- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 4
- Lexile Measure: 760 (What's this?)
- Series: Cartboy Series (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Starscape; 1 edition (April 2, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765333171
- ISBN-13: 978-0765333179
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,251,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cartboy and the Time Capsule (Cartboy Series) Hardcover – April 2, 2013
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From School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-Hal Rifkind just wants what most sixth-grade boys want: more time for video games and no history tests. Unfortunately, eccentric parents and a grueling teacher are out to get him. There's also the problem of lack of funds. Mr. Tupkin takes the cake when he assigns the class to each write a yearlong journal, which will be added to a time capsule. Hal's diary is filled with photos and time lines chronicling his efforts to get his own room and avoid his history homework. While Hal is amusing and likable, his sarcasm sometimes falls flat, and he occasionally comes across as whiny. Supporting characters are thinly drawn and one-dimensional. The time lines and photos are fun additions but not enough to carry this book.-Terry Ann Lawler, Burton Barr Library, Phoenix, AZα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
For a history class assignment, hapless Hal Rifkind documents his sixth-grade year in journal entries for a reader in the future. He bemoans his new “Cartboy” nickname, bestowed when he starts using a grocery cart for his school books. He nearly earns an F in history, unsuccessfully campaigns for a room of his own, adjusts to a vegan diet, and temporarily loses his best friend. His first-person entries stress his hatred for history, as well as his resistance. These chapters are occasionally illustrated with small black-and-white photographs, supposedly taken from the web, and rough drawings of his own, including time lines that are appropriately described as “ridiculous” by the teacher. The strained humor relies on exaggeration and standard boy-reader tropes: eating raw meat in desperation, dirty diapers, farts, wedgies, and recurring references to attaining level 13 in a video game. Clearly modeled on Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2007), this first novel should have adequate appeal for exactly the same fans. Grades 4-6. --Kathleen Isaacs
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