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Oct 21 2016

Mega Weird! by Anh Do

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WeirDo Bk. 7. Scholastic, 2016. ISBN 9781760159092
(Age: 6-8, 8+ will also enjoy the simple humour!) Highly recommended. Themes: Humour, Family, Asian-Australian perspectives, Friendship, School, Identity. Anh Do does it again! He is a talented author, comedian, artist and television personality and his writing for young readers is spot on!
Another book involving the lovable wise-cracking Weir Do, who is up to the usual joke sharing and simple fun stuff that kids love. Anh Do tells the story of the Street Garage Sale and what that looks like for this Asian-Australian family. Their junk-gathering garage should be a gold mine for the family. Or is it just junk? Weir Do helps his family as they aim to raise some dollars for a very special reason. Along the way he also enters a writing competition and tells very funny jokes.
This is a simple chapter book with cartoon illustrations (and few words) that children love for its simplicity and amusing view of the unpretentious things in life. In addition, this series works for children that dislike or struggle with reading as it gives them a means of engagement with books and the entire series takes very little time to consume as there is probably only as much to read as a typical picture book. An Asian-Australian perspective is also refreshing.
Carolyn Hull

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