Earth to Andrew O. Blechman

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Andrew O. Blechman, aspiring comedian, makes a deal with his downstairs neighbor Lou Pearlstein, a former vaudevillian. The special relationship that develops between Andrew and Mr. Pearlstein is especially heartwarming and satisfying.
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Illustrated by Zalben, Jane Breskin NY 1989 Hardcover First Edition Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 0374319162. Jacket lightly scuffed, else a clean, tight copy of this novel ... for young adults featuring Andrew O. Blechman's bargain with comedian Lou Pearlstein to teach him Hebrew while learning Pearlstein's 101 best jokes.; 8vo-over 7?"-9?" tall. Read more Show Less

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Author NY 1989 Cloth-backed Boards First Edition Fine. Fine Dj 8vo Andrew loved pulling pranks and most of all, he loved jokes. In fact, he wanted to be a comedian. When an old ... vaudevillian who used to be the opening act for comedian Henny Youngman offers to trade him Hebrew lessons for his Bar Mitzvah which he never had and in exchange, teach Andrew his 101 best jokes, Andrews jumps at the trade. A wonderfully warm tale set in New York City. INSCRIBED BY ZALBEN. OUT OF PRINT IN HARDBACK. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Andrew O. Blechman, aspiring comedian, makes a deal with his downstairs neighbor Lou Pearlstein, a former vaudevillian. The special relationship that develops between Andrew and Mr. Pearlstein is especially heartwarming and satisfying.
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Zalben's latest novel concerns an aspiring fourth grade comedian whose hero is Henny Youngman. Andrew learned about Youngman from Mr. Pearlstein, an old vaudevillian who lives in the apartment upstairs. Andrew and Mr. Pearlstein make a deal: Mr. Pearlstein will teach Andrew all of his routines, and in return the boy will prepare Mr. Pearlstein for the Bar Mitzvah that the old man never had. Then Andrew learns that Mr. Pearlstein has asked his grandmother for a date--What if they get married? Zalben's story has an interesting premise, but Andrew's character is not genuine enough for credibility. Also, since most of the book's humor depends on delivery, its appeal is somewhat lost on the printed page. While a book depicting realistic Jewish youngsters would be welcome, Zalben's strained efforts have produced disappointing results. Ages 8-12. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374319168
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 10/1/1989
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 150
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Earth to Andrew O. Blechman 3
2 The Green Group 12
3 101 Jokes 21
4 The Offer 29
5 Comedy Correspondence Course 38
6 The First Lesson 53
7 Indoor Noontime 61
8 Phil the Rabbit 72
9 Moonlight Ride 82
10 The Oinker's Party 90
11 The Class Trip 98
12 Our Buried Treasure 108
13 An Archaeological Expedition 116
14 The Consequences 124
15 Stage Fright 134
16 "Take my grandmother, please" 138
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