My Life as a Cartoonist (My Life Series #3)

My Life as a Cartoonist (My Life Series #3)

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Overview

My Life as a Cartoonist (My Life Series #3) by Janet Tashjian, Jake Tashjian

There’s a new kid in Derek Fallon’s class. His name is Umberto and he uses a wheelchair. Derek’s family is still fostering Frank the monkey, and Derek thinks it would be great to train Frank to assist Umberto. But Derek quickly realizes that Umberto is definitely not looking for any help. Derek soon becomes the butt of Umberto’s jokes. On top of that, Umberto starts stealing Derek’s cartoon ideas and claiming them as his own. How did Derek get himself into this mess, and how can he find a way out before he is the laughingstock of school? The answer may very well be his cartoon strip—SUPER FRANK!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805096095
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Series: My Life Series , #3
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 266,323
Product dimensions: 5.78(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.94(d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Janet Tashjian is the author of many popular novels including My Life as a Stuntboy and My Life as a Book, both illustrated by her son, Jake Tashjian; as well as The Gospel According to Larry and For What It’s Worth. She lives with her family in Los Angeles, California.

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Super Frank!

 

improved

“That’s great!” my dad says as he puts the comic strip down. “Your drawings have really improved.”

I look over my father’s shoulder and examine my work. “No matter how long I work on it, my printing still looks like I’m in second grade.”

professional

“It takes a lot of practice for lettering to look professional.”

As if that’s any kid’s idea of fun—sitting around on a sunny afternoon filling notebooks with row after row of straight block letters.

flattered

My father closes the cover of the pad and hands it back to me. “Too bad Frank doesn’t know he’s the star of your comic strip. He’d be flattered.”

Dad doesn’t realize I’ve already shown Frank my drawings. It may be my imagination but by the way my capuchin monkey jumped up and down, I think he WAS flattered.

“Mac and cheese with stewed tomatoes,” Mom calls from the kitchen. “Wash up and come to the table.”

cringe

My father and I look at each other and cringe. “Why does she take something perfect like macaroni and cheese then throw something terrible like stewed tomatoes in to wreck it?” I ask.

“You know how Mom likes to sneak healthy food into everything,” Dad whispers back. “But I have to agree with you—it’s a crime to mess with mac and cheese.”

inadvertently

As I put away my pad, I realize Dad’s inadvertently given me the plot of my next comic strip: SUPER FRANK VS. THE WOMAN WHO WRECKED MAC AND CHEESE.

I can’t wait until Ms. McCoddle’s class tomorrow to start working on it.

 

Text copyright © 2013 by Janet Tashjian

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My Life as a Cartoonist 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
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BOSS BOOK
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A good book. I like the series
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this is one of my favorite books I have ever read.
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smg5775 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy this series as it follows Derek on his junior high adventures. This time Derek is leading a cartoon club at school. A new kid transfers into his school and makes Derek's life miserable. If Derek retaliates he looks like the bad guy. Derek and Umberto have to come to a compromise over their problem. I like Derek. The drawings are still in the margins for words he does not understand. Sometimes their definitions are broad but make the point. I enjoy learning more about capuchin monkeys and how they are used as animal assistants for people with disabilities. Bullying is the topic but it is not preachy about it. It does show how bullies come in all shapes and sizes and how perceptions come into play. I was on Derek's side the whole way but since he was always caught retaliating or getting mad I could see where the other people were coming from. I hope there will be more books in this series because it is one of my favorite youth series.
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If you are waitin to read this, you should!!!!!!! The boy has been trying to be a cartoonist but he does 35% good! Not wanting to spill the beans so... you would want to read h book!!! READ THE BOOK!!! I promise you will love it! P.S. sorry so many explimation marks! My
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