Calvin Coconut #9: Extra Famous

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There are zombies at Kailua beach!! Well, kind of. Fourth-grader Calvin Coconut and his friends have been recruited by Benny Obi (the boy from Kung Fooey who liked to tell crazy stories and ate bugs) to be extras in his uncle's movie: Zombie Zoomba! And who ends up with an actual part? Calvin's babysitter, Stella.

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Overview

There are zombies at Kailua beach!! Well, kind of. Fourth-grader Calvin Coconut and his friends have been recruited by Benny Obi (the boy from Kung Fooey who liked to tell crazy stories and ate bugs) to be extras in his uncle's movie: Zombie Zoomba! And who ends up with an actual part? Calvin's babysitter, Stella.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leona Illig
Fourth-grader Calvin, who lives in Hawaii, needs a new bike. But how can he get one if he has no money? Enter his friend Benny Obi and his Uncle, who is making a movie about zombies and filming some scenes on the beach near Calvin's house. With the help of Benny, Calvin and his friends get paying jobs as extras playing ugly, hungry zombies, and Calvin is soon shopping for a new bike. Readers familiar with the Calvin series will know that Calvin has family issues to deal with. His parents are divorced. His father has remarried and lives in Las Vegas. His mother has a boyfriend; and a teenager, who helps his mother run the house and look after Calvin's little sister, lives with them. Two of Calvin's friends, Benny and Julio, are featured in this story. Benny is insecure and tells lies to make people like him; Julio is frustrated with his little brothers. All of this plays against the backdrop of the beautiful Hawaiian scenery and the work that goes into making a movie. The ninth book in the "Calvin Coconut" series, it is told in first person, and contains some black-and-white illustrations. The moral of the story—that everyone has a valuable part to play in life—is demonstrated through the actions of the various characters. While all of the Calvin books are enjoyable, this one seems to lean too much on zombie humor for its comedy. The product placement (e.g., the cereal and grocery store brands) seems unnecessary. Nevertheless, Calvin and his friends deal with real-life problems, and they try to live by values that create happy, healthy lives. In the genre of middle reader literature, that is saying something. Reviewer: Leona Illig
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307930750
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/8/2014
  • Series: Calvin Coconut Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 492,221
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Salisbury

GRAHAM SALISBURY is the author of seven other Calvin Coconut books: Trouble Magnet, The Zippy Fix, Dog Heaven, Zoo Breath, Hero of Hawaii,Kung Fooey, and Man Trip, as well as several novels for older readers, including the award-winning Lord of the Deep, Blue Skin of the Sea, Under the Blood-Red Sun, Eyes of the Emperor, House of the Red Fish, and Night of the Howling Dogs. Graham Salisbury grew up in Hawaii.

JACQUELINE ROGERS has illustrated more than 100 books for young readers. She studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design.  

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