Bogus: Book 2

Bogus: Book 2

by Karla Oceanak, Kendra Spanjer
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Bogus: Book 2 by Karla Oceanak, Kendra Spanjer

Wimpy Kid and Dork Diary fans, meet Aldo Zelnick!

Ten-year-old Aldo Zelnick has decided it’s fun to be artistic, and when his grandma Goosy gives him a second sketchbook, Aldo fills it with more comic drawings, fun words, and accounts of his extraordinary adventures in everyday life.

When Aldo and his best friends, Jack and Bee, find a diamond ring, they can't decide if it’s real or fake; but real or not, they can't seem to hold on to it. As the trio hunts for the misplaced ring, they also learn about other countries and cultures.

This second installment in an A-to-Z alphabet series includes a glossary of words to help kids broaden their vocabulary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934649138
Publisher: Bailiwick Press
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Series: Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 149
Sales rank: 456,156
File size: 10 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Karla Oceanak has been a writer and editor for more than 20 years. She has ghostwritten numerous self-help books and is a public speaker for childhood literacy. Kendra Spanjer is an illustrator and studio artist. They both live in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Bogus: Book 2 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
This funny, fiction book starts when a boy named Aldo Zelnick and his best friend, Jack, find a mysterious ring. Aldo thinks it is a bogus ring, but when they accidentally lose the ring, they find an article in the newspaper about a lost diamond ring fitting the description of the ring they found. They discover that the ring was a real diamond ring and there’s a big cash reward for its return! There is a race to find the ring…before Tommy Geller, the neighborhood bully, does. Will they find the ring? Or will Tommy Geller get to it first? Throughout the book, Aldo, who got a sketch book from his grandma, creates a comic strip about a superhero named Bacon Boy. He does this to make himself rich and famous like Charles Shultz, the creator of The Peanuts. Bacon Boy’s adventures are humorous and come with other silly characters. I think others ages 6-12 would like this book because it is a comical book. It has wonderful, black-and-white illustrations. The book has fancy vocabulary words and includes a dictionary in the back to help explain what the words mean. I give this book five stars because I think this book is really funny, makes me laugh, and has a bit of mystery, which I love. review by Lila H., age 9, Central PA Mensa
JJ25 More than 1 year ago
Highly Recommended, you must check it out! The fam loves them :)(11,8,and 5 year old) They can't wait to meet you, Karla Oceanak. We plan on coming to the reading program through the LINC Library Program(Read S'more Books) I had some sketch books laying around and each gave them one so they can have their own Artsy Fartsy sketch/comic books for the summer. Bogus is also Great, they loved them both. :):):):):) Five Stars!
doodles75 More than 1 year ago
My 9 year old son is LOVING both books in this series. He can not wait for 'C' to come out. We read it together before bed and we laugh and learn new vocabulary, all while having fun!! We highly recommend the book and I have been telling all my 'mom' friends how wonderfully clever they are!
crhCH More than 1 year ago
Read it all in one sitting as I couldn't put it down! Looking forward to this spring's release of Aldo's next adventures!
bookbound More than 1 year ago
I teach 4th- and 5th-grade reading and think the new Aldo Zelnick comic novel series is funny and smart, as do many of my students. I've also heard positive reviews from other teachers whose students are enjoying this book. From my experience, I know that students from second through fifth grade and reluctant to voracious readers are all enjoying Bogus. In Bogus, Aldo Zelnick and his best friend Jack find a diamond ring. Aldo thinks it's bogus, and Jack - rock hound extraordinaire - thinks it's real. Aldo loses the ring, finds it, then loses it again before discovering there is a $1,000 reward for the ring, which may not be bogus after all. Meanwhile, Aldo's friend Abby is collecting money for children in Bhutan, but Aldo would rather buy Slushies with his allowance. There is so much to recommend Bogus, from Aldo's quirky charm to the adventure-filled plot to the appealing illustrations. The vocabulary and moral are just icing on the cake - but buttercream, without artificial flavors to make them unappetizing. Aldo is a realistic ten-year-old boy whose charm often lies in his lack of perfection. Most of us can relate to a character who would rather eat home-baked goodies and buy himself treats than exercise and donate his money to charity. It is hard to be good. Aldo always ends up having many fun adventures as the primary problem is solved, whether he is relaxing in his tree fort with friends or going to see the Buddha statue at the Great Stupa (not the Great Stupid, as he first thinks). And, yes, Aldo does look for the ring in dog poop. (And, yes, it is funny, made even more so by the illustrations, including a map.) Speaking of illustrations, they are every bit as appealing and essential as the text. They do more than complement the text; they add another layer of meaning. The characters' expressions, especially, are priceless. In addition, the illustrations provide humor through the literal interpretation of idioms (keep your eyes peeled) or expressions (last one there is a dung beetle) and "hidden" pictures of the feature letter. Last, the vocabulary in the Aldo books is truly fun because the words, which are in a glossary, are defined by Aldo. Thus, "ballistic" means "crazy upset," "bludgeon" is "smash with a club. Ouch," and "breakdancing" is "a kind of dancing that is way too athletic and tiring" (this is, after all, Aldo writing the definitions). Do yourself or a child you love a favor and buy a copy of Bogus - especially if that child ever read and enjoyed Captain Underpants, Ricky Ricotta, Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, or any other comic novel series. Aldo is a more positive character than these, yet the stories, characters, and illustrations will engage children just as much if not more.