Friday, May 25, 2012

Planet Tad - Tim Carvell

Tad has five new years resolutions: 1. start a blog, 2. finish seventh grade, 3. figure out how to do a kick flip on his skateboard, 4. get girls to notice him, and 5. finally start shaving.  He has got one resolution done by starting his blog.  Whether is listening to his younger sister practice for her oboe recital, being partnered with the co-captain of the field hockey team to take care of an egg for health class, helping his sister rehearse the part of Gretel for her play, playing the part of Hansel in the play because the kid who was going to play Hansel got sick, asking a girl to the Valentine's day dance, starting to grow a mustache and then using styling foam to shave, or making a volcano for the science fair (along with twelve other students).  Tad is just a regular kid trying to navigate his way through seventh grade and then eighth grade next year, and trying not to embarrass himself in the process.  In some instances embarrassment does get him noticed, but not in the way he wanted to be.  Does Tad make all five of his resolutions?  You will have to read his blog to find out.

I was laughing from page one of this book, and continued laughing throughout.  This has got to be the funniest book I have read.  It even has the mood Tad is in at the top of each blog entry, which makes you want to read the entry to see why he is embarrassed, confused, Jedi-ish, amused, or monkeyish among many other moods he is from day to day.  It was a nice departure from the vampire, dystopian, and zombie books I was reading before this one.  Any book that takes a dig at Twilight, references Harry Potter, talks about Battlestar Galactica (the newer series), and references Star Trek The Next Generation gets a thumbs up from me.


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