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Anastasia Krupnik Paperback – November 1, 1984
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The story is set in Boston, Massachusetts, where ten-year-old Anastasia is struggling with an identity crisis, eccentric parents, and the pain of growing up an only child in a secular household. Her father is an English professor who writes poetry and her mother is an artist who forgets to do the laundry, which is why they both wear socks that don't match. Anastasia writes a poem without rhyme or meter and reads it to her class, but her teacher doesn't appreciate modern poetry; she gives her an "F" and tells her to follow the rules when writing poems. She has an on-again, off-again crush on a boy who doesn't like her, a grandmother who can't remember her name due to the onset of dementia, and a baby brother soon to be born: even her goldfish "blurps" at her from within the confines of its bowl.
At one point Anastasia decides to become Catholic, so she can change her name, but she soon changes her mind when she learns that stealing cupcakes from her friend is a sin and she will have to confess her sins to become a Catholic. Anastasia chronicles the significant events of her life in a green notebook, listing things she loves in one column and things she hates in another. Sometimes the things she hates become the things she loves and vice versa. By the end of the story, there remains only one item on the list of things she hates - liver - but the list of things she loves is long. The story is told with humorous effect, even though some of the things that happen are sad.Read more ›
Buy these for your child, even if you're not a poet. They're wonderful.
Though this is a children's book and the writing is not overly complex, the stories are mature enough to be interesting to an older reader as well. I particularly enjoyed Anastasia's parents, even more so when I read the books as an adult-- I thought my parents were great but if I had to choose fictional parents, it would have been the Krupniks, no question, and I hoped to be a parent like them someday.
It surprises me these books aren't better known. Definitely worth the investment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read these as a kid bought them for my niece and now she loves themPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I pretty much read (well, listened to) this for three reasons: It takes place in my hometown, it's by Lois Lowry, and the premise just sounded attractive (I'm a 28-year-old male,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Erich Hartmann
Anastasia is an adorable, likeable, relatable character. She reminds me too much of myself at 10. I adore her outlook on her life, her parents, school, and friends. Read morePublished 11 months ago by empress8411
I don't think you should buy it for someone that is under the age of ten. Why? It talks about love and cigars and beer. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Watch anything
I started reading this as a child and I still enjoy reading it. The characters are true-to-life and their quirks make them really interesting. Read morePublished 16 months ago by D7