You Will Call Me Drogby Sue Cowing
Parker is a normal sixth graderor he was normal before the puppet. It's just an old hand puppet, sticking out of a garbage can, and even though Parker's best friend says leave it, Parker brings the puppet home and tries it on. Or maybe it tries him on. "You will call me Drog!" the puppet commands once they're alone. And now, no matter how hard Parker tries,
Parker is a normal sixth graderor he was normal before the puppet. It's just an old hand puppet, sticking out of a garbage can, and even though Parker's best friend says leave it, Parker brings the puppet home and tries it on. Or maybe it tries him on. "You will call me Drog!" the puppet commands once they're alone. And now, no matter how hard Parker tries, he can't get Drog off his hand. Drog is sarcastic, cruel, unpredictable, and loudeverything Parker isn't. Worse yet, no one believes that Drognot Parkeris the one saying the outrageous things that get Parker into trouble. Then Drog starts sharpening his snarky wit on the most fragile parts of Parker's lifelike his parents' divorce. Parker's shocked, but deep down he agrees with Drog a little. Perhaps Drog is saying things Parker wants to say after all. Maybe the only way to get rid of Drog is to truly listen to him.
The principles and practice of Aikido—and a talking sleeve puppet that won't let go of his hand—help a lad come to terms with suppressed anger over his parents' divorce.
Parker wrongly (or perhaps rightly) considers himself a "pretty happy, pretty ordinary kid" until the decrepit hand puppet he finds in a garbage can not only refuses to come off but delivers ill-tempered insults, often in the hearing of others. The refusal of his parents, his sixth-grade classmates and even his best friend Wren to believe that "Drog" has a mind of its own trigger outsized bursts of rage. Parker finds temporary peace in practicing the inner balance and (accurately presented, if a little too easily learned) harmonizing responses to attacks he picks up at a nearby school of Aikido. Eventually, though, he loses control of his temper and soundly thrashes a bully. Parker's shame ultimately leads to a breakthrough and better self-control. The puppet plays a secondary role to the martial art in resolving Parker's conflict, and though Cowing's efforts to keep who's really doing the talking ambiguous are too obvious, she engineers a cleverly credible way to separate boy and puppet at the end.
Readers might wish for more Drog and less emotional turmoil, but a sturdy debut nonetheless. (Fiction. 11-13)
- Lerner Publishing Group
- Publication date:
- Exceptional Reading and Language Arts Titles for Intermediate Grades Series
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.40(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)
- 600L (what's this?)
- Age Range:
- 9 - 12 Years
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Meet the Author
Sue Cowing grew up in Galesburg, Illinois, home of Carl Sandburg, but she now lives and writes in Honolulu. Her first love was poetry. She has published two books of poetry, Fire In the Sea: An Anthology of Poetry and Art, which she edited, and My Dog Has Flies: Poetry for Hawaii's Kids, a collection of her own, humorous poems. She currently writes primarily children's fiction and has published poems and stories in Cricket and Spider magazines. You Will Call Me Drog is her debut children's novel.
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Very very unexpected about what drog is about to say. Can you handle drog?
That puppet DROG is really creepy! I'd hate to have that mean, green guy gumming on to my hand. Readers will identify with Parker, the 6th grader who gets stuck with him. Author Sue Cowing has come up with a unique concept here. A fun read with an underlying touch of menace - or is that just the effect of DROG's grin?
Should i read this...... seems wierd