Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker (Teddy Mars #1)
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!
Strengths: Supportive family, realistic problems that are not horribly depressing, and some light humor make this a good choice for younger readers.
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.