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  • Posted May 30, 2011

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    Highly Recommended, you must check it out! The fam loves them :)(11,8,and 5 year old) They can't wait to meet you, Karla Oceanak. We plan on coming to the reading program through the LINC Library Program(Read S'more Books) I had some sketch books laying around and each gave them one so they can have their own Artsy Fartsy sketch/comic books for the summer. Bogus is also Great, they loved them both. :):):):):) Five Stars!

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

    My 9 year old can't get enough!!!

    My 9 year old son is LOVING both books in this series. He can not wait for 'C' to come out. We read it together before bed and we laugh and learn new vocabulary, all while having fun!! We highly recommend the book and I have been telling all my 'mom' friends how wonderfully clever they are!

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

    Loved every minute of BOGUS!

    Read it all in one sitting as I couldn't put it down! Looking forward to this spring's release of Aldo's next adventures!

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  • Posted October 18, 2010

    Highly recommended for advanced readers, reluctant readers, and everyone in between!

    I teach 4th- and 5th-grade reading and think the new Aldo Zelnick comic novel series is funny and smart, as do many of my students. I've also heard positive reviews from other teachers whose students are enjoying this book. From my experience, I know that students from second through fifth grade and reluctant to voracious readers are all enjoying Bogus. In Bogus, Aldo Zelnick and his best friend Jack find a diamond ring. Aldo thinks it's bogus, and Jack - rock hound extraordinaire - thinks it's real. Aldo loses the ring, finds it, then loses it again before discovering there is a $1,000 reward for the ring, which may not be bogus after all. Meanwhile, Aldo's friend Abby is collecting money for children in Bhutan, but Aldo would rather buy Slushies with his allowance. There is so much to recommend Bogus, from Aldo's quirky charm to the adventure-filled plot to the appealing illustrations. The vocabulary and moral are just icing on the cake - but buttercream, without artificial flavors to make them unappetizing. Aldo is a realistic ten-year-old boy whose charm often lies in his lack of perfection. Most of us can relate to a character who would rather eat home-baked goodies and buy himself treats than exercise and donate his money to charity. It is hard to be good. Aldo always ends up having many fun adventures as the primary problem is solved, whether he is relaxing in his tree fort with friends or going to see the Buddha statue at the Great Stupa (not the Great Stupid, as he first thinks). And, yes, Aldo does look for the ring in dog poop. (And, yes, it is funny, made even more so by the illustrations, including a map.) Speaking of illustrations, they are every bit as appealing and essential as the text. They do more than complement the text; they add another layer of meaning. The characters' expressions, especially, are priceless. In addition, the illustrations provide humor through the literal interpretation of idioms (keep your eyes peeled) or expressions (last one there is a dung beetle) and "hidden" pictures of the feature letter. Last, the vocabulary in the Aldo books is truly fun because the words, which are in a glossary, are defined by Aldo. Thus, "ballistic" means "crazy upset," "bludgeon" is "smash with a club. Ouch," and "breakdancing" is "a kind of dancing that is way too athletic and tiring" (this is, after all, Aldo writing the definitions). Do yourself or a child you love a favor and buy a copy of Bogus - especially if that child ever read and enjoyed Captain Underpants, Ricky Ricotta, Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, or any other comic novel series. Aldo is a more positive character than these, yet the stories, characters, and illustrations will engage children just as much if not more.

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