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My Life as a Cartoonist (The My Life series) Hardcover – April 30, 2013


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Derek Fallon—the underachiever star of two funny, perceptive books—returns, and this time he meets his match in Umberto, a new student who is in a wheelchair. At first it seems as if the two could be friends. Derek’s family is even training a capuchin monkey to be a service animal, and he can’t wait to tell Umberto about it. But after their first conversation, Derek realizes that sarcastic, flip Umberto doesn’t like him. In trying to defend himself, Derek is soon perceived as the kid bullying the boy in the wheelchair! Worst of all, Umberto is a cartoonist like Derek, but better. If all the Umberto travails weren’t enough, Derek’s crush, Carly, has started a relationship with an older boy, Crash. As with the other titles in the My Life As series, Tashjian’s son, Jake, provides the stick figures acting out the more difficult words and concepts. Great for reluctant readers (like Derek), this also neatly twists the bullying theme, offering discussion possibilities. Fans of the series (and of the Wimpy Kid and Charlie Joe Jackson) will like this one. Grades 5-7. --Ilene Cooper

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Praise for My Life as a Book:

* “Give this to kids who think they don’t like reading. It might change their minds.” —Booklist, starred review

* “A kinder, gentler Wimpy Kid with all the fun and more plot.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Sure to engage fans of Jeff Kinney’s ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ books as well as those looking for a spunky, contemporary boy with a mystery to solve.” —School Library Journal

 

Praise for My Life as a Stuntboy:

“Another fun, emotionally resonant read for the Wimpy Kid set and beyond.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A fast-moving plot and relatable protagonist make this stand-alone sequel a good choice for boys who, like Derek, would rather reach for a TV remote or game controller than a book.” —School Library Journal

“Fans of the first will be utterly delighted by this sequel and anxious to see what [Derek] will turn up as next.” —BCCB

“This is a great package for kids, especially those like Derek who don’t think they like to read.” —Booklist

Praise for My Life as a Cartoonist:

"Cartoonist Derek grapples with a perplexing association between disability and bullying in this stand-alone sequel to My Life as a Book (2010) and My Life as a Stuntboy (2011)." -- Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Series: The My Life series
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805096094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805096095
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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More About the Author

Janet Tashjian is a middle-grade and young adult novelist who's been writing books for children for fifteen years. Her first novel Tru Confessions was made into a critically acclaimed Disney TV movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. The Gospel According to Larry is a cult favorite and Fault Line is taught in many middle and high schools. Her novels My Life As a Book, My Life As a Stuntboy, and My Life As a Cartoonist are all illustrated by her teenage son, Jake. Their collaboration continues with Einstein the Class Hamster coming in August.

Janet lives with her family in Los Angeles, enjoying her respite from the long Boston winters. When she isn't writing, she's rewriting.

Janet has been doing school visits for fifteen years; you can email her at spatulaproductions@mac.com for details.

We invite you to follow her on Twitter @JanetTashjian and like her books on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Life-As-A-BookMy-Life-As-A-Stuntboy/133223746711839?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/ForWhatItsWorthTheBook

Plus, check out her YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/janettashjian

Customer Reviews

Read this book, please!
Owen Pazderak
My students and I love this series of books, and we couldn't wait to get our hands on this one!
jennifer dunnagan
It's got great vocabulary words and a fun story.
Kate

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sami Jadran on May 26, 2013
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I have to say that I liked that first two books more than this one. I felt like story didn't move forward that much. I guess I wanted to know if something finally happened between Carly and him, or if his monkey got a new owner/home yet etc. Since nothing happened at that end or even anything major happened with the main character I just wasn't pleased with the book. I have all three of them and read them. I do like this series, so I will allow my soon to be 3rd grader to read them. People always say this series is better for boys than the other Nate collection out there. I believe this is a good series for boys to read, and I'm sure my daughter would want to read this one day too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By praneeth kumar kasani on October 3, 2013
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This book is awesome!!!!!!! I recommend this book for anyone from ages 7-12!Get this book to read an awesome story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Owen Pazderak on May 20, 2013
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I loved this book! I love this series! I enjoy reading about Derek and his friends as they go on their adventures through middle school. Read this book, please!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By andrea on May 15, 2013
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The book is really cute it had a veryrelateable, and up to date story line. My son started using some of the ideas at home that ere in the book
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By Amazon Customer on July 9, 2014
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I do not like the words I can't understand like rst so that is what I do not like about the book
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By tjasa kalmbach on April 16, 2014
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cool and funny book to read. just like diary of a wimpy kid. one of my favorite books ever. my name is finn not tjasa
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By this is for Elle on March 11, 2014
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Can't wait till next one comes out..I love your books.please make more.ok make more make more
Make more for me.
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By Amazon Customer on March 4, 2014
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I love this book. It's worth the money to read my life as a cartoonist. So you should get this book NOW!!!!
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