Apr 28, 2014

My Life as a Book

My Life As A Book

Janet Tashjian

Scholastic, Inc. 


Summer’s finally here, and Derek Fallon is looking forward to pelting the UPS truck with water balloons, climbing onto the garage roof, and conducting silly investigations. But when his parents decide to send him to Learning Camp, Derek’s dreams of fun come to an end. Ever since he’s been labeled a “reluctant reader,” his mom has pushed him to read “real” books—something other than his beloved Calvin & Hobbes.

As Derek forges unexpected friendships and uncovers a family secret involving himself (in diapers! no less), he realizes that adventures and surprises are around the corner, complete with curve balls.


Most parents bribe their kids with food in order to get them to go on the toilet. Derek's mom bribes him with candy in order to get him to read books, "two chocolate chips per page" to be exact. It's not that he doesn't love to read, he just prefers more pictures than words to be on a page in a book of HIS choice. Derek has millions of plans for summer and reading three required books isn't one of them. He'd rather  spend his free time this summer on adventures with his friend Matt or solving the mystery behind the newspaper clipping of a seventeen year old's death in Martha's Vineyard. He wants to make sure this summer is unforgettable. And it will be. Derek will learn that reading about life is actually taking away from living it.  

This book was really neat. I loved seeing Derek's thought processes through his imagination and the reader can see how he feels about his family, friends, and his perspective of circumstances.  Underneath all of his adventures is a caring and compassionate boy who is about to learn that choices have serious consequences.Readers will enjoy the illustrations and relate to him.

Rating: 4/5


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