Monday, October 11, 2010

Do You Feel Popular? Well, Do Ya?



From Goodreads:
Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang are best friends with one goal: to crack the code of popularity. Lydia’s the bold one: aspiring theater star, stick-fighting enthusiast, human guinea pig. Julie’s the shy one: observer and artist, accidental field hockey star, faithful recorder. In this notebook they write down their observations and carry out experiments to try to determine what makes the popular girls tick. But somehow, when Lydia and Julie try to imitate the popular girls, their efforts don’t translate into instant popularity. Lydia ends up with a bald spot, their parents won’t stop yelling, and Julie finds herself the number-one crush of Roland Asbjørnsen. Worse, they seem to be drifting farther and farther from their goal—and each other. Amy Ignatow’s hilarious debut novel introduces the intrepid fifth-graders Julie and Lydia, whose quest to understand popularity may not succeed in the ways they want, but will succeed in keeping readers in stitches.
From Me:
This book is adorable! If you are looking for something to hook kids who enjoyed Diary of a Wimpy Kid, look no further. Even my son loved this book (though he may deny it, since he said it's "a girly book" Ha Ha). I loved it, my kiddos loved it, and even several of my high school girls have now read and enjoyed it. It's too funny and colorful and adorably memorable NOT to love. If you know any girl readers (or boys in love with Wimpy Kid), I would recommend adding this to your Christmas shopping list. I'm buying a copy for my niece.
Okay, spill it! What are some "don't miss" books on your shopping list?
And yes, I probably will ask you again before Christmas. Is that a problem?!

Special thanks to Laura @ Abrams books

14 comments:

Jana said...

You get your very own SIGNED copy of Magnificent 12. My first winner didn't get back to me, so it was onto the second place! I will have to read The Popularity Papers (and order them for my library!).

Laura Marcella said...

Ooo, thanks for this review! I'll have to buy it for my 10-year-old niece. Thanks for the suggestion!

Jennie Englund said...

Those characters are ADORABLE with their big old eyes and smiles!

Susan R. Mills said...

That looks so good. Must pick that one up!

Lenny Lee! said...

hi miss shannon! yep it sound pretty girly for sure. but i like how it sound like lots of fun stuff so it could be something i could like to read. yikes id have to hide it cause my brothers for sure would tease me but i could say its my sisters book. that one good thing for having a sister.
...hugs from lenny

MT said...

Aha! A great new middle grade suggestion. Thanks! I'll be sure to put it on our TBR list. :)

Katie Ganshert said...

I'm reading the Help finally, and it's every bit as good as people have said it would be.

Raquel Byrnes said...

Always looking for great kid books. Thaks for the review, we'll check it out. =)

Edge of Your Seat Romance

Heidi Willis said...

I have a daughter who loved the Wimpy Kid books, so I may have to get this for her as well! I love great book recommendations.

As for me... I don't have many "don't miss" books for kids. Right now I'm just compiling that grad school list for me. :) Still, for boys, my son is TOTALLY addicted to the Redwall and Guardians of Ga'hoole series.

Jen Daiker said...

How fun!!! I was curious as to what this post was about and I have to say this was such a nice surprise!!! Looks like I'll be picking it up soon! Thanks Shannon!

Stephen Tremp said...

Great review! Best wishes for the success of The Popularity Papers.

Stephen Tremp

Jessie Oliveros said...

I've been trying to read more middle-grade lately, so I'll have to look for that one. On my list? I want to own Anne of Green Gables. I've read it, of course. But I don't own it.

Cleverly Inked said...

so cute, I have a boy though and well he can't read. YET. :)

Shooting Stars Mag said...

this does look really really cute. I've been thinking of checking it out. As for Must-Be-On-Christmas-List books? I normally say YA titles honestly like:

Willow by Julia Hoban

Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert


A good MG and up title would be Trance by Linda Gerber. It's a YA title, but not inappropriate for MG I don't believe.

-Lauren

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