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Backpack Stories Hardcover – September 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 450L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807505048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807505045
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,791,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2–4—This title will appeal to students because of its combination of silliness and colorfully graphic comic-book-style illustrations. Comprised of four short stories, each involving a backpack, the collection opens with a spoof, "History Man," on the origins of the backpack with a humorous time line that spans from the age of the caveman to the 21st century. In "Volcano," a science experiment goes awry with nasty results. A young girl transforms from Ordinary Ashley to "Jet: Super Backpack Girl" to combat disaster with the help of her backpack. In the final entry, "Day of the Living Backpack," the satchel appears to devour everything in its path and causes problems for its owner. O'Malley once again proves that he has a keen appreciation for the funny bones of his intended audience. Children will make room in their backpacks for this creative tribute to an object that has become an essential part of their everyday lives.—Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA END


"Ordinary backpacks get humorous treatment in four brief stories, told in sequential art, that make good use of puns and tropes from comic books, TV and movies." Publishers Weekly

"A tongue-in-cheek history of backpacks from prehistory to the 21st century kicks off O'Malley's comics-inspired collection of four short tales....A pleasing diversion for anyone who's ever lugged a zillion-pound backpack." Kirkus Reviews

"[T]he simple pleasure of the snarky take on an all-too-familiar burden." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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More About the Author

Illustrator Kevin O'Malley has written and illustrated a number of books, including "Little Buggy Runs Away" and the Miss Malarkey books by Judy Finchler. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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By cbn on February 6, 2013
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Like new. My 7 year old son loves it very much. He carries it around the house for weeks now.
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The common thread in all four stories in this collection is a backpack. Kevin O'Malley gets to show off the range of his illustrating talents -- each story has its own style.

It's a giggle-making book. My kids like "Day of the Living Backpack" the best.
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