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|Age Level: 7 - 11||Grade Level: 3 - 6|
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More About the Author
Since then she has barely stopped writing stories and while her taste in jokes may not have improved, she likes to think that her storytelling skills have.
After graduating with a degree in Children's Literature, Sally has been busy writing and working as a primary teacher, in both Australia and the UK, where she has endless classes of children to test out her stories on.
She now lives in Melbourne and when she's not writing, you can find her teaching, running long distances, drinking chai lattes, reading children's books and scouring the paper for unlikely news articles to turn into exciting fiction. She also bakes a mean gluten free cupcake and has never exploded her kitchen cooking any popping finger buns.
Sally loves animals, including penguins, and if she can't have one of those as a pet, a dog would be the next best thing.
Her first book, the chuckleworthy Diary of a Penguin-napper was released in November 2012. Ruby Marvellous is her second book will be available in November 2013.
Top Customer Reviews
This is very close to being a perfect middle grade book. Our hero has to deal with all of the usual middle grade mishegoss, but everything is better when you add a stolen penguin.
More importantly, this book has a tremendous likeability quotient. There is no sourness, no ironic asides, no weary dismissals, no meanness. There are a lot of books out there that have their funny moments or snappy dialogue or cutting observations, but they are usually hobbled by some element, (a character, a plot development, some bit of business), that is so sour or mean or creepy that it detracts from the overall enjoyment of the book. (I think the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series is so successful because it too avoids these pitfalls.)
Here, our hero Marty is a beleaguered, decent, funny and engaging character for whom we are happy to root. He has a real air of authenticity, and never feels like the creation of some adult who is trying to fake a middle grade sensibility. Everyone around him - best mate Trudman, his Mom, teachers, the girl of his dreams -has character and personality, rather than just being a type. (Ms. Harris seems to have the same easy ability to create authentic young characters as does Frank Cottrell Boyce, the honored British young adult writer.) And, everything is surrounded by subtle little observations and grace notes that enhance the integrity of and the portrayal of Marty's middle grade world.
So, in a world where truly entertaining and engaging middle grade fiction is at a premium, this is a very happy find.
The second thing that grabbed me about this book was the great story. My hat is off to the author.
It's one of those tales where a small thing in itself (the need to go to a camp) leads from one event to the next, like a snowball. From the title, you already know that there is a penguin involved. Well, that penguin is central to the story but it isn't the main focus.
The story follows the antics of Marty, who along with his best friend, Turds, embark on a simple journey to find a way for Marty to go to an overnight school excursion. That sounds simple enough ... well, it's not that easy. One thing leads to another, and much of the tale is how the kids solve the problem that they've caused while they've been trying to solve the previous problem. Lack of attention to detail in their planning, contributes to their woes. As I said, it's like a snowball that grows as it rolls.
I'm not going to fill this review with spoilers so you'll need to read the book for yourself to get any more details. But I will say that the bank scene was hilarious and written so well that the awkwardness between the characters burst from the pages.
My favourite lines are:
I freeze. I don't really want to give her my real name in case the whole thing backfires. I scan the nearby pamphlets.
"Mr Investment," I say, picking the first word that I can see that might be a surname. I could hardly pick Mr Money Manager or Mr Business Banking, now could I?
My bottom line: This is a funny, entertaining tale of two boys, a girl, and a penguin that made me laugh plenty of times. I recommend this to anyone who would like a read that makes them chuckle at the awkward circumstances kids can bring upon themselves. As a parent, I'll be on the lookout
I thought this book was absolutely adorable and hilarious! Love, love, loved it! My stepson is really excited to read it too. This is the story of how a penguin ended up in Marty's bathroom and you get to go along for the adventure. I would have to ask my stepson if this book is anything like The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, I haven't read them but he has read them all and loves them. It includes snippets from Mary's diary throughout the book which are really funny.
This book was so cute and a lot of fun to read, even for an adult. I know that kids would LOVE this! I would definitely recommend this book! It will show you EXACTLY how much trouble one little penguin can cause.
I would recommend the book to middle school kids and anyone who loves humor like the Diary of a wimpy kid series, and I hope someday to see more from this author in my classroom.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just love this book and the penguin seemed scared and I think the fact that they call trudman turds this is a funny book and I recommend it!!!Published 8 months ago by chris collins
A fun tale about a couple of kids, Marty and Turds, told through the diary readings (although he doesn't call it that) of Marty who has just got busted by his mother for the theft... Read morePublished 14 months ago by James N Simpson
It was a really funny book. the only problem was it's way too short they need to make a second.Published 17 months ago by rapper75
This is one of my favorite books ever! The author gives do much detail! It's funny, witty, and it's just a great book.Published 17 months ago by Courtney rosenstadt
ugh give me a time to get some rest and relax with my dad said it is I am a time of day is the ugly truth to get to dance in I don't want me too lol no I'm at home now but it will... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bruno Paiva
Well, we are not exactly talking crime of the century, but for two eleven year olds named Marty Finn and Scot Trudman, the penguin caper was a big deal. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Barbara Mojica
A lighthearted look into the thought processes of 7th graders, one of whom, Marty Finn, is offered the opportunity to make more than enough money needed for a school trip by... Read morePublished 18 months ago by BUNNYBEAR
5/5 love it is romance action and funny and has lots of suspenseful moments that make it worth while. Awesome bookPublished 19 months ago by Lidie Melin Green