Monday, April 13, 2015

A Record Breaking Kid's Book

I loved the Guinness Book of World Records when I was a kid.  I remember checking it out of the library and pouring over the crazy pictures.  It is a right of passage that every kid goes through, even in these day of YouTube and video on demand.  The picture of the woman with the longest fingernails may just haunt me forever!

To have a book this week with a kid who dreams about record breaking and the fascinating things the world has to offer, well that in and of itself is a win!

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Title: Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker

Author: Molly B. Burnham

Target: Grade 3-7

Series: This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about: 
Teddy is the second to last child in a family with seven siblings!  His younger brother adores him, but he expresses his affection by breaking all of Teddy’s stuff.  In an effort to get away from “the Destructor” Teddy moves into a tent in the backyard.  Teddy loves the Guinness Book of World Records and he helps his neighbor “Grumpy Pigeon Man”  with his birds. It turns out these two endeavors come together in hilarious ways.

Why I love this book: 
Teddy will be a hero to every child.  He is the ultimate put upon little brother who perseveres nonetheless, and what child doesn’t see themselves that way?  

I loved that Teddy’s two best friends are an only child and one with one sibling.  They show us that no matter what your family dynamic, there are always challenges, which I appreciated.

I liked the fart jokes.  They were not overwhelming, but I chuckled, and farts done well are funny.  I also like the tie in to the Guinness Book of World Records.  Kids can’t get enough of these books, so it was a joy to see it featured in this story.

Who this book is for: 
The book is segregated by month and then with smaller topics highlighted, which makes is an easy read.  Kids who enjoy the Wimpy Kid format should easily be able to manage this story.  

Final thoughts: 
Teddy Mars is a pretty nice kid, if you ask me!

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Teddy Mars Book #1: Almost a World Record Breaker  A portion of each purchase will go to supper this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

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