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Planet Tad Hardcover – May 8, 2012

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Book 1 of 2 in the Planet Tad Series

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“Hilarious to anyone who ever went through, is currently in, might go to, or flunked out of middle school.” (Jon Stewart)

“This book will make you laugh. If you’re not into that sort of thing, consider yourself warned.” (Stephen Colbert)

“Tad is the rapid-fire, pop-culture-referencing, actually-funny stand-up-comic-in-waiting that I wanted to be in middle school!” (Tom Angleberger)

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Tad has an agenda: Survive seventh grade.

He also wants to: grow a mustache, get girls to notice him, and do a kickflip on his skateboard. . . .

But those are not the main reasons he started a blog. Tad just has a lot of important thoughts he wants to share with the world, like: Here is the first thing I have learned about having a dog in your house: Don't feed them nachos. Not ever.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 940 (What's this?)
  • Series: Planet Tad (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061934364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061934360
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By delicateflower152 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 26, 2012
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Tim Carvell is either a very gifted twelve-year old writer or an adult with a vivid memory of being twelve years old. His novel "Planet Tad" is hilarious - I found myself laughing out loud throughout.

Tad has his year mapped out - he will write a blog; survive seventh grade; and be noticed, in a good way, by a girl. "Planet Tad" is his diary-like blog; each day's tragedies and triumphs are logged. Whether Tad is dealing with his precocious, deviously clever little sister Sophie or scheming with his friend Chuck, his observations are both pointed and funny.

Tim Carvell has genuinely captured the wit and spirit of the twelve-year old blogger throughout "Planet Tad." I was particularly pleased to see Carvell did not resort to profanity or off-color language in his writing of "Planet Tad". This is a book that parents can give to their young readers without hesitation. The ARC had roughed-out cartoon illustrations; even these added to the overall enjoyable reading experience.

Recommended for ages 8 - 12 and grades 3 - 7, "Planet Tad" may be a bit advanced for the lower end of the age range. On the other hand, parents in search of a genuinely funny book and in need of a laugh should not hesitate to read "Planet Tad" themselves. Five-star funny and a book I will definitely recommend.
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I am a middle school librarian and read many, many books written to appeal to adolescents. Many writers fall short in this category -- too many fart jokes, too much thinly-veiled grown-up advice, or too much of s focus on the "popular kids vs the rest of the world" storyline. I understand these pitfalls -- middle schoolers are a tough audience. Middle school boys are in a particularly difficult place because they are often branded as "reluctant readers" just because they haven't found the right book yet. However, I'm quite certain that this is their book. Planet Tad has just the right amount of adolescent humor, well-masked adult wisdom, and characters for whom kids will not only find themselves cheering, but also wanting to befriend. This is a perfect read-alike for Captain Underpants, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the Dork Diaries, and the Big Nate series because of the similar formats. However, I wouldn't limit my recommendation of this book to kids who like the short scene/diary format of those titles, though. I plan to purchase several copies of this and recommend it widely. When does the sequel come out?
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This book is set up as a blog by our hero Tad, so it consists of hundreds of half page bits. Recurring themes, characters, and events establish a plot of sorts over the course of the book, but the primary pleasure is in just the various random diary style bits. And they are very good, and what you get is basically a year in the life of a deadpan, funny regular kid.

If you were to take the observational humor of a stand up comic and give it the weird cerebral twist you get from someone like Steven Wright, and then add a seventh grade version of the Jon Stewart Show what-the-heck? sensibility you'd have a pretty good sense of how this reads. (The author is a writer for Stewart and this book started as a column in MAD magazine, so there you go.) It's not snarky; there's no drama; we're not talking compelling social issues or any agenda. Rather, it's funny, it's insightful, and it zeroes in on topics that pertain to seventh graders, (diagramming sentences in English class, the old take-home-an-egg-and-pretend it's-a-baby experience, wanting to need to shave, girls). Because it has a seventh grader sensibility sharpened and filtered through an adult's sense of comedic timing and phrasing it is tight, crisp and usually hits the mark. There are no lazy fart jokes and, at least to me, no false notes or missteps.

This seems like a book that would appeal to a wide range of readers. Younger kids will get enough of the humor, targeted tweens will see a lot that they recognize, and older readers will appreciate how far they've come. As an adult I got a few chuckles and a chance to admire the author's skill at channeling a funny perceptive seventh grader.
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As both a former teacher and present father (they both moved out long ago & have their own families) I see great value in this writing as a way to get kids reading very interesting stuff that their contemporary, Planet Tad, dreams up. He definitely knows what's going on, but he's smart enough to realize, even as they happen, both the joys and sorrows of adolescence. And all of this takes place in a Creative Universe, where Planet Tad is finding his place among the other Planets in their diverse orbits.
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Something is lost in the translation of Planet Tad from the Facebook page-like format in which it appears in Mad magazine (which is very funny) to the narrative diary format of the book. It's OK, but it just doesn't pop like the magazine feature.
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Planet Tad is a book about 7th grader, Tad, who blogs out his whole year in the 7th and 8th grade. Tad has to face lots of problems like homework, summer jobs, getting noticed and lots of other things that are really weird. He goes to his grandma's house and gets sunburned until he peels out of his skin. He gets a job at a hot dog shop that makes him wear a giant hot dog costume. in the giant hot dog costume it got so hot that he just fainted! Another time, Tad starts his own lawn care company. He gets so much business, that a guy says that he will pay him $7.50 for every lawn he DOESN'T mow. this book is filled with odd, quirky things that could only happen to Tad. I really enjoyed reading Planet Tad and you should read it too!
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