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Ignoramus: Book 9
     

Ignoramus: Book 9

by Karla Oceanak, Kendra Spanjer (Illustrator)
 

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If there’s a more inopportune date for an elementary school boy to have a birthday than February 14th, Aldo Zelnick wants to know what it is. With his 11th birthday—and Valentine’s Day—fast approaching, Aldo plans a guys-only party with absolutely no pink, lace, or hearts, thank you very much. But what will happen if the girls, who all seem

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If there’s a more inopportune date for an elementary school boy to have a birthday than February 14th, Aldo Zelnick wants to know what it is. With his 11th birthday—and Valentine’s Day—fast approaching, Aldo plans a guys-only party with absolutely no pink, lace, or hearts, thank you very much. But what will happen if the girls, who all seem to have a crush on Aldo’s friend, Danny, crash the party? In this story, told in part by Aldo’s friend-who-happens-to-be-a-girl, Bee, Aldo learns early that love means always having to say you’re sorry. The humorous plot and lively drawings in this laugh-out-loud book will captivate enthusiastic and reluctant readers alike.

This ninth installment in an A-to-Z alphabet series also includes a glossary of fun and challenging “I words,” such as inkling, irk, and impervious.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Greg Heffley and Ellie McDoodle, move over—Aldo Zelnick is here!"  —Mary Lee Hahn, children's books committee chair, 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., on the Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel series

"This book was a joy to read. The text and illustrations are hilarious. Aldo is such a lovable and fun character! A fabulous pick for anyone, especially reluctant reader boys in elementary or middle school!"  —Laura Resau, author, What the Moon Saw and Red Glass, on Artsy-Fartsy

Children's Literature - Renee Farrah Vess
Aldo Zelnick’s 11th birthday is coming up, but his birthday is on girly Valentine’s Day. In an effort to make his birthday all about him and not share it with the holiday, he declares his birthday party to be boys-only and full of guy stuff. But, one of his best friends is a girl, and she doesn’t like being excluded. Part of the “Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel” series, this book is designed as Aldo’s personal sketchbook and journal, where he writes and draws about his life. He’s sharing this sketchbook with his girl friend Bee, who also provides her perspectives and drawings, which gives the story a nice balance. Both sides are believably hilarious and entertaining to read, and the black and white illustrations circling the seemingly handwritten text are fun to look at. Each character has a distinct writing and drawing style, and since there are two sides to every story, the reader experiences Aldo’s wishes for a birthday all his own, but also Bee’s wishes to be treated like the good friend she is. This is a whimsical approach to teach a good lesson about treating friends and family with respect. Reviewer: Renee Farrah Vess; Ages 8 to 12.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934649411
Publisher:
Bailiwick Press
Publication date:
12/15/2013
Series:
Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel Series , #9
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Karla Oceanak is the author of "All Me, All the Time"; "Artsy-Fartsy"; "Bogus"; "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 "All Me, All the Time";" Artsy-Fartsy";" Bogus"; "Cahoots"; and "Dumbstruck." They both live in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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