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Anastasia Krupnik Hardcover – October 24, 1979

4.4 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
Book 1 of 9 in the Anastasia Krupnik Series

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Ages 8-12. The first and best book in the very popular series describes the ups and downs of a precocious ten-year-old girl. Anastasia loves keeping lists of important information in her green notebook; when she discovers that her mother is pregnant, she instantly adds two new items to her "things I hate" list: "My parents" and "babies." But as the year passes, Anastasia finds that the items on her lists keep moving around; by the time her baby brother is born, the only thing left to hate is liver. An unusually warm, insightful and original portrait of childhood and family life, this is a special and memorable story. Horn Book called Anastasia "an amusing and engaging heroine" and The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books wrote, "the whole book is a delight." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"The well-turned phrase amuses, and the unexpected turn of events surprises in a plot that is tightly strung." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 7
  • Hardcover: 114 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 5th or later Edition edition (1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395286298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395286296
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Richard Wible on December 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
I read "Anastasia Krupnik: Being ten is no laughing matter," by Lois Lowry, to assist my daughter with her 7th grade language arts assignment. The book was very well written and enjoyable to read.

The story is set in Boston, Massachusetts, where ten-year-old Anastasia is struggling with an identity crisis, eccentric parents, and the pain of growing up an only child in a secular household. Her father is an English professor who writes poetry and her mother is an artist who forgets to do the laundry, which is why they both wear socks that don't match. Anastasia writes a poem without rhyme or meter and reads it to her class, but her teacher doesn't appreciate modern poetry; she gives her an "F" and tells her to follow the rules when writing poems. She has an on-again, off-again crush on a boy who doesn't like her, a grandmother who can't remember her name due to the onset of dementia, and a baby brother soon to be born: even her goldfish "blurps" at her from within the confines of its bowl.

At one point Anastasia decides to become Catholic, so she can change her name, but she soon changes her mind when she learns that stealing cupcakes from her friend is a sin and she will have to confess her sins to become a Catholic. Anastasia chronicles the significant events of her life in a green notebook, listing things she loves in one column and things she hates in another. Sometimes the things she hates become the things she loves and vice versa. By the end of the story, there remains only one item on the list of things she hates - liver - but the list of things she loves is long. The story is told with humorous effect, even though some of the things that happen are sad.
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Format: Paperback
One of the major moments in my childhood came when I read that Myron Krupnik kept his poetry manuscripts in the crisper drawer of the fridge so they wouldn't burn in a fire. My father (also a poet, also an English professor) did the exact same thing. I vaguely remember jumping up and down on my bed and wanting to move to Boston.

Buy these for your child, even if you're not a poet. They're wonderful.
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By A Customer on January 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for kids. I wouldn't say it's the best in the series, but it is really well-written. It ranks right up there with the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary and the Fudge books by Judy Blume. I had never heard of the Anastasia books until recently, when I bought a bunch of them at a used bookstore. I wish I had known about them when I was a child. I would have loved them. The Anastasia books are great to analyze for character development, which I like to do because I am also a writer. Even her parents are great characters! The only thing that bothers me about this book is the way it deals with another race. Honestly, it enforces a stereotype that makes blacks look really stupid. So, if you are African-American, it may irk you. Even though it is sort of a mild slur, it did bother me a little bit, even though I am not black. Overall, though, it was a good book, and it really makes you want to read more of them.
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Format: Paperback
I first read this book at the age of eight, and over the years I collected each one as they came out. This was a series I read and reread. I am now saving these books for my daughter-who, by the way,I named Anastasia. Anastasia Krupnik is a wonderful character who will always warm my heart. Lois Lowry created a gem.
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This book was okay. I personally prefer more than one plot. Anastasia is a 10 year old girl who is struggling with her parents who are having a child. This book shows a young girl going through lots of changes. Some pros of this book are it is very relatable because Anastasia is a regular, 10 year old girl. Also, she has a younger sibling which is similar to me and many other kids. Lastly, overall the book Is a good difficulty level for 5th grade readers. Some cons of this book are Anastasia is sometimes very negative and wants to move out of her home. Another con is there is really only one plot. The last con is there is not enough characters in my opinion. I would recommend this book to other young girls who are around Anastasia's age.
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I chose this book at a bookstore sometime around 1988 or so because my parents refused to buy me any Sweet Valley books and because I liked the name Anastasia. This series was a favorite for years and since I have a cousin about the same age now, I've been rereading the books and they still hold up enough to share.

Though this is a children's book and the writing is not overly complex, the stories are mature enough to be interesting to an older reader as well. I particularly enjoyed Anastasia's parents, even more so when I read the books as an adult-- I thought my parents were great but if I had to choose fictional parents, it would have been the Krupniks, no question, and I hoped to be a parent like them someday.

It surprises me these books aren't better known. Definitely worth the investment.
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Just as funny and strikingly poignant as I remembered, and then some. Yes, there is some mild swearing and alcohol consumption (by adults), but this is really a rather tame YA read by today's standards. A really refreshingly lovely blast-from-the-past. Anastasia is a very straight-forward "tell it like it is" budding personality. She and her parents have a wonderful, open dialogue in much of the book. They encourage her to think for herself. This book has stood the test of time rather well and Lowry's introductory foreward is insightful.
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