Bruno for Real

Bruno for Real

by Caroline Adderson, Helen Flook
     
 

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Seven-year-old Bruno is back and tackling problems with his trademark originality. He defeats hiccups. He trades his mother for a new hat. He skillfully avoids math. And thanks to his special Flutter Kick, he easily advances to the next level -- in swimming and in life! Bruno is ready for any challenge as he learns all there is to know about being a boy.  See more details below

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Seven-year-old Bruno is back and tackling problems with his trademark originality. He defeats hiccups. He trades his mother for a new hat. He skillfully avoids math. And thanks to his special Flutter Kick, he easily advances to the next level -- in swimming and in life! Bruno is ready for any challenge as he learns all there is to know about being a boy.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Paula K. Zeller
Bruno was first introduced in Caroline Adderson's I, Bruno. In this sequel, the second-grader has a series of adventures, culminating in a summer vacation during which he learns "all he needed to be a boy." In the first, and most satisfying, chapter, Bruno has trouble falling asleep and gets a bad case of the hiccups. The resolution of the latter creates a new problem for his parents, and illustrations by Helen Flook add to the fun. Bruno's further escapades include his efforts to be "bad" including the refusal of goodnight and goodbye kisses from his mother, and his chance to re-celebrate his seventh birthday long after the actual day, thanks to his mother's reluctance to acknowledge her own birthday. Subsequent chapters have Bruno learning the art of the swap; advancing in his swimming level and his resulting ambivalence about advancing "in life"; and finally, relishing his summer vacation at the cabin. Bruno has some endearing quirks, such as his penchant for collecting pencil shavings, and his refusal to eat all things green. Descriptions of his efforts to fall asleep—including counting sheep that look like "little clouds with legs" that roll into a "wooly heap"—are vivid and funny. The dialogue and situations generally are spot-on for a seven-year-old, although the book might feel too young for older readers. Reviewer: Paula K. Zeller
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"Young readers will enjoy Bruno's funny stories, short chapters and cartoon illustrations."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
"With a teacher who turns any conversation into a math lesson, Bruno tackles daily life with a great sense of humor and originality. Cartoonish pen and ink drawing complement the silly tone and create an appealing transitional chapter book."
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"Bruno has so much personality he almost leaps off the page, and the energy of the book marches its main character. Bruno's hijinks are entertaining and true to life, with every chapter acting as a fast-paced, self-contained story...Highly recommended."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554695836
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Series:
Orca Echoes Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
Lexile:
380L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Read an Excerpt

"Where did you get that funny hat?" Mom asked him.

"I swapped for it," Bruno told her.

Dad looked proud. "Did you? What did you swap?"

"I swapped Mom."

Mom put down her fork. Her face turned white.

"Don't worry," Bruno told her. "I got you back."

Dad said, "Thank goodness! I like your mother."

"Me too," said Bruno. "I like her so much I swapped my plastic teeth to get her back again."

Meet the Author

Caroline Adderson also writes for children and adults and has won two Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes, three CBC Literary Awards, as well as the 2006 Marion Engel Award given annually to an outstanding female writer in mid-career. Her numerous nominations include the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist, the Governor General's Literary Award, the Rogers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.
Helen Flook was born and grew up in the beautiful countryside of Wales. She has worked as an excavator and illustrator on a number of archaeological digs in Britain, France and Germany. She also worked for The Royal Society for the Protection of. In 1995, she moved with her husband and son to Canada. In 2005, Helen and her family returned to Wales and she now lives and works from a beautiful village called Abergwyngregyn.

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