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Much Ado About Aldo Library Binding – August 1, 1978

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About the Author

Johanna Hurwitz is the author of over five dozen books for young readers. She is the recipient of many state awards, including the Texas Bluebonnet Award, the Kentucky Bluegrass Award, and the Garden State Children's Choice Award. She lives in Great Neck, NY, and Wilmington, VT.

Johanna Hurwitz always knew she wanted to be a writer. She started by telling stories to her brother, who is six years her junior, and she's been making up stories ever since. Born and raised in New York City, she earned her B.A. degree from Queens College and went on to receive a master's in library science from Columbia University. She embarked on a career as a children's librarian, but she never forgot that one day she wanted to write books, too.

She worked at the New York Public Library and in a variety of other public and school library positions. She also taught graduate courses in children's literature and storytelling at Queens College. When she and her husband, Uri--a college teacher and writer-and their children, Nomi and Beni, moved to Long Island, she continued her library work.

Although she had told original stories to her children, it was not until they were well along in school that Mrs. Hurwitz actually began to write down her stories. That's why, when children ask her how long it takes to write a book, she replies that her first, Busybody Nora, took her whole life.

But since then she has been writing with regularity, portraying with humor and sympathy the everyday incidents that are so important to children. She is particularly fond of seven- to nine-year-olds, because they are " so very open and get excited about small things," and she enjoys writing realistic fiction for and about them.

That these youngsters are equally fond of Mrs. Hurwitz's books is obvious. She has received many child-chosen state awards, including the Texas Bluebonnet Award, the Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Award, the Kentucky Bluegrass Award, the Garden State Children's Choice Award, the West Virginia Children's Book Award, and others.

In recent years, Johanna Hurwitz has crisscrossed the United States from Juneau, Alaska, to Jackson, Mississippi, and from San Diego, California, to St. Albans, Vermont. She has even spoken abroad, from Morocco to Mozambique and from Portugal to Nicaragua. On these trips she has met and spoken to schoolchildren, teachers, librarians, and parents. She has made many new friends and has often brought home new ideas for her next book.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Library Binding: 96 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (August 1, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688321607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688321604
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,292,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
"Much Ado About Aldo"
by Johanna Hurwitz
(William Morrow, 1978)
If you've enjoyed the all classic Beverly Cleary books and are looking for similar material, low-key stories about regular kids in everyday situations, then you might want to check out Johanna Hurwitz and her New York-based ouvre. This is the first of several books about a young boy named Aldo Sossi who is in third grade and eager to learn about the world. Aldo is also a very sensitive kid, and when his teacher first gets some crickets for the class terrariums and then gets some chameleons to eat the crickets (as part of a Science lesson) Aldo gets so upset on the crickets' behalf that he begins to think over his own relationship to food, and realizes that he no longer wants to eat animals himself. This is an excellent introduction to the concept of vegetarianism, and may be a good tool for opening discussions inside families where the issue comes up. (In the future books, Aldo is still a vegetarian, so he may be a good role model or reaffirmation for children who make similar choices.) More importantly, the tone of Hurwitz's writing is always a delight - fun to read aloud, with characters you can grow close to. Recommended! (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain children's book reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane Stranz on November 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
As a thoughtful adult who believes that "you become what you read" just as much as "you become what you eat," I was thrilled to discover this sweet book by Johanna Hurwitz. In my 20+ years of raising children, and caring what they read, I have regularly scoured sources like Jim Trelease's Read Aloud Handbook for reading material ideas for my five children. The youngest two are 10 and 12, and I cannot believe I did not discover Johanna Hurwitz' books until now -- almost too late, since most of her books are written for grades 2-5 and my youngest is a fifth a grader.

Joe Sixpack's review gives a good overview of the story, so I won't repeat -- but if you have elementary age children, definitely definitely expose your children to Johanna Hurwitz books. They are right up there with the books of Barbara Park (Junie B. Jones), Beverly Cleary (Ramona, Mouse and the Motorcycle, Dear Mr. Henshaw), E. B. White (Trumpet of the Swan, Charlotte's Web) and Christopher Paul Curtis (Bud not Buddy, The Watsons Go to Birmingham, Elijah of Buxton) -- all children authors my children and I love and adore. (And I have to give a plug for one of our all time favorite children's books: The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner -- Volume 1, the original story).

Books mold character as well as the mind, and Aldo, the main character in 'Much Ado About Aldo' is a wonderful role model for children. He views the world with interest and curiosity, and would make a fine scientist when he grows up. A child who views life as Aldo does will never be bored, lonely, close-minded or 'hateful'. Again, highly recommended.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
Hi. I am a third grader from the U.S.A. I like this book because it's sort of like a mystery book. Aldo is looking for Peabody. You should read this book and find out where Peabody is. Peabody is a fat cat. I would give this book five stars because it is the best book of my life and I like Johanna Hurwitz books.
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By Amazon Customer on February 23, 2015
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Great Writer! Great Book!
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