My Pants Are Haunted! (Dear Dumb Diary Series #2)

My Pants Are Haunted! (Dear Dumb Diary Series #2)

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by Jim Benton
     
 

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They were just a soft, ordinary pair of thrift-shop jeans until Jamie Kelly tried them on . . . Then they became a tight, scratchy, slightly smelly, and utterly ordinary pair of thrift-shop jeans with an embarrassing haunting problem. Do the pants have the power to soothe a vengeful beagle, vanquish The Prettiest Girl in the World, or make the wearer irresistible to… See more details below

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They were just a soft, ordinary pair of thrift-shop jeans until Jamie Kelly tried them on . . . Then they became a tight, scratchy, slightly smelly, and utterly ordinary pair of thrift-shop jeans with an embarrassing haunting problem. Do the pants have the power to soothe a vengeful beagle, vanquish The Prettiest Girl in the World, or make the wearer irresistible to the eighth cutest guy in the grade? Are the haunted pants so dazzling they can hurt and maybe permanently damage the eyes of onlookers? Or are the haunted pants just, well, haunted (which is kind of gross when you think about it)?

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"Dear Dumb Diary," by Jim Benton (Scholastic, $4.99).
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Middle-schooler Jamie Kelly is mad. She's mad at Angeline, the most popular and prettiest girl in the world (or at least in Mackerel Middle School).
Jamie is mad at the fact that she has to go to middle school in the first place. She's mad at her disapproving parents, and mad at Hudson Rivers (the eighth cutest guy in her grade) for not noticing her. Her only hope is to console in her diary, the one place where she can spill her heart out and draw pictures of how things really look.

"Dear Dumb Diary" (Scholastic, $4.99) by Jim Benton is a look at Jamie's life in her own words. Her adventures include avoiding trouble (or getting into it) with her partner in crime, Isabella; rating people on a "Loser"
scale; dealing with crazy cafeteria monitor Miss Bruntford; and observing and caring for her dog Stinker.

You'll laugh out loud at what this girl has to say.

From Our Editors The Barnes & Noble Review
The hilarious author of the Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist books zaps fans with another new series, this time about a girl braving the trials and tribulations of middle school. Told in knee-slapping diary entries, the first installment of Jamie Kelly's tales begins as "the worst thing that can happen to you in middle school" almost occurs: getting a nasty nickname (for all of you uneducated souls out there). From there, Jamie goes on to describe a schoolmate's misfortune of using ChocoMint lip smacker; her interest in almost-hunk boy Hudson Rivers; and most of all her unkind feelings toward Angeline, a pretty blonde girl who Jamie's sure is "scorpion-like" beneath her sweet exterior. But when a mysterious culprit smacks the school's cafeteria monitor in her "neck blubber" with meatloaf, Jamie takes the heat and winds up almost-pals with Angeline. Jim Benton delivers a wonderfully silly series that combines his knack for knowing what kids love to read with fun illustrations. Young audiences will eat up Jamie's diary descriptions of stealing Angeline's hair out of the wastebasket, her "glazed" cousin, and just about every other crazy event that happens, while parents are sure to see their kids beg for more Dumb Diary books. As the subtitle suggests, we can pretend this never happened, but in reality we're sure happy it did. Shana Taylor

Children's Literature
Jamie Kelly leads the typical, difficult life of a girl in middle school: she gets in fights with her dinosaur-aged mom over fashion; she gets stuck with a series of crummy lab partners when her science teacher uses assigned seating rearrangement as a disciplinary tactic; her dog keeps chewing holes in her favorite (and, more importantly, fashionably acceptable) jeans; and her crush only seems to have eyes for the most beautiful girl in school. But everything changes when Jamie gets a new pair of jeans and her friend Isabelle hatches a master plan to help them rise up the popularity ladder at school. Suddenly, things go from bad to worse! A late-night horror movie reveals the clear cause of all of Jamie's problems—her jeans are haunted! Young readers will enjoy this socially perceptive and entertaining look into Jamie Kelly's middle-school world; presented in diary format, the book presents humorous cartoon drawings on every page, as well as a toy-like features, such as a cut-out cover and a color postcard featuring one of the book's joking illustrations. This second book in the "Tales from Mackerel Middle School" series is sure to provide many laughs at late-night slumber parties, but it provides little in the way of meaningful substance; although Jamie agonizes over her own popularity status at school, she displays a lack of reflectivity and empathy for her peers, offering little in the way of growth for readers. 2004, Scholastic Inc, Ages 8 to 12.
—Meredith Ackroyd

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439629058
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2004
Series:
Dear Dumb Diary Series, #2
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
145,965
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
990L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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