10:The Big One-Oh – Dean Pitchford

This is a book aimed squarely at the 8-12 year old boy niche. Part gross and disgusting, part humour, part revenge of the loser; it hits the mark. Charley Maplewood is turning 10. Thanks to a inappropriately timed birthday greeting, he decides it really is time for him to have a birthday party. The complication is he has no friends. It’s a shame the publisher didn’t see fit to add some drawings, a la Judy Blume’s Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing or Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I believe pictures by someone like Quentin Blake would take this book from very good to terrific.  Still it’s an engaging read worth adding to a K-8 collection.
Happy Birthday Candles on Angel Foods Cake
Rating  #1 (Highly Recommended) #2 ✓#3 #4 (Not acceptable)

Interest Level: grades 3+  Reading Level: 5

Curriculum Area: Language Arts

Themes/Topics: growing up, friendship, fitting in, family

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