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Feb 12 2015

Extra weird! by Anh Do

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Ill. by Jules Faber. Weirdo 3. Scholastic, 2014. ISBN 9781743627051
(Age: 8-10) Recommended. Anh Do's wickedly humorous Weir Do returns in this laugh out loud graphic novel. Weir's family members are rather unique characters, Mum's so cheap she tells her children the icecream truck only plays music when he's run out of icecream! Granddad and Dad love hanging like monkeys on the bars, younger brother Roger eats anything: old gum on shoes and worms in the backyard.
Mum's competition wins are unusual, there's the camel's saddle and the anchor waiting for a ship, but it is Dad's dance entry in the Talent Quest that is hilarious. The prize is a year's supply of dog food - of course the Do's don't have a pet dog. Jules Faber's cartoons showcase Dad's quirky moves, there's the worm dance, the horsey, the shopping trolley, changing light bulbs and the snake. Granddad even shares his itchy bottom squirrel steps.
Boy jokes about boogers and farts with gross pictures that add to the fun of reading Ahn Do's junior novel. Soccer fans will love Weir's attempts to gain much-needed skills before the tryouts and his first game. Dad's dance moves come in handy for goalie Weir!
Another funny addition to the Weirdo series, great for reluctant readers and fans of the diary style novel.
Rhyllis Bignell

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