Almost Starring Skinnybones

Almost Starring Skinnybones

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by Barbara Park
     
 

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"Alex 'Skinnybones' Frankovitch is back, this time starring in a TV commercial after sending a prizewinning letter to a cat food company. Alex is signing autographs in preparation for his newfound celebrity, but things don't work out the way he hoped. Onscreen, he plays a six-year-old running away from home—quite an insult for a 12-year-old. Alex has one more

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"Alex 'Skinnybones' Frankovitch is back, this time starring in a TV commercial after sending a prizewinning letter to a cat food company. Alex is signing autographs in preparation for his newfound celebrity, but things don't work out the way he hoped. Onscreen, he plays a six-year-old running away from home—quite an insult for a 12-year-old. Alex has one more chance at fame when he wins a role in A Christmas Carol, but it's as Tiny Tim, not Scrooge as Alex would have liked. As always, Park is laugh-out-loud funny and kids will have a wonderful time with this story."—Booklist.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Borges
This re-issue of a favorite children’s chapter book has a great new cover and maintains the same story. It is the heart-warming story of Alex “Skinnybones” Frankovitch, who is about to become a huge star in his own television commercial. At least that is what Alex thinks! Park, author of the “Junie B. Jones” series, has a writing style that hits young readers right in the funny bone. This book truly makes reading fun because while young readers think it is outrageously hilarious and silly, it is also sensitive and endearing. Skinnybones is a mischievous boy who is fun, slightly irreverent towards adults, and naively arrogant about his ability to become famous. Alex has won a contest that enables him to be in a cat food commercial, and he is sure that this will be his rise to fame and the start of a brilliant acting career. Alex has set his sights on stardom, and he cannot imagine anything else. Yet when Alex’s plans for fame go terribly wrong and his commercial is a flop, readers will be amazed and inspired by how Alex recovers and lets go of his plans and begins concentrating on trying to help his school instead. This is a book which elementary school-aged students will enjoy, and will want to read more from Park’s wonderful “Skinnybones” series (of which this is part). They will relate to this likeable character, and will identify with the challenges Alex faces at home, at school, and with friends. Reviewer: Susan Borges; Ages 8 to 12.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Alex Frankovitch figures that he has finally made it. Having won the National Kitty Fritters Commercial Contest, he hopes to impress the folks back home. At last, he thinks, he will shed his humiliating nickname ``Skinnybones'' and develop a new, more powerful persona through a successful TV career. There is just one hitch: Alex's big break into commercials is as a wimpy, six-year-old weakling, wearing a Davy Crockett cap and pulling a red wagon. To further compound his problems, his nemesis Annabelle Posey is enjoying his discomfort, and Alex can't even land the lead in the Christmas play. This lively sequel to Skinnybones won't disappoint readers; once again, Alex's struggles to reconcile his dreams with the rough realities of middle school are related in a humorous, fast-moving style. Ages 8-12. (March)
Children's Literature - Bonnie Bruneau
Alex Frankovich, aka "Skinnybones," enters a contest as a joke. He gets a big surprise when he actually wins! For his prize, Alex gets to star in his own television commercial. He feels excited because he's going to get the chance to be on national television. Skinnybones believes that his new "stardom" will impress his classmates. Unfortunately, his classmates think the commercial is stupid because the product is cat food. Will anyone join the Alex Frankovitch Fan Club? Find out if Skinnybones will become a celebrity in this amusing book.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6 Alex ``Skinnybones'' Franko vitch returns as a media starin his own mind, at least. Fans of Skinny bones (Knopf, 1982) will remember that Alex, the winner of a cat food contest, was slated to star in a TV commercial. Here Alex prepares for stardom by signing autographs for his highly reluc tant public and by trying to drum up a fan club. Unfortunately, the commer cial brings ridicule rather than fame ; but is Alex daunted? Not hehe only tries harder to impress, with predict ably disastrous results, including a not- so-starring role in the Christmas play. Through it all, he remains a cheerfully unfazed, obnoxious braggart; and what is particularly astonishing is that Park has made Alex a likable character in spite of himself. Once again demon strating her remarkable ear for dia logue, she also shows a good sense of timing in this fast-paced outing. Every child knows an Alex Frankovitch, so this is sure to be as popular as its prede cessor. Kathleen Brachmann, High land Park Public Library, Ill.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394825915
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
10/28/1989
Series:
Skinnybones Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
145,375
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.58(h) x 0.33(d)
Lexile:
620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

BARBARA PARK is beloved by millions as the author of the wildly popular New York Times bestselling Junie B. Jones series, which has been translated into multiple languages and is a time-honored staple in elementary school classrooms around the world. She is also the author of award-winning middle-grade novels and bestselling picture books, including Skinnybones, Almost Starring Skinnybones, Mick Harte Was Here, and The Kid in the Red Jacket. Barbara died in 2013, but her legacy lives on in the laughter her books give to readers all over the world.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Scottsdale, Arizona
Date of Birth:
April 21, 1947
Place of Birth:
Mt. Holly, New Jersey
Education:
B.S., University of Alabama, 1969
Website:
http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/junieb

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Almost Starring Skinnybones 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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Love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Good and very funny "rainy day" book if you get bored a need to read somthing
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I have not read the book but it looks good
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Nice cool asome as cool
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The best book ever!!
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bailey97 More than 1 year ago
ALMOST STARING SKINNYBONES by:Barbara Park

The main character in this story is Aleks. He is one of the kids at school that is a nerd. Well in this story he doesn¿t just stay as a nerd, he becomes cool. He gets to know what it¿s like to be cool, but only for a little bit.
Ok so we know that Aleks is one of the nerds at school now. Well he wins a prize that lets him go on a cat food commercial, called Kitty Fritters. On this commercial he acts like a little kid. The little kid is running away from home and he is taking his cat with him. All he takes is this big bag of Kitty Fritters. Well he makes a total fool of himself trying to put the big bag of cat food into the wagon by falling down. So then the next day at school everyone saw the commercial and everyone was laughing at him all day. In this book it didn¿t say what day and time it was, so I¿m just guessing that every new chapter was a new day.
I liked this book because it was about a kid that had a problem; also Barbara Park makes a lot of good books. In her books you can really picture the story and tell when the story starts to change. The whole meaning of this story is about a kid that is a nerd and keeps making a fool of him every time he tries to act cool. I would recommend this book because it is very detailed, it has good word choice and once you start reading it you can¿t stop.
Some connections that I had were that when Aleks knew he was going to be on TV he acted like he was the best. Also when he made a big mess he blamed it on the cat, now when I do bad things at my house I don¿t blame it on the cat, but I blame it on my brother. =]
Guest More than 1 year ago
Her books are so funny- no wait HILARIOUSLY COMICAL!!! I recommend it to any person who wants to earn a laugh.