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.
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.