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Alex “Skinnybones” Frankovitch is about to become a huge star—in his very own TV commercial! But Alex’s big plans for stardom go terribly wrong. Are Alex’s days as a Big Celebrity over?

Irrepressible, twelve-year-old Alex is convinced that he will be a star and impress his schoolmates when, as the winner of a cat food essay contest, he is asked to make a commercial for national television.

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Overview

Alex “Skinnybones” Frankovitch is about to become a huge star—in his very own TV commercial! But Alex’s big plans for stardom go terribly wrong. Are Alex’s days as a Big Celebrity over?

Irrepressible, twelve-year-old Alex is convinced that he will be a star and impress his schoolmates when, as the winner of a cat food essay contest, he is asked to make a commercial for national television.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780833549884
  • Publisher: Sanval, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1989
  • Series: Skinnybones Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 108
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 5.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Park is one of today's funniest, most popular writers for middle grade readers. Her novels, which include Skinnybones, Mick Harte was Here, Maxie, Rosie, and Earl-Partners in Grime, Rosie Swanson: Fourth-Grade Geek for President, and The Graduation of Jake Moon have won just about every award given by children. She is also the author of the hilarious and bestselling Junie B. Jones chapter books. Recent books about Junie include Junie B., First Grader (at last!) and Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch.

Ms. Park earned a B.S. degree in education at the University of Alabama. She lives in Arizona with her husband and has two grown sons.

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    1. Hometown:
      Scottsdale, Arizona
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 21, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Mt. Holly, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Alabama, 1969
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    Cool with a good "lesson" *ellie ferrell*

    Good and very funny "rainy day" book if you get bored a need to read somthing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    Have not read

    I have not read the book but it looks good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Cool alex

    Nice cool asome as cool

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Great!

    The best book ever!!

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  • Posted December 2, 2008

    i am a 6th grade student in mountain shadows elementary school

    ALMOST STARING SKINNYBONES by:Barbara Park<BR/><BR/> 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.<BR/> 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.<BR/> 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. <BR/> 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. =]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2004

    BARBARA PARK ALWAYS DESERVE 5*****

    Her books are so funny- no wait HILARIOUSLY COMICAL!!! I recommend it to any person who wants to earn a laugh.

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