Robert Kimmel Smith began dreaming of becoming a writer at the age of eight, when he spent three months in bed reading while recovering from rheumatic fever. He enrolled in Brooklyn College in 1947, and served in the U.S. Army, in Germany. In 1954 he married Claire Medney, his editor and literary agent. They have two children: Heidi and Roger. After writing advertising copy, Robert Kimmel Smith became a full-time writer in 1970.
Jelly Bellyby Robert Kimmel Smith, Danny Gerard (Read by)
It’s tough for eleven-year-old Ned — or Jelly Belly, as he’s known at school — to stop eating. At four feet eight inches tall, he weighs 109 pounds, and he keeps growing — wider! When his parents send him to a sleepaway diet camp, he and his bunkmates can’t quite give up their old habits. Nightly “cheating” adventures keep the boys plump, betraying their secret trips. When Ned finally realizes there’s only one way to lose weight for good, his whole family is glad to help — except Grandma. Grandma loves to cook for Ned and is hurt when he rejects her treats. Can he resist temptation without hurting his grandma and himself?
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- 5.30(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 9 - 12 Years
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i loved this book. i am 13 and 5 ft tall and used to weigh 250 pounds. i really understood Ned and the ups and downs of being overweight. this book helped motivate me and i have lost 10 pounds in the last year!this book was also very funny. like Ned, I am always sneaking fatty foods!
My name is Billy Micheal De Cruz LXVIII
I read Jelly Belly every year to my 5th grade students. It is extremely relevant to most 'tweenagers' because their bodies are doing some really weird things. It builds a kind of tolerance for other students who are not the perfect body size and shape. Language is risky in a couple of places, but I substitute more acceptable terms. Easy for kids (and former fat kids like me) to relate to in a non-threatening way.
Jelly Belly was a gr8 book and i enjoyed reading about it because it was apropriate in most ways except for a little uncalled for language