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Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters (Justin Case Series) Paperback – May 24, 2011
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Do you have a child who worries? I do. He's been worrying since he was two. I worry that his worrying will keep him from having fun, playing with other kids, and trying out for the swim team.
I think it's contagious.
I wish I had Rachel Vail's adorable book (Justin Case: School, Drool and other Daily Disasters), when my now-nearly-twelve worrier was entering third grade, as Justin does. Through a series of hilarious journal entries, we live the life of an eight year old worrier as he fends off rebellious stuffed animals, schemes to get a dog (even though he's terrified of them), and finds a way to survive the year without his best friend in his class. Along the way, he discovers that bravery means not letting your fears get in the way.
Content: gentle, fun book about life in third grade
I love the way this book allows kids to get inside the head of epic-worrier, Justin Case:
September 8, Tuesday
Tomorrow is the first day of third grade.
Mom said to focus on the bright side.
Well, Xavier Schwartz is not in my class this year. That's bright.
No. It's not helping. I'm still focusing on the dark side.
As well as bringing out the real-life triumphs of life as a third grader:
November 7, Saturday
Holy cannoli, I scored the winning goal in soccer today!
Dad picked me up and spun me around and around.
He thinks the extra practice somehow made the difference. I will never tell him that I was actually trying to pass the ball to Sam and just aimed it badly so it arced into the goal accidentally.
It is a secret I will keep as long as I live.
My twelve year old gamely read this book, but it really was a bit young for him.Read more ›
An excellent book for smart boys...especially for those smart boys who are unusually self-aware.
There is just so much heart mixed up in the humor, I truly didn't want it to end. End it did, though, so I finally passed it along to my long-suffering son -- who just now walked in and said, "go ahead and give me a bookmark, mom, I finished the first page and I can tell I'm going to love it."
And really, how could he not? Justin Case is a loyal friend, a sweet brother, a loving son, a good student, AND he somehow manages to be fantastically funny and sympathetic at the same time. Amazing.
Thank you Rachel Vail, and please write more!
But sometimes you want a thoughtful, deadpan narrator with great timing and a gee-whiz neurotic spin. I'm thinking young Woody Allen or Stephen Wright as third graders. In timing and pace I'm thinking young Dave Barry, or even Calvin Trillin or Nora Ephron. There is some very sly humor here, some fresh observational humor, and some mild sit-com action. Some of the bits are obvious, and some could be accompanied by a rim shot, but a lot of the best lines are carefully crafted, sneaky and models of low-key and gentle build up and delivery.
The cover of this book shows us Justin alone on stage at a microphone, and that casual connection to a stand up comedy act suggests what you get here. The diary form lends itself just as well to the humor, because you don't need a lot of plot and narrative. You get a direct-to-the-reader heartfelt and wry confessional feel, and that's calm, satisfying and uncommon. Thar's a nice change of pace, and this is a solid find.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
At Pennsylvania, at school, the library had the same book,and ain't that bad.It took 7 days to Finnish it.Gosh it was funny. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jolene
Finally!!! After trying to read many different "chapter books" my 9 year nephew came home with Justin Case. Read morePublished 7 months ago by lovemyelement
We only recently learned about Justin Case books, but ordered them ALL.Published 7 months ago by Sharon Wilson
my son wasn't into this book as he was in the wimpy kid series or magic tree house. i thought he would enjoy this because he has the same name as the kid but he struggled to read... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Justin's Mommy
it was cool and good and great and full of humor and laughter and very silly. but was not my most favorite book in the intire worldPublished 17 months ago by mamaminch