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Skinnybones Paperback – July 8, 1997

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Two comic novels portray the struggles of middle-grade boys trying to fit in. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Barbara Park is one of the funniest writers around"-Booklist
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Revised edition (July 8, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067988792X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679887928
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
The first time I read this book I literally fell out of bed from laughing so hard. As a teacher, I read this book to my class nearly every year, and they love it! Alex is an endearing underdog who tries so hard to be what he is not: a size Large, knowledgeable baseball player. When he hears that a player is going to bunt he hasn't a clue what bunting means. He guesses it might mean to throw up, and this leads into the funniest scene I've ever read in children's literature. Every time I have to read it aloud I hardly can get through; I'm laughing so hard all my mascara runs. My class always gets an incredibly healthy, side-splitting, laugh from Alex's antics. He's also a very real character, with an inferiority complex, and a quirky way of viewing the world. He does find his strength in the end: comedy writing. This leads him into the sequel, Almost Starring Skinnybones, where his inferiorty complex turns into boasting bravado. One of the great qualitities of these books is Alex's depth of character, a real study in what can make "class clowns". I think the kids gain some understanding into the possiblity of sadness beneath the hilarity and the attention-seeking.
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By A Customer on May 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book was great! Everybody should read this book. My teacher read it to me in third grade. The whole class always laughed and always wanted the teacher to read more. The book is about a boy named Alex. He always lies, is a terrible baseball player, and always gets himself into terrible messes. Then, there is the jerk, T.J. who is a great baseball player. Everybody thinks he is all that and he is always picking on Alex about his size and what a bad baseball player he is. Read this book! I would reccomend it to anyone!
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Format: Paperback
When my grown son was in the third grade, I heard him laughing hysterically in his bedroom while I was cooking dinner. I had never heard him laugh and giggle so much! He told me a little bit about the story, and when he had gone to sleep, I picked it up and read it. It IS wonderful! I found myself laughing as much as my son had. The tale centers on Alex, a small kid who is the class clown and loves baseball. He is a very realistic character with whom children can identify, and he does some crazy things ( a lot with what he says ) that result in some hilarious situations. Kids really love this book! And so do many adults. It gives the reader a lot of pleasure as well as see the trials and errors of childhood in a fun, yet realistic manner. The author, Barbara Parks, has updated this little gem for today's readers, and it is just as wonderful.
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A Kid's Review on January 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
I LIKED THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT IS HILARIOUS. I ALSO LIKED THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT TALKS ABOUT BASEBALL, I LOVE BOOKS THAT TALK ABOUT
SPORTS, IT JUST MAKES THEM MORE INTERESTING.MY FAVORITE CHARACTER
WAS THE LITTLE BOY THAT WAS SKINNY BECAUSE HE MAKES A BUNCH OF FUNNY JOKES. I ALSO LIKED THE BULLY BECAUSE HE HAS A FAMILY MEMBER THAT IS IN PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL AND HE'S GOOD AT SPORTS.
MY FAVORITE PART OF THE BOOK WAS WHEN THE SKINNY BOY WON THE CONTEST ON CAT FOOD. I LIKED THIS PART BECAUSE IT FIT IN THE BOOK AT THE PERFECT TIME AND THERE WAS SOME GOOD JOKES AT THAT TIME IN THE BOOK. THE ENDING WAS GREAT BECAUSE EVERY BODY WAS HAPPY EXCEPT THE BULLY.
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Format: Paperback
Alex "Skinnybones" Frankovitch is a memerable character from one of my favorite books as a young adult. Barbra Park delivers a story about a young boy who feels out of place and uses humor as a defense. This book still makes me laugh out loud, and I think children of all ages can relate to Alex because he is the underdog that always see to get himself into some kind of trouble. I am studying to be an elementary teacher and I planning on reading this book to my class because I know I will enjoy it as much as they will!
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I throughly enjoyed reading this book to my class this year. I laughed the entire time, so did they! It's great for any age, I've used it in both fourth and second grades and it's always a bit hit! This book takes a look at the lighter side of being the underdog as a kid. Skinnybones/Alex is a thrill a minute and Park uses everyday words and phrases that keep everyone rolling! This makes it REAL easy to "get into character" while reading, that's part of why it's so well liked, kids love watching adults act like nuts every once in a while. I highly recommend this one!
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A Kid's Review on March 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is really good. I started reading it in school one day. I loved it so much that I brought it home to read. I finished that night. It's a book about a boy named Alex Frankovich that plays baseball on a little leage team. He stinks at it. You'll find out why T.J. Stoner is his worst enemy! He also has a great sense of humor. That's why I liked it. It was so funny. I'm a girl. I do ballet, and I still liked it! (Even though it was about baseball.)
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One of the better children's book for boys 8-12 from the 70's and 80's, before helicopter parenting and smart phones and realistic video games. Easy to read, and funny, but with situations most can relate to.
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