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Not Just For Breakfast Anymore [Kindle Edition]

PV Lundqvist
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Benny wants a pet—a dog or a cat. You know, the kind of pet everyone else has. But other kids don't have his mom. She likes to do things differently.

So Benny doesn't know what to expect when he first opens the pet carrier. Certainly not that his neighbors will want to kick is family out of town—he just got here! And he was just about to make the baseball team, too.

Will he fight for his pet or back down?

Editorial Reviews


"[Not Just For Breakfast Anymore] is a classic book for modern kids." --Suite 101: Book Reviews

"PV Lundqvist has written a wonderful book." --Jandy's Books

Not Just For Breakfast Anymore, "Would be a huge hit among fourth to seventh graders." --Literary Sojourn

Product Details

  • File Size: 326 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615319149
  • Publisher: Stick Raven (December 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031Y6TIO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #598,795 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Well, I must stay that over the past several years a worrisome trend has reversed itself and we have recently been treated to a growing number of YA books that not only present a good story, but ones that are well written. The reason for this, in my opinion, is due to the increase in quality books such as the one being reviewed here by PV Lundqvist. Readers and teachers are demanding more and they now are receiving it. What a delightful read this one was.

Young Benny (Actually, his name is Bengt, something the young lad changed to Benny on his own, as soon as he was able), wants a pet. He will settle for a cat but what he really wants is a dog. Benny has been blessed with, or cursed with...depending on how you want to look at it, a "creative" mother, ergo the name Bengt; a name that is not ordinary and common, you see. Well anyway, on his birthday Benny indeed does receive a new pet, not a cat, not a dog, not even a cool big lizard; no, no, no...a Vietnamese Potbellied pig no less!

And so we are instantly drawn into the life of Benny, a kid who wants what normal kids his age want; acceptance, making the baseball team, no hassles from bullies and of course a dog. Like real life though, not all always turns out the way our young lad would like. There seems to be trouble from every direction. There is of course the acceptance factor, relationships with family members and life's lessons to be learned.

This is a well told tale of growing up; of being at that very strange and difficult age when a boy is leaving childhood behind and is learning to join the adult world.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Wimpy Kid Here: A Great Book for Mid-Grade Boys January 1, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Not Just for Breakfast Anymore is a book about standing up for yourself - about dealing with bullies of any age; about being who you are; and also about learning to recognize real friends, and to appreciate your family.

Just like Benny, the hero of this book, my nine-year-old son is a baseball player and really wants a dog. He could relate to worrying about making the team, and to having to deal with people who try to make fun of your name, or your pet, or what you do in your spare time, for reasons that may have nothing to do with you. The book has very funny moments - my son loved the part where the pig is on the loose in the house for the first time - but it's not just another Diary of a Wimpy Kid: it has depth, and warmth. Benny's relationships with his mom and his dad are believably portrayed; it is interesting to watch Benny come to see both his parents in a new light. Benny's classmates and the townspeople are people you recognize. And while the story ends well, Benny learns that some things are worth their price, and some are not - something many mid-graders have to figure out.

Though girls could certainly read and enjoy this book, I would particularly recommend it for boys in grades 4-6. As the parent of a fourth-grader, I know there aren't all that many good stories for boys in this age group on the market, so I really appreciated finding this - hope to see more along these lines.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great young adult book August 10, 2011
By SciArt
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What a great read! This book was not a run-of-the-mill kids book. It tackled old themes refreshingly. It deals with self-esteem, standing up for what you believe in, and keeping an open mind. Surprisingly not pedantic. I think any kid would be lucky to read this book :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD June 12, 2010
Rating: 5/5

My 4 year old son absolutely adores me reading to him, and when he saw the cover of this book, he demanded that I read it to him right away. Both of us really enjoyed the story!

He loved it because it was story of a pig. I loved it for the lessons that I've seen him learn from it, even though we only finished it a few days ago. He was deepened by my teachings of self-esteem and standing up for not only what you believe in, but for what is right. We both enjoyed the story of a young boy given a unique birthday present/pet, and how sometimes you get the things you didn't even know you needed until you received it. The story flowed so well, I didn't feel any thing was lacking in how one person got from one place to another, and the quest that our young hero took was very riveting. The time spent in the rain storm in a log was worthy of college literature class discussions on symbolism. And while I read into the book more than my son did, he loved it too. He enjoyed growing with the characters and the pig.

Now, please get him off my back about why we can't have a pet pig in our apartment!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! June 8, 2012
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I really enjoyed this novel about a young man, his "unique" pet, and the fight with the town to be able to keep the pet. The book is well written, well thought out, and would enhance any young adult's library. It gets kids back to being kids, not vampires, not werewolves, just kids, pets, and baseball. I'd highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I May Never Eat Bacon Again March 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Not Just For Breakfast Anymore PV Lundqvist

A boy and his pet overcome being the new kids on the block and learn many laudable lessons.

I don't know where to start, there were so many things I liked about this book. This would have been entertaining if it had been a boy and his dog but a boy and his pig makes it much more interesting.

Benny is so likeable because he is so normal. He shows the fears and insecurities that are ubiquitous to human beings let alone children. His parents are not perfect nor are they buffoons.

The conflict is not violent but it is believable. Bullying is a hot topic at the moment. Lundqvist paints a more realistic approach than many authors. He also show the impact a negative family life can have on creating bullies without in any way becoming preachy.

The friendship between Major and Benny and the impact reality has, particularly in hard economic times, is poignant. All of us have been there at some point in our lives.

So many laudable characteristics are exhibited that it would be tedious to list them all. Lundqvist painted real live people, showing emotions and empathy as well as pettiness and anger. Fletcher is icing on the cake. He brings humor and pathos into the story line.

The title is indicative of the humorous attitude of the author. He illustrates that humor and wisdom in his blog which is linked below.

I really enjoyed this book.

I strongly recommend the book!

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars amazing book
Good for any kid who's bullied or feels left out. It's a hilarious book. Good for ages 10-15. Good job PV Lundqvist
Published 5 months ago by J. Preston
1.0 out of 5 stars blah
Horrible. I really hated it. Gross. Despicable. Stupid. I hated it. I hated it. I hated it. I hated it.
Published 6 months ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars No more BACON for me!
This was a wonderful story about a boy who learns to love a pet pig instead of the dog he wanted and all the trials and tribulations that went along with owning one! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lynn Demsky
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok
It was kind of a weird ending but I still think it was a good book for baseball fans(kids)
once again it was a good book
Published 16 months ago by Hidden
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I read this to see if I thought my grandkids would enjoy. While I liked the book I am not sure my granddaughter's will. I think boys would enjoy the book more
Published 18 months ago by ECW
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good !
I was surprised when I saw the cover with a pig on the front. And then I learned that PV had pet pigs an this story happened to him...... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Angela Prayne
4.0 out of 5 stars Good..
A good story, a bit confusing in the middle there,
But, overall, it's a good book. I recommend this book to any one!
Published on February 26, 2013 by Assorted Stuff Buyer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not just for breakfast anymore
I would give it three stars. I'll admit it though, there were a few boring parts. But other than that, it was awesome! :D
Published on January 9, 2013 by Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great boo
love it so much if it anything like the last one its going to be great..... Try it for your child
Published on December 27, 2012 by shawnda
5.0 out of 5 stars Grrrrreat!!!!
Not For Breakfast Anymore is a diffrent/great way of looking at pigs, and i loved the baseball added in! Read this book!
Published on September 26, 2012 by #2bosoxfan
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PV Lundqvist loves his kids, pet pigs, and baseball--in that order. You can follow him on twitter (pvlundqvist), or read his blog (


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