The Accidental Genius of Weasel High

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The problem with Detorie's strip One Big Happy has long been a hard one to overcome: it's just not that funny. This issue is handily dealt with in his refreshingly vivid and approachable YA illustrated novel, which strives for only the occasional chuckle and is more interested in telling the story of one very driven 14-year-old. Larkin Pace and his classmates must keep a weekly "notebook blog," the results compiled in Detorie's book, where Larkin rags on his parents, obsesses over his best friend Brooke (who he'd now like as a girlfriend), binges on film quotes (his dad is a film studies professor), and divulges his complicated scheme for becoming a Hollywood impresario by age 16. Detorie's sketchy illustrations punctuate a story told with an easy, self-deprecating humor steeped in adolescent modernity without overdoing the slang and up-to-the-minute references. While many of Larkin's nemeses are standard issue (annoying sister, omnipresent bully), his voice manages to be good-natured and assured without the addition of arrogance. Ages 12–up. (Apr.) Board and concept books to nurture an early love of reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606841495
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 364,123
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

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    Wimpy teen

    Think the Wimpy Kid books but taking place in a high school. Larkin Pace is required to write a notebook blog over the course of five months at Arthur C. Weatzle High School; this book is that illustrated blog. It covers bullies, romance (and lack thereof), friendship, annoying siblings, and embarrassing parents. The pranks are spot-on for many middle schoolers but I don't imagine anyone over the age of 14 will appreciate the humor. As an educator, I was annoyed at the part where Larkin sees a teacher looking at porn on a school computer but I feel the same annoyance at the recently-released movie, "Bad Teacher."

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    Fun to read, with good illustrations

    Being that I was a fan of his comic strip, I had to give this book a try. It hit the ground running with quirky and funny events that made the book go by really fast. There were a couple of pages that made me get up and share with whoever was near me. I think that this book is perfect for middle school readers and up. Its the kind of well written story that leaves you with a good feeling and doesn't have any cheap shock tactics. I highly recommend it!

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