It has been my experience that my son, who is a reluctant reader, likes a certain type of book. Of all the series books out there, he consistently reads The Dairy of a Wimpy Kids books by Jeff Kinney. So, I am on the hunt for similar type books for reluctant readers – books about boys in school, funny books with some sketching in them to keep my little reluctant reader interested. This is what parents of reluctant readers have to do. Get their hands on material that their kids will like, whether it be books, or magazines, even comics – as long as they are reading, that is what counts! That’s where these two books come in! The Brilliant World of Tom Gates has everything I am looking for in a book for Ryan. Written for 3rd through 7th graders, it has cartoons, sketches and it is funny. In fact, it is the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize! This happens to also be a best selling U.K. series that is making its way over here to the U.S. I think my 5th grader will love it!
The Brilliant World of Tom Gates
Meet Tom Gates. When his teachers don’t have their beady eyes on him, he likes to draw pictures and write about stuff, like last summer’s worst camping vacation ever (five merits!), or how much he hates sitting next to nosy Marcus Meldrew, the most annoying boy at school. All Tom really wants is to score tickets to see the best band ever, Dude3, when they come to town, and to impress Amy Porter, who is very nice and smart (but is currently ignoring him). Tom’s teachers think he is easily distracted and “lacks focus,” but that’s a bit harsh — can he help it if his grumpy big sister, Delia, made him late for school (again), or that last night’s homework had to be sacrificed to stave off a vicious dog attack? Master of excuses, creative storyteller, and middle-school comedian extraordinaire, Tom Gates is guaranteed to get kids turning the pages — and keep them laughing.
- suggested retail price (U.S.): $12.99 Please visit Candlewick Press to Buy It Now.
- on sale date: 08/2014
- grade range: Grade 3 – Grade 7
- subjects: Family; Imagination & Play; Performing Arts;
- type/format: Fiction – Illustrated Middle-grade / Hardback
About the Author
L. Pichon says that when she was little, she loved to draw, and her mom said she was very good at making a mess (this is still true today). She kept drawing, went to art school, became a designer and art director at Jive Records, and began to publish children’s books. After its publication in the U.K., The Brilliant World of Tom Gates won several prestigious awards, including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize, and the Blue Peter Book Award. L. Pichon lives in Brighton, England, with her family.
Next up, we have Timmy Failure: We Meet Again. This book has cartoon sketches and nice big print. It looks like I have chosen wisely! The author, Stephan Pastis is the creator of the two previous New York Times best selling books in this series! Timmy Failure Mistakes Were Made and Timmy Failure Now Look What You’ve Done. Who cares if we are out of sequence – that’s more books to read!
Timmy Failure: We Meet Again
His name is Failure. Timmy Failure. And his detective agency is on the verge of global domination. Global riches. Global fame. And yet the gods keep throwing him curveballs: for starters, academic probation. The coveted Miracle Report is the key to everything, including a good grade. It’s dirty business. It’s best you know nothing. But one thing is for sure: Timmy Failure will be triumphant again!
- suggested retail price (U.S./CAN): $14.99 / $14.99 Please visit Candlewick Press to Buy It Now.
- on sale date: 10/2014
- age range: 8 yrs – 12 yrs
- grade range: Grade 3 – Grade 7
- subjects: Fiction; Comics & Graphic Novels; Humorous Stories; Mysteries & Detective Stories;
About the Author
Stephan Pastis is the creator of the New York Times bestseller Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made and its first sequel, Timmy Failure: Now Look What You’ve Done, as well as Pearls Before Swine, an acclaimed comic strip that appears in more than seven hundred newspapers and boasts a devoted following. He lives in northern California.
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