Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Review: Egghead/Finicky/Glitch

For the holidays, I'm reviewing a book or series every day from December 1st through 24th.

Today's books are Egghead, Finicky and Glitch, this year's installments in The Aldo Zelnick Comic Novels series by Karla Oceanak, illustrated by Kendra Spanjer, last year's holiday pick for reluctant readers.

Egghead brings us Halloween, Aldo's study of Albert Einstein, and his insistence that he can't learn Spanish. In Finicky, a new policy brings healthy--but terrible tasting--food to the school cafeteria, and Aldo and friends decide to lead a protest.  Glitch brings the holiday season where Aldo learns about Hanukkah and the values of giving and togetherness.

As always, Aldo starts each of these books headstrong and short-sighted, caring primarily about himself, and ends each equally headstrong, but more sensitive and caring to those around him.  His friends and family provide excellent counterpoints when he is setting a bad example, so there's little danger of readers taking away the wrong message.  The illustrations continue their trend of adding humor and occasional insight.  These books also include the series-trademark Word Galleries written in easy-to-understand terms, with Egghead adding a Spanish version as an extra bonus.  That book also includes some DIY science experiments, while Finicky brings some great-tasting healthy food ideas and Glitch suggests some homemade Christmas presents.

These books are recommended for those looking for books with a good lesson that don't hammer it over your head, anyone looking to expand their vocabulary, and older readers who still like a dose of pictures with their books.

The Adlo Zelnick Comic Novels are published by Bailiwick Press and retail for $12.95 a piece (hardcover). I read complimentary copies from the publisher.  You can get yours from Left Bank Books today (see links above)!

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