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The Loser List #2: Revenge of the Loser Hardcover – May 1, 2012
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"Danny's lively, humorous journal-like narrative, which is interspersed with his cartoons, incorporates issues ranging from insecurity and jealousy to appreciating others. An entertaining school-centric read that's ideal for reluctant readers and comic-book fans." —Booklist
"An easy read with a good heart; fans of the first will respond well again." —Kirkus
"Written in the same style as the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books (Abrams), this title will definitely appeal to reluctant readers. However, unlike Greg Heffley, Danny is much more self-aware and truly learns from his mistakes...the book's positive message will strike a chord with many readers." —School Library Journal
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Parents' Choice Recommended Seal Award Winner, 2011
"I would give this novel a five out of five star rating because of the wonderful layout, excellent word choice and great use of pictures. I would recommend this novel to anyone nine to 13 years of age. Lots of dialogue, strong description, detailed characters and settings made this novel a terrific read." —The National Post, review by Cole Cobbledick (age 13)
"A story with humour reminiscent of Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, in which Danny gets himself removed from the Loser List, only to get duped into committing a crime." —Today's Parent
"The design of Kowitt's story ought to attract Wimpy Kid fans, and the book's 'be yourself' message makes it a more earnest alternative." —Publishers Weekly
"Danny's humorous line drawings help tell the story, making this a fun and accessible book for reluctant readers and comics fans. Danny is a genuinely likable character whose reactions are understandable, and readers will empathize with him as his dilemma snowballs, cheering at his final triumph." —Booklist
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Now I read this with my 9 year-old son, and I'm glad I did. Sharing the travails of Ms. Kowitt's characters gave us the perfect venue for discussing these 'heavy issues' before they came up in other contexts: 'Mom, you'll never guess what happened to Joey today!' Yikes! AND indeed, I'm very thankful to the author for giving me this chance to hear what my son thinks, and me to, in turn, verify what our family's code is.
Looks like Wimpy Kid, but it's not in the same genre. The Lost List is less funny and more meaty.
What made this book appropriate for my 9 year-old was that Ms. Kowitt handles the more serious material well. She never lets it get 'too heavy' and there's humor thrown in frequently to keep the feel nonthreatening.
More suitable for Middle-schoolers, in my humble opinion, THE LOSER LIST is an okay read for younger children if it's shared with an adult.
The main character is a 12-year-old seventh grader, and sex and drugs do not figure into this book. Neither does foul language. The humor is very male, but not lewd.
One thing that is likely to make it fun for a lot of people is the drawing art, including lots of "horror." It's black and white and drawn with a touch of comedy, so not any problem at all for me. Grotesque horror would not be for me!
I can heartily recommend this book. In addition to the absorbing story and interesting characters, it has a satisfying ending. Good stuff!
The story revolves around Danny's quest to remove the names and the predicaments he finds himself in during his quest. The usual middle school characters are all present: the geeks, smart kids, mean girls, bullies, weird kids, stern teachers and teachers who try way too hard to be hip. The humor is mostly clean although there is a little bathroom humor along the way. For example, one kid's name and reason for being on the loser list is: "Dick Weiner - 'nuff said".
I found the story funny and interesting, however, both my daughters (ages 9 & 11) didn't really like it, yet they both love the Wimpy Kid series. When I asked my 11-year-old why she didn't like it, she replied that she "really couldn't get into it". My younger daughter shared that it was "okay". The only reason I can think of why it appealed to me and not my daughters is maybe the book might be geared more towards young male readers.
Age appropriate for 4th to 6th graders. Recommended for them.
This book has none of the goofiness of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Its story has more depth, its characters are more fleshed out, and have larger problems.
It is entirely appropriate for fifth grade on up, but is probably not appropriate for those precocious 2nd and 3rd graders who enjoy Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
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The book was in excellent condition. My son really enjoyed reading it.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book works perfect... All the words are there. even when I close it and open it back up... Yup, they are still there. in the exact same order... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Chris shultz
Great book for 3rd and 4th graders!! I Read the book about 10 times! You'll love it I think you should get this book!! NEVER GETS OLD!!! ;)Published on March 17, 2014 by love it
I loved it. It brought me so much on how revenge is not always the best option. It should be a great book for kids everywhere.Published on January 25, 2014 by Deborah Smith
I would say this book is the best book I've ever read and its better then the first. This book should be for any realistic fiction readers.Published on January 9, 2014 by Matt Guyette
This was a great book and I love the part when he starred not to care about the loser listPublished on June 18, 2013 by RJ
I think this will be an excellent gift for my nephew who is 10. I am looking forward to giving it to him on his birthday and having him want all 4 books.Published on April 21, 2013 by Esther H