Author:  Chris McMahen    Copyright Date:    2007
happiest boy alive
Arlo is moving from Victoria, BC into the Interior, East Bend, BC.  He is not happy.  Chris McMahen writes a story about the trials and tribulations of adjusting to rural hockey culture for the city boy.  Klutzhood is a slapstick account of Arlo’s school arrival and adjustment.  I expect it would be appealing to boys and particularly boys who love hockey.  I found Arlo annoying but perhaps this is because I see the story from the mother’s point of view.  At times, Chris seemed to be adding a brainstorm of indignities to his character’s experience which I found excessive.  It might have been more effective to limit the list but extend the explanation of each incident.  This brainstorm effect was mostly evident on Arlo’s first day or two of school but improved as the story progressed.  Not a personal favourite but I believe it might have kid appeal.  I’ll be sending it to some boys at my school for review.

CM Review

Publisher Review

Rating: #1(Highly Recommended)  #2    ✓    #3         #4 (not acceptable)

Interest Level:  Grade 4-6    Reading Level:  Grade 5

Curriculum Area: Language Arts

Theme(s) Topic(s):  Fitting in, Hockey, moving

This book would be suitable for:    ✓ Lit Circles  ✓  Kit Materials (maybe) Read-Aloud (Gr.) 4-6

Diamond Willow nominee 2009


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