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What You Need to Know:
• This is a really interesting book, it is written by a ten year old - for real!.
• It is a compilation of comic strips, not really a graphic novel, think Far Side for kids. Wry, witty depictions of real life,
   especially interesting to a the 8-10 yr old set.
• We have placed it in our Reader JR reading level, just remember it is probably best for a slightly older audience
   (2/3rd grade and up) because of the humor. Younger kids just won't "get" it.
• If you're not interested in comic book type texts for your kids, at least buy or borrow this from your library to show
   your children that a ten year old has been published, and this isn't even her first book! How cool is that?
• I am from the school of thought reading is reading is reading. Any kind of reading is going to make them a better
   reader, not just the hard stuff. Let them read the comics, a magazine, the cereal box sometimes.
• This would be particularly good to put in an obvious spot for your disinterested reader to pick up and just ingest
   some text, or when your voracious reader just wants an easy read during breakfast!
Sweet Book Summary:
Grown-Ups are Dumb (No Offense) is a book of comics. Not a graphic novel, just a book of different comic strips, written by a ten year old girl! Kitchen writes and draws about things kids do everyday and things they like to complain about like cleaning their room, dealing with younger siblings, homework, etc. She has a few different characters inhabiting different strips. For example, there is Hurricane Abby, who looks like a bedeviled baby sister and Kathy Ford, the exasperated big sister - "will trade brother for cash". Kitchen touches on all issues near and dear to our children's hearts. You - the adult - may not find these comics to be the wittiest stuff ever, but kids will enjoy being validated, especially from a peer author. Think about all those times the kids make up knock-knock jokes, and they fall on the floor laughing at how funny they are and you try really hard to laugh. You may have that same reaction to this book (I did, a little), but they are going to love it.
Author: Alexa Kitchen Illustrator: Alexa Kitchen Published: 2009, 96 pages
Themes: Humor, Growing Up, Feelings
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Lunch Lady, Jared J. Krosoczka
This review was written by: Melissa Y.
 

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