- Age Range: 7 - 10 years
- Grade Level: 2 - 5
- Series: Calvin Coconut
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (April 8, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307930750
- ISBN-13: 978-0307930750
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Calvin Coconut #9: Extra Famous Paperback – April 8, 2014
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A lot of boys can easily identify with Calvin Coconut, a low-key kid with divorced parents, a younger sister, and a posse of neighborhood friends to hang with. His neighborhood, though, happens to be in Hawaii, and one of his friends has a movie director uncle who is looking for undead extras to appear in the zombie movie he is filming on a local beach. Lots of fun ensues, but in the end, though Hollywood has come briefly calling, Calvin is just a regular boy who spends the money he has earned on a new bike. Dependable and clearly written, the series gains great appeal from Rogers’ charming and expressive spot illustrations. Grades 3-5. --Karen Cruze --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
GRAHAM SALISBURY is the author of seven other Calvin Coconut books: Trouble Magnet, The Zippy Fix, Dog Heaven, Zoo Breath, Hero of Hawaii,Kung Fooey, and Man Trip, as well as several novels for older readers, including the award-winning Lord of the Deep, Blue Skin of the Sea, Under the Blood-Red Sun, Eyes of the Emperor, House of the Red Fish, and Night of the Howling Dogs. Graham Salisbury grew up in Hawaii.
JACQUELINE ROGERS has illustrated more than 100 books for young readers. She studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design.
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Calvin Coconut's grammar school is a little more normal and pro social. I like how Calvin Coconut's teacher Mr Purdy (the former Marine) has bootcamp lessons and tells the kids to get out their pencils and start writing. I like the way the kids interact in a positive way toward each other in their fourth grade class and outside of school. I like their community set in somewhere on the big island of Hawaii.
Author Graham Salisbury also admits that he is actually Calvin Coconut. I find that very interesting. I like all the characters in the Calvin Coconut series. I am amused by some of the antics of Tito and Sinbad, who serve a role in story, what not to be like. I like Calvin Coconut's mom but wish she would try to be more understanding of Calvin Coconut but then maybe that would change the story too much. I like the values presented in Calvin Coconut.
As usual, Salisbury's writing sparkles. For example, despite having to rise hours before dawn, Calvin is so excited that his mind is "as sharp as a machete"; when Stella really starts to get into her role, she looks "like a toad squashed on the road"; and we hear that the chains on the swing set where Darcie is swinging "squeaked and squealed: Give. Us. Oil. Give. Us. Oil."
As is often the case in his books, Salisbury inculcates in his readers subtle lessons on how to get along with others. This time it is Julio who sees how each actor in the film has a special role just as each member of the family has a special and important role to play in the dynamics of family life.
Borrowing some of what Calvin later tells his dad about being an extra in the zombie movie, EXTRA FAMOUS is Extra Fun to read, "as fun and exciting and weird and awesome as that one long day and night on the beach."