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Planet Tad Hardcover – May 8, 2012
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“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)
From the Back Cover
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Planet tad is really funny and quick. I read it in the car.🚐🚑🚒🚎It took me about an hour,but its super cool.Published 1 month ago by 👓
I liked planet tad because it is funny and relates to me in middle school.I would recommend this book to anyone that can read!Published 6 months ago by M Nodurft
I love this in Mad comics but for some reason it didn't seem as funny in book form. A not as funny version of diary of a whimpy kidPublished 11 months ago by obsidianlover
This book is really funny and cool it is very much like diary of a wimpy kid, their is a another one coming out and I can't wait to read it.Published 11 months ago by mia Sendlakowski
Planet Tad, a novel written by Tim Carvell is perfect for anyone who has been in middle school or is currently in. Read morePublished 13 months ago by phyfairy
Planet Tad is hilarious! Mr. Carvell is great at expressing what is going through the life and mind of a middle school aged kid. This book is a good collection of those thoughts. Read morePublished 14 months ago by J. Novosel
Planet Tad is really funny! Return to Planet Tad is also very funny. Will make you laugh out loud.Published 14 months ago by R. Fletcher