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My Buddy, Slug Hardcover – September 12, 2006

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From School Library Journal

Pres-Grade 2–Having a pal like Slug can be too much of a good thing. The big orange creature shows up everywhere, intruding on all of his friends activities, even inviting himself for dinner and a sleepover. Finally the child screams, Hes ANNOYING….IM SICK OF HIM! Slug, overhearing the outburst, slinks away. The boy soon feels lonely, but after an apology, all ends well. This all-too-familiar theme is given fresh treatment with quirky, cartoonlike illustrations of the giant slug, done in acrylics. Large print makes the book accessible to beginning readers.–Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
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About the Author

Jarrett Krosoczka is the author of many popular picture books, including Punk Farm, Max for President, Annie Was Warned, Baghead, and Good Night, Monkey Boy. You can learn more about Jarrett and his books at www.studiojjk.com. The author lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (September 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375833420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375833427
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #980,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jarrett J. Krosoczka has been passionate about storytelling through words and pictures since he was a kid. He began his professional career by illustrating educational readers for a national publisher while still an undergraduate at Rhode Island School of Design. Then, just six months after graduation, Jarrett received his first contract for a trade book that he authored. Knopf Books for Young Readers published Good Night, Monkey Boy on June 12, 2001 and Jarrett hasn't stopped or slowed down since.

Jarrett is a two-time winner of the Children's Choice Book Award for the Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year and is the author and/or illustrator of more than twenty-five books for young readers. His work includes several picture books, the Lunch Lady graphic novels and Platypus Police Squad middle-grade novel series. Jarrett has given two TED Talks, both of which have been curated to the main page of TED.com and have collectively accrued nearly two million views online. He is also the host of The Book Report with JJK on SiriusXM's Kids Place Live, a weekly segment celebrating books, authors and reading. His work has been featured on the front page of The Boston Globe and on NPR's All Things Considered. Jarrett's books have also been recommended by national publications such as Newsweek, The New York Times and USA Today. His Punk Farm picture book and Lunch Lady series are both currently in development as feature films. Jarrett lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters, and their pugs.

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Jarrett J. Krosoczka's latest title, "My Buddy, Slug," tackles a topic not often seen in picture books: What do you do when you see your best friend just a little too often?

Alex has encountered just this problem: "It used to be Slug, Kevin, and me--the unstoppable three. Until Kevin moved away. Now it's just Slug and me...all the time."

Alex sees Slug so often, that's he's dying for a little alone time. Slug is around every corner. He shows up at the dentist, at the mall, even for dinner.

On one such occasion, Alex's mom invites Slug for a sleepover. Slug talks and talks. He tells jokes, stories, asks philosophical questions. And, Alex is beyond annoyed.

The next morning Alex "had words" with his mother. He yells, "I'm sick of him!" You can guess who overhears this heated conversation and whose feelings are really, really hurt.

I have absolutely no idea why Alex's best friend is a giant, orange slug, but Slug is awfully cute and colorful. Krosoczka's illustrations are as expressive as ever and the story he tells is, at the same time, unique and one every young school child will recognize. "My Buddy, Slug" is highly recommended for children ages 4-9.
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Child Pleasing Read ~~~ Recommended ~~~ 5 stars

The Review The tale is offered in the first person wherein the reader finds the little boy talking about his friends. 'It used to be Slug, Kevin and me - the unstoppable three.' Before long Kevin moves leaving only Slug and the little boy telling the story. 'And Slug was everywhere I was. Morning, noon and night, on the bus, in art class, at the library. You name it, if I was there, there was Slug as well.' Of course, the inevitable happened. When the narrator could not take anymore total togetherness; he handled the situation in predictable, child like fashion.

'And, I found it was beginning to be too much. Finally it happened, I told my mother exactly how I felt. What I didn't know was that Slug was there in the doorway.' The narrator really wasn't trying to make Slug feel bad, it was just that the little boy needed a some time to himself. And he got time to himself all right. Slug wasn't around much anymore.

'When I did see him Slug hardly spoke, and I didn't like that any more than I did when he was there all the time.'

I suppose we have each had a friend who is out of the ordinary. We have had a friend who does now and then, get on our nerves. Or, maybe it is we who is the one who just never knows when to stop, when to go home, or when to do something with another friend. Wanting to spend too much time together is a problem that each of us will likely face sooner or later.

Adults, generally have learned how to deal with clinging friends in such a way that will help us retain the friendship and allow us some time for ourselves, or other friends.
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We've all had that friend who's very dear to us but once in a while gets on our nerves. It could be the co-worker who always talks about her gout or the college roommate that liked to jabber non-stop through movies. It's a problem that hits people of every age, race, gender, or persuasion. For adults, our ability to deal with such friends is a talent we've cultivated over the years. Kids, on the other hand, need to learn how to deal. For them, Jarrett Krosoczka has given them, "My Buddy, Slug". Well told without ever descending into preachiness, Krosoczka tells one boy's tale of the friend who just never knew when to quit.

At first there were three friends: Kevin, Alex, and Slug. Then Kevin moved away and it was just Slug and Alex left. And that's fine, cause they are friends, after all. Such good friends, in fact, that they do everything together. School. Shopping. Homework. But when Alex wants some alone time, Slug just doesn't know how to take a hint. When he ends up at Alex's house eating dinner with the fam and staying the night, that's the last straw. Alex vents his frustration about his friend loudly enough that poor Slug gets his feelings hurt. Now Alex has to do the right thing if he ever wants to get back the only best friend he's got.

A co-worker of mine read through this book and commented that he liked the matter-of-fact way in which this book dealt with the fact that Slug was a slug. It's funny, but this never even occurred to me. Like many of the kids who will come to read it, I accepted from page 1 that Alex's best friend was an approximately 5'6" neon orange invertebrate. I mean, the book certainly could have been written with Slug a kid, and many an author would have gone that route.
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