My Buddy, Slug

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Alex and Slug are best friends. They do everything together--morning, noon, and night.

But does being best friends mean you have to be together every second?

Slug seems to think so! Alex tries to get some alone time--at the dentist, at the library, even playing sick--but Slug won't give him a moment to spare. Before long, Alex explodes--and Slug's feelings are bruised. ...

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Overview

Alex and Slug are best friends. They do everything together--morning, noon, and night.

But does being best friends mean you have to be together every second?

Slug seems to think so! Alex tries to get some alone time--at the dentist, at the library, even playing sick--but Slug won't give him a moment to spare. Before long, Alex explodes--and Slug's feelings are bruised. Friendship isn't always easy!

It's time for Alex and Slug to figure out the meaning of "sorry"--and to learn that some folks are friends forever.

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Children's Literature - Vanessa Richardson
This full-color picture book is about true friendship between Slug and a young boy named Alex. After one of their friends moves away, they end up spending time together every day, day and night. Alex tries without success to get some alone time. He finds that he and Slug spend way too much time together and Slug wears out his welcome. Alex ends up saying things he does not mean and hurts Slug's feelings. When Alex realizes how much he actually misses his friend, they make up and realize that sometimes friends need to give each other a little spaceā€”and that true friendship lasts through good times and tough times. The full-color acrylic illustrations are fun and charmingly stylized. Great composition, and the layout of the text works well within the images. This book will keep the interest of the young reader through the simple story, engaging colors, and charming characters.
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Pres-Gr 2-Having a pal like Slug can be too much of a good thing. The big orange creature shows up everywhere, intruding on all of his friend's activities, even inviting himself for dinner and a sleepover. Finally the child screams, "He's ANNOYING-.I'M SICK OF HIM!" Slug, overhearing the outburst, slinks away. The boy soon feels lonely, but after an apology, all ends well. This all-too-familiar theme is given fresh treatment with quirky, cartoonlike illustrations of the giant slug, done in acrylics. Large print makes the book accessible to beginning readers.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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A simplistic but possibly useful tale about mending rifts, illustrated primarily in bright oranges and greens, featuring an everylad with a blabbermouth best bud who looks like a glowing orange Jabba the Hut. "It used to be Slug, Kevin, and me-the unstoppable three. Until Kevin moved away. Now it's just Slug and me . . . all the time," complains the young narrator. At last, the nonstop crowding gets to be too much-but when Slug overhears him fulminating to his Mom and crawls away dejectedly, it isn't long before life seems a little lonely. The boy stumblingly apologizes, explaining that he just needed space. Rather than show some understanding, Slug is immediately all over him once again, and now he shows every sign of enjoying it. Not the most constructive of resolutions, but young readers on the outs with friends might be encouraged to bridge the gap from this simply told episode. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375933424
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/12/2006
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Jarrett Krosoczka is the author of many popular picture books, including Punk Farm, Max for President, Annie Was Warned, Baghead, and Good Night, Monkey Boy. You can learn more about Jarrett and his books at www.studiojjk.com. The author lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2007

    Molly's Reviews

    When first I held up the book my resident critics gave it a disbelieving, sidelong glance and voiced absolute dismay about `A SLUG!¿ `YOU¿RE GOING TO READ A BOOK ABOUT A SLUG,¿ `ISN¿T A SLUG, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THOSE, SLIMY, YOU KNOW, THINGS,¿ was voiced delicately in primordial shriek. I turned the first page and they, fourth grade, Wynona OK school, settled back to listen with as open a mind as they could muster. The class does take their job as critics seriously. Before too many pages had been turned the class was inching forward on the rug, gazing raptly at the book and were obviously drawn into the tale. When I finished the kids agreed `little kids will like it, but they won¿t really `get¿ it.¿ Each of my students thought the book was a good choice for `mature¿ fourth graders as well as the little kids in the target audience, `because it helps us understand more about why our friends get tired of us when we are afraid to give them some space.¿ My Buddy, Slug is a book sure to please the 'read to' crowd of 3 -7s. The book is sturdy, filled with brightly colored pictures and child pleasing setting. The work is a `read with help' for the strong reading 7s and 8s, and is a `read alone,¿ or `I¿ll read to you¿ for the 9 ¿ 10 year old set. When we choose a book to read to younger siblings or to the Kindergarten class we may be forgiven for choosing what some might view as `too young¿ even though we `really like this book.¿

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