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Egghead: Book 5
     

Egghead: Book 5

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by Karla Oceanak, Kendra Spanjer (Illustrator)
 

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It's October, and Aldo thinks he's Einstein. Gloating over his epic first-quarter grades and test scores, he even decides to dress as the iconic scientist for Halloween. But his bubble bursts when he realizes he's not living up to expectations in one class, Español, and that the consequences may be more hurtful than a bad grade on a report card. Is Aldo's

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It's October, and Aldo thinks he's Einstein. Gloating over his epic first-quarter grades and test scores, he even decides to dress as the iconic scientist for Halloween. But his bubble bursts when he realizes he's not living up to expectations in one class, Español, and that the consequences may be more hurtful than a bad grade on a report card. Is Aldo's friendship with his bilingual best friend, Jack, at stake? Egghead is, in part, an homage to Madeleine L'Engle's classic children's novel A Wrinkle in Time, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012. It was a dark and stormy night... Look for enigmatic, éclairs, eureka and lots more fun, challenging "E" words used throughout Egghead!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Greg Heffley and Ellie McDoodle, move over—Aldo Zelnick is here!"  —Mary Lee Hahn, 4th grade teacher and notable children's books committee chair for the National Council of the Teachers of English

"One of the most remarkable things about these books is the voice of Aldo, which rings true from every page. The hilarious drawings enhance the text with jokes and visual humor that make Aldo's personality pop."  —Rebecca McGregor, Picture Literacy, Inc. 

"This is a book that definitely speaks 'kid speak.' The first installment of an A-to-Z series, this is perfect for reluctant readers. It's fun for kids and will be appreciated by parents and teachers for the amusing 'back door' approach to enriching vocabulary. Look out Wimpy Kid!"  —Stacy Morris, Katy Budget Books, Kids' Next Winter 2010-2011 nomination

Children's Literature - Laura Backman
Ten-year-old Aldo thinks he is a fifth grade Einstein and brags about his excellent scores. He even does a report on Einstein and decides to dress in the scientist's likeness for Halloween. But when he gets a "D" in Spanish class and belittles the language in front of his bilingual best friend, Jack, more than just bad grades may be at risk. Spanish class turmoil, best friend friction, and a bit of mystery add to the humor. Egocentric Aldo even learns a few things such as when to apologize and how to improve his grades. Readers will learn a little bit of Spanish, and fun Einstein facts and science experiments are woven into this journal-style story. Aldo's humorous imagination comes through in Spanjer's illustrations and the cover art which is inspired by one of the world's greatest eggheads, Einstein. Oceanic's inclusions of words that start with "E," along with a vocabulary-building glossary at the back add to her unique style and classroom interest. This is the fifth addition to the "Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel" series, which will cover every letter of the alphabet upon completion. It is not necessary to read previous titles in order to enjoy each story. Aldo's difficulties of adolescence in this suspenseful adventure are sure to captivate upper elementary and early middle school audiences. Reviewer: Laura Backman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934649176
Publisher:
Bailiwick Press
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Series:
Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel Series , #5
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,276,311
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
7 - 13 Years

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From the Publisher

"Greg Heffley and Ellie McDoodle, move over—Aldo Zelnick is here!"  —Mary Lee Hahn, 4th grade teacher and notable children's books committee chair for the National Council of the Teachers of English

"One of the most remarkable things about these books is the voice of Aldo, which rings true from every page. The hilarious drawings enhance the text with jokes and visual humor that make Aldo's personality pop."  —Rebecca McGregor, Picture Literacy, Inc. 

"This is a book that definitely speaks 'kid speak.' The first installment of an A-to-Z series, this is perfect for reluctant readers. It's fun for kids and will be appreciated by parents and teachers for the amusing 'back door' approach to enriching vocabulary. Look out Wimpy Kid!"  —Stacy Morris, Katy Budget Books, Kids' Next Winter 2010-2011 nomination

Meet the Author

Karla Oceanak is the author of Artsy-FartsyBogus, Cahoots, and Dumbstruck. A public speaker for childhood literacy, she has been a writer and editor for more than 20 years. Kendra Spanjer is an illustrator whose works include Artsy-Fartsy, Bogus, Cahoots, and Dumbstruck. They both live in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Egghead: Book 5 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
code7r More than 1 year ago
“Egghead” by Karla Oceanak is the fifth book in a series that will eventually cover the whole alphabet. Aldo Zelnick in the narrator. He is 10 years old, very bright, and doesn’t like Spanish. I dislike books that talk down to children. Children are smart and books should treat them that way. Thank goodness Ms. Oceanak agrees with me! This was such a fun book to read. It is fun to “read” Aldo’s journal as he deals with learning Spanish and getting ready for Halloween. The cool thing about this book is that the author likes to put in a lot of words that start with “E,” put an asterisk next to the word, and then put the definition in the back of the book. Along the way we learn a little bit of Spanish. Aldo is an “A” student, except in Spanish where he pulls a “D.” His best friend, Jack, is bilingual and tries to help Aldo. Aldo has a vivid imagination and it shows through all the little drawings and side comments that he makes throughout the book. I would highly recommend this book for kids ages 8 or 9 up. Aldo is a blast to hang out and it never hurts that the reader may learn a few new things along the way. **This book was received for free through Goodreads First Reads. That in no way influenced my review.**