the author and more information about the series (like book 4 is coming out October 2009), go to the official Diary of a Wimpy Kid website.

I was just digging around on his site and saw that he had originally published the first book online at Funbrain.com and it is still there.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid : Greg Heffley’s Journal – Jeff Kinney

Posted by Laura on June 25, 2008

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal is a funny quick read.  And it is nominated for the Teens Top Ten list this year.  As the cover says, it is a novel in cartoons.  And, hey, it is not a diary. It is a journal.  I wonder why it says “diary” on the cover.  Hmm.

Greg writes about a bunch of things that happen during a full year at middle school.  I am just going to leave you with two things:  1) stay away from the cheese on the basketball court and 2) keep your eye out for the second book in the series Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules.

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Stuff: The Life of a Cool Demented Dude – Jeremy Strong

Posted by Laura on September 10, 2007

Here is a funny boy coming of age book, interspersed with drawings and a serial comic strip.

Life is rough when your dad’s girlfriend moves into the house with her teenage daughter who happens to be the same age that you are. What is almost worse is the enormous angora rabbit that hates men. Don’t expect to walk through the house unscathed. There is also a bit about how not to prepare a bubble bath. I couldn’t help but laugh at the result.

Here is the book‘s summery, “Fourteen-year-old Simon, known as Stuff, struggles with his new stepfamily, tries to avoid a giant attack rabbit, hopes to break up with his girlfriend and connect with a new one, and creates cartoons of “Punykid’s battle with drooling dorkoids.””

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