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My Big Mouth: 10 Songs I Wrote That Almost Got Me Killed
     

My Big Mouth: 10 Songs I Wrote That Almost Got Me Killed

by Peter Hannan
 

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A hilarious illustrated novel by Peter Hannan -- writer, artist, & producer.

Davis Delaware is not from Delaware. But try telling that to everyone at his new school. When you move in the middle of ninth grade, people are going to think whatever they want about you. If they pay attention at all.

Blending in is fine with Davis. He just wants to doodle in his

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A hilarious illustrated novel by Peter Hannan -- writer, artist, & producer.

Davis Delaware is not from Delaware. But try telling that to everyone at his new school. When you move in the middle of ninth grade, people are going to think whatever they want about you. If they pay attention at all.

Blending in is fine with Davis. He just wants to doodle in his notebook. Make a few friends. Not rock the boat.

Easier said than done.

Because when he starts a band called The Amazing Dweebs with beautiful Molly and nerdy Edwin, Davis rocks the boat big-time. And all that rocking gets the attention of school bully Gerald "the Butcher" Boggs. Now Davis is suddenly king of the school -- and the Butcher's next target.

This can't end well.

This illustrated middle-grade novel from CATDOG creator Peter Hannan is packed with doodles, song lyrics, notebook pages, a mini flip book -- and lots of laughs.

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Praise for Peter Hannan:

"The creator of Nickelodeon's CatDog sets his Super Goofballs series into super silly, sophomoric motion, starring characters with names that tell readers all they need to know....Hannan's copious cartoons chronicle these zany antics...."
--Publishers Weekly review of Super Goofballs #1

Children's Literature - Myrna Dee Marler
Fourteen-year-old Davis Delaware is the new kid in ninth grade, and everyone assumes he is from Delaware because of his last name. In truth he's from New York, and his mother just died, and he had a disastrous history in his previous junior high school. Now he's trying to make a new start, but his first big mistake is falling in love with Molly, who is the girlfriend of the testosterone-charged school bully. Davis has an unfortunate problem with a runaway mouth, which says things that get him into trouble. He also keeps a subversive notebook full of unflattering cartoons of his enemies and teachers and song lyrics. He soon finds himself organizing a band called "The Amazing Dweebs" and Molly has agreed to be the singer. However, the course of true love, especially in junior high school, never does run smooth, and so Davis is soon beset with threats to his personal body from Gerald the evil bully. He also is faced with an English teacher who mistakenly believes Davis is the next poet laureate, Molly who seems to like him but whom he must repel in order to ensure his own safety, a father still grieving over the death of his mother, and that notebook that has gone missing. Then, he gets sick on the night of his first big performance and can hardly croak out a word, let alone sing. How all these and other problems are resolved make for an amusing read, complete with the author's own sketches of classmates, bullies and teachers. Because of its humor and illustrations, it is probably an especially good book for reluctant readers. Reviewer: Myrna Dee Marler
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—Hannan's abundant cartoons set the tone for the misadventures of Davis Delaware, the new kid in ninth grade. Davis's attempts to blend in quickly land him on the wrong side of school bully Gerald "the Butcher" when he forms a band with Gerald's cute girlfriend, Molly, and her dweeby friend, Edwin. Stock characters of clueless parents and hapless teachers will be familiar to most readers, as will scenes of typical high-school high jinks: cafeteria food-throwing, locker troubles, and gym-class peril. Occasionally, Hannan breaks the surface with welcome insights into Davis's feelings: the recent death of his mother gives him a mature perspective on coping with Gerald and how to face a challenge he would rather avoid. A disastrous father-son camping trip ends on a hopeful note when the two are able to share their grief in a comical manner completely in keeping with their characters. Hannan's edgy, exaggerated style suits the humor-driven narrative well. Give this to readers who enjoy light, entertaining realistic fiction.—M. Kozikowski, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545162104
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,361,984
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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Peter Hannan is the creator of the extremely successful CATDOG animated series on Nickelodeon. He oversaw all stages of production, and even sang the show's theme song! Peter has been in licensing for many years, and his wit, creativity, and commercial sensibility are unmatched. He is also the author and illustrator of the Super Goofballs series for HarperCollins. He lives in California.

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