Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker (Teddy Mars #1)

Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker (Teddy Mars #1)
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Age Range
8+
Release Date
March 24, 2015
ISBN
9780062278104
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Fans of Jeff Kinney's humor and Sharon Creech's heartfelt stories will love this hilarious new series about a ten-year-old boy from a big family who dreams of making it into The Guinness Book of World Records.

Teddy Mars is determined to stand out in a world full of wonders and a house bursting with siblings. With the help of his best friends, Teddy tries to build the biggest snow mound, stuff the most grapes in his mouth, and lift a chair with his teeth. He'll do anything to succeed—even if it means sleeping in a tent and cleaning up pigeon poop for Grumpy Pigeon Man. Too bad his pesky little brother, also known as The Destructor, always wrecks Teddy's record-breaking plans!

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Pigeons and backyard camping!
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Teddy has a large family, and the children are all very individual. Teddy's interests are Star Wars and the Guinness Book of World Records, which he eagerly peruses with his friend Lonnie. He's NOT a fan of his young brother Jake, who does disgusting things like climbing into Teddy's bed... with wet pajamas. Teddy gets a tent for his birthday and decides to move into the yard to live, and his parents, who have to look out for the interests of six children, let him. He finds an unlikely ally in Grumpy Pigeon Man, a next door neighbor who hires Teddy to take care of his pigeons, giving Teddy much needed cash to outfit his new home. Teddy goes through the year putting up with his family, trying to break records, and trying to stay out of trouble at school.
Strengths: Supportive family, realistic problems that are not horribly depressing, and some light humor make this a good choice for younger readers.
Good Points
Teddy is very passionate about his attempts at world record breaking, and his family is very supportive of them. It's fun to read about children who have specific interests, not matter how wacky they are.

The characters are well developed, and Teddy's relationship with his "grumpy" neighbor as he cares for the man's pigeons is nice to see. All too often, today, people don't know their neighbors, much less help them out, so this might encourage young people to be more involved in their environment.

Readers who like notebook novels of any description, or who ask for their own copies of the newest Guinness Book of World Records, will follow Teddy's attempts to break funny records with glee.
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