- Tom Gates: Excellent Excuses (and Other Good Stuff) (Brilliant World of Tom Gates #2)
Tom Gates: Excellent Excuses (and Other Good Stuff) (Brilliant World of Tom Gates #2)
No school for two whole weeks! Now Tom has plenty of time for the good stuff, like finding new ways (so many!) to annoy his big sister, Delia. Or watching TV and eating caramel candy. Or most important, band practice for DOGZOMBIES in his best friend Derek’s garage (while not encouraging Derek’s ’60s-music-crazed dad). All that stands between this band and rock greatness is, well, a song (besides "Delia’s a Weirdo"). And finding a drummer. And landing a gig. Will Tom let a killer toothache and pesky overdue homework get in his way?
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This notebook novel has a lot of fun moments like Tom having to wear teddy bear swim trunks because he has forgotten his own. Rings very true when it comes to the distracted sorts of things that middle grade students do. Love the family dynamic, the scenes at school, and the quirky grandparents.
While this book comes in at over 325 pages, there are about five sentences per page. Perfect for students who don't want to read and are told they MUST read 20 pages a day. I find the rebus-type text difficult to follow, but readers who are fans of Tommy Greenwald's Charlie Joe Jackson, Lincoln Peirce, Watson's Stick Dog, Obert Skye's Pottwerwookie series and Tashjian's My Life as A Book series will love all of the pictures and word art.
I liked this one better than the first, and love the glossary at the back with the Britishisms. If my students must read notebook novels, at least they can read ones that are the British equivalent of Charlie Joe Jackson!
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