Cahoots

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As summer draws to a close, 10-year-old Aldo Zelnick travels to the Anderson farm in Minnesota for a family vacation. Aldo’s mom is eager for him to experience her favorite childhood pastimes such as shucking sweet corn, milking cows, gathering eggs—and best of all—enjoying fresh air and living off the land. But Aldo suspects that farm life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and his worst fears are confirmed. The rooster wakes him at dawn, the chores exhaust him, and the cousins—identical twin pranksters—are in ...
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Overview


As summer draws to a close, 10-year-old Aldo Zelnick travels to the Anderson farm in Minnesota for a family vacation. Aldo’s mom is eager for him to experience her favorite childhood pastimes such as shucking sweet corn, milking cows, gathering eggs—and best of all—enjoying fresh air and living off the land. But Aldo suspects that farm life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and his worst fears are confirmed. The rooster wakes him at dawn, the chores exhaust him, and the cousins—identical twin pranksters—are in cahoots against him. Even the creepy old portrait of his great-grandfather seems to be watching these shenanigans from the frame on the wall. Aldo must endure all this without the consolation of TV or computers, because the farm is (gasp!) technology free. The humorous plot turns and lively drawings in this book will captivate both enthusiastic and reluctant young readers. This third installment in an A-to-Z alphabet series features a vocabulary-building glossary of cool words starting with the letter C, including conniption, charisma, and cattywampus.
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"A wonderful series that boys will enjoy. . . . You will laugh out loud - I guarantee it." —Becky Bilby, www.inthepages.blogspot.com (April 2011)

"If you haven't seen this middle grade series yet, then I definitely suggest you do -- and soon! The books are full of laughs and also help kids learn some new vocabulary words. What a great combo!" —Julie Peterson, www.bookingmama.net (April 2011)

"The funniest book in the series so far!" —Mary Lee Hahn, www.readingyear.blogspot.com (May 2011)

"Third volume in a zany alphabetical title series . . . full of wild and crazy moments and experiences." —www.midwestbookreview.com (May 2011)

"A must for your elementary school reader." —www.thereaderscove.com (April 2011)

"A blend of a graphic novel and a journal, this series can be used for building a glossary of words with the same initial letter. . . . Featured words have an asterisk in the text and are defined in the gallery at the back. This gimmick does not get in the way of the enjoyment of the story." —School Library Journal (November 1, 2011)

Children's Literature - Susan Borges
This unique and zany comic novel will appeal to young readers because of its humor, creativity, imagination, and convincingly expressive black and white sketches. Readers will become instant fans of ten-year-old Aldo Zelnick, the main character and narrator of this book, which is the third in a series of action packed alphabetic cartoon stories. Aldo's mom, Claire, has hatched a plan for the entire family to spend a week in Minnesota at Uncle Odin and Aunt Caroline's farm. Aldo thinks this trip is a conspiracy to spend a week with no computers, technology, TV, or video games. The character development throughout this story is enormously creative and young readers will identify with the thoughts and emotions that define each character as the story evolves. Being the third alphabetic comic novel, the word gallery at the back of the book is a "C" gallery and it contains words such as cacophony, capacious, and condiment. The definitions for these "C" words are witty and easily understood and, if readers go to the website address printed on the "C" gallery page, they can listen to the correct pronunciation of the words for better understanding. Readers of this unique book will be entertained and educated as they immerse themselves in each page. Every subject is covered, from science to geography to cooking to Spanish vocabulary, and when Aldo's fourth sketchbook, part of the "An Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel" series, is available in October 2011, readers will be lined up to get it! Reviewer: Susan Borges
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Aldo is a technophile who enjoys playing online sim games. His latest favorite is "Farm Town," which is ironic because a trip to an actual farm is what his parents have planned for their family vacation. This means trading in their electronics for hay baling and butter making but it also seems as though Aldo's twin cousins have it in for him. Are they in cahoots about something? A blend of a graphic novel and a journal, this series can be used for building a glossary of words with the same initial letter. This "C" volume, which comes on the heels of Artsy-Fartsy (2009) and Bogus (2010, both Bailiwick) brings in "cockamamie," "cagey," "calligraphy," and "clomping." Featured words have an asterisk in the text and are defined in the gallery at the back. This gimmick does not get in the way of the enjoyment of the story. An extra bonus is a feature on the word "cryptophasia," also known as "twin speak." This book will appeal to kids not yet ready for the middle-school life portrayed in Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series (Abrams) but who have aged out of the irreverent potty humor of Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" series (Scholastic).—Kathleen Meulen Ellison, Sakai Intermediate School, Bainbridge Island, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934649084
  • Publisher: Bailiwick Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Series: The Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 935,081
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 6.24 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    Cahoots is the Cat's Pajamas!

    The much-anticipated Cahoots is finally out and exceeding all expectations. This time we travel with Aldo all the way to his aunt and uncle's farm in Minnesota, where he's forced to give up his beloved electronics for an entire week. (Yep, I bet you can relate!) While continuing the legacy of Artsy-Fartsy and Bogus with its comedic illustrations and amusing vocab words (like cantankerous, caterwauling, and cockamamie), this book really gives the series a whole new dimension by bringing Aldo and Timothy, former nemeses, into an alliance against their cahootsing relatives. Plus, who can resist a book featuring UnderFlair (the cheerful underwear), cow tipping, and twin-speak? Definitely not me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Cool

    I have not read it but it seems good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2011

    A great continuation of the Aldo Zelnick series!

    If you loved Artsy-Fartsy and Bogus, you'll love Cahoots. Stuck on his aunt and uncle's farm for a week--without technology!--Aldo has to deal with killer chickens, roosters who won't let him sleep, and twin cousins in cahoots against him. Though Aldo isn't able to see the humor in his situation, it rings from every page, delighting readers both young and old. Karla Oceanak has written a wonderfully engaging storyline, and Kendra Spanjer has illustrated the book in such a charming manner. Perfect for children and their parents, Cahoots is a wonderful adventure.

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