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My Buddy, Slug Hardcover – September 12, 2006

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Pres-Grade 2–Having a pal like Slug can be too much of a good thing. The big orange creature shows up everywhere, intruding on all of his friends activities, even inviting himself for dinner and a sleepover. Finally the child screams, Hes ANNOYING….IM SICK OF HIM! Slug, overhearing the outburst, slinks away. The boy soon feels lonely, but after an apology, all ends well. This all-too-familiar theme is given fresh treatment with quirky, cartoonlike illustrations of the giant slug, done in acrylics. Large print makes the book accessible to beginning readers.–Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
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About the Author

Jarrett Krosoczka is the author of many popular picture books, including Punk Farm, Max for President, Annie Was Warned, Baghead, and Good Night, Monkey Boy. You can learn more about Jarrett and his books at www.studiojjk.com. The author lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (September 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375833420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375833427
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kelly Herold on November 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Jarrett J. Krosoczka's latest title, "My Buddy, Slug," tackles a topic not often seen in picture books: What do you do when you see your best friend just a little too often?

Alex has encountered just this problem: "It used to be Slug, Kevin, and me--the unstoppable three. Until Kevin moved away. Now it's just Slug and me...all the time."

Alex sees Slug so often, that's he's dying for a little alone time. Slug is around every corner. He shows up at the dentist, at the mall, even for dinner.

On one such occasion, Alex's mom invites Slug for a sleepover. Slug talks and talks. He tells jokes, stories, asks philosophical questions. And, Alex is beyond annoyed.

The next morning Alex "had words" with his mother. He yells, "I'm sick of him!" You can guess who overhears this heated conversation and whose feelings are really, really hurt.

I have absolutely no idea why Alex's best friend is a giant, orange slug, but Slug is awfully cute and colorful. Krosoczka's illustrations are as expressive as ever and the story he tells is, at the same time, unique and one every young school child will recognize. "My Buddy, Slug" is highly recommended for children ages 4-9.
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My son loves this book. When I first read it to him we both burst into laughter as I read the story. I borrowed it form the library but decided to purchase a copy because he requests it every night. Truly a fun book!
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Child Pleasing Read ~~~ Recommended ~~~ 5 stars

The Review The tale is offered in the first person wherein the reader finds the little boy talking about his friends. 'It used to be Slug, Kevin and me - the unstoppable three.' Before long Kevin moves leaving only Slug and the little boy telling the story. 'And Slug was everywhere I was. Morning, noon and night, on the bus, in art class, at the library. You name it, if I was there, there was Slug as well.' Of course, the inevitable happened. When the narrator could not take anymore total togetherness; he handled the situation in predictable, child like fashion.

'And, I found it was beginning to be too much. Finally it happened, I told my mother exactly how I felt. What I didn't know was that Slug was there in the doorway.' The narrator really wasn't trying to make Slug feel bad, it was just that the little boy needed a some time to himself. And he got time to himself all right. Slug wasn't around much anymore.

'When I did see him Slug hardly spoke, and I didn't like that any more than I did when he was there all the time.'

I suppose we have each had a friend who is out of the ordinary. We have had a friend who does now and then, get on our nerves. Or, maybe it is we who is the one who just never knows when to stop, when to go home, or when to do something with another friend. Wanting to spend too much time together is a problem that each of us will likely face sooner or later.

Adults, generally have learned how to deal with clinging friends in such a way that will help us retain the friendship and allow us some time for ourselves, or other friends.
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