Tashjian, Janet My Life as a Book, cartoons by Jake Tashjian, 224 pgs. MacMillan (Henry Holt), 2010. $17.99. Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.
12-year-old Derek Fallon doesn’t want to read his summer reading book. Oh, he likes to read comic books, but reading books just isn’t fun. Now, his parents are sending him to “learning camp” for the summer. But when Derek finds a newspaper article about a girl who drowned 10 years ago, his curiosity gets the better of him and he starts reading more. And then a counselor at learning camp teaches Derek to see the pictures in his mind. Maybe reading isn’t so bad afterall.
Delightfully illustrated with stick figures to represent the vocabulary words, this quick read will entertain even your most reluctant readers.
EL, MS - ADVISABLE