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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061934364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061934360
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 3.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Hilarious to anyone who ever went through, is currently in, might go to, or flunked out of middle school.” (Jon Stewart)

“This book will make you laugh. If you’re not into that sort of thing, consider yourself warned.” (Stephen Colbert)

“Tad is the rapid-fire, pop-culture-referencing, actually-funny stand-up-comic-in-waiting that I wanted to be in middle school!” (Tom Angleberger)

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The characters we're very funny.
H. Rudzitis
Planet Tad is a book about 7th grader, Tad, who blogs out his whole year in the 7th and 8th grade.
J. Meslie
Recommended more for boys of middle school age than girls, this book was really enjoyed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By delicateflower152 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 26, 2012
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Tim Carvell is either a very gifted twelve-year old writer or an adult with a vivid memory of being twelve years old. His novel "Planet Tad" is hilarious - I found myself laughing out loud throughout.

Tad has his year mapped out - he will write a blog; survive seventh grade; and be noticed, in a good way, by a girl. "Planet Tad" is his diary-like blog; each day's tragedies and triumphs are logged. Whether Tad is dealing with his precocious, deviously clever little sister Sophie or scheming with his friend Chuck, his observations are both pointed and funny.

Tim Carvell has genuinely captured the wit and spirit of the twelve-year old blogger throughout "Planet Tad." I was particularly pleased to see Carvell did not resort to profanity or off-color language in his writing of "Planet Tad". This is a book that parents can give to their young readers without hesitation. The ARC had roughed-out cartoon illustrations; even these added to the overall enjoyable reading experience.

Recommended for ages 8 - 12 and grades 3 - 7, "Planet Tad" may be a bit advanced for the lower end of the age range. On the other hand, parents in search of a genuinely funny book and in need of a laugh should not hesitate to read "Planet Tad" themselves. Five-star funny and a book I will definitely recommend.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Goldberg on July 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am a middle school librarian and read many, many books written to appeal to adolescents. Many writers fall short in this category -- too many fart jokes, too much thinly-veiled grown-up advice, or too much of s focus on the "popular kids vs the rest of the world" storyline. I understand these pitfalls -- middle schoolers are a tough audience. Middle school boys are in a particularly difficult place because they are often branded as "reluctant readers" just because they haven't found the right book yet. However, I'm quite certain that this is their book. Planet Tad has just the right amount of adolescent humor, well-masked adult wisdom, and characters for whom kids will not only find themselves cheering, but also wanting to befriend. This is a perfect read-alike for Captain Underpants, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the Dork Diaries, and the Big Nate series because of the similar formats. However, I wouldn't limit my recommendation of this book to kids who like the short scene/diary format of those titles, though. I plan to purchase several copies of this and recommend it widely. When does the sequel come out?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah J. Carlin VINE VOICE on August 15, 2012
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At first glance, Planet Tad looks like another Diary of a Wimpy Kid wannabe-- blog entries with silly sketches. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is a really funny book! It follows Tad for an entire year as he blogs about his daily happenings and random thoughts that pop into his head. There is no main plot, just smaller subplots throughout the year. When the book begins, Tad is in the 7th grade. He lives with his parents and younger sister Sophie. He has a couple friends at school but isn't popular and doesn't get noticed by girls. Tad isn't a troublemaker, but he has a great sense of humor. Here are a few of my favorite lines-
his sister decides to be an angel for Halloween. "Mom and dad got kinda mad at me when I looked at her costume and said, 'You know, another way of looking at it is that you're going as a dead kid."

Tad gets a summer job at a hot dog stand..as the mascot. He stands in the parking lot in a giant hot dog costume. It doesn't last long because "Apparently I passed out in the parking lot. It turns out I was horribly dehydrated. Sean promised to give me two weeks' pay if I didn't sue."

In Health class, he and a girl get paired up to take care of an egg baby. Tad decides to boil it, so it won't crack. "I was kind of proud of myself, but when I gave it back to Laurie before homeroom, she said, 'Something doesn't feel right about Katie.' So I told her what I'd done, and she said, 'You boiled our baby?!' I pointed out that at least I didn't poach or scramble our baby, but that didn't make things better."

Planet Tad is full of humor, nothing I would consider crude or inappropriate. The writing level is probably around 4th grade because it is told through Tad's voice, very straightforward and honest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Lambert on May 12, 2012
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Buy this book. I have been a fan of Planet Tad since it first appeared in Mad Magazine. A seventh grader's trials over a year. It is funny and family friendly.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Warfle on May 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Planet Tad is a great book. It's done in diary/blog format, with lots of great illustrations. This makes a a fairly quick read (in a good way). It's witty and clever, and sure to appeal to fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid or the Dork Diaries series. A+!
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By A. Cress on March 1, 2014
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Middle school "diaries" are common these days but this book stands head and shoulders above the rest. It's age appropriate and still fresh and humorous enough for an adult to enjoy it.
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By OHO on December 24, 2013
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This book was good and a very easy read. It only has 12 (longish) chapters that feel short. This book is just like diary of a Whimpy kid except the kids not a total jerk face and he's really stupid. For example... well actually I can't think of any good ones, but he shares his "strange thoughts" like ," why do they have a children's zoo. It's not like the rest of the zoo is for adults."
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