Artsy Fartsy

Artsy Fartsy
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Age Range
8+
Release Date
December 01, 2009
ISBN
1934649058
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Aldo Zelnick is the star of a new comic novel series for children. Ten-year-old Aldo lives with his family in Colorado. He's not athletic like his older brother, he's not a rock hound like his best friend, but he does like bacon. And when his artist grandmother, Goosy, gives him a sketchbook to "record all his artsy-fartsy ideas" during summer vacation, it turns out Aldo is a pretty good cartoonist. In addition to an engaging cartoon story, Artsy-Fartsy includes an illustrated glossary of fun A words used throughout the book, such as absurd, abominable, and audacious. "I am so impressed with Artsy-Fartsy! It is genuinely funny, entertaining, and educational. The personalities of even the minor characters are developed well, and the plot lines all come to satisfying conclusions in an artful way." - Leslie Patterson, author and former children's librarian

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Fun from A to Z!
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Artsy Fartsy, by Karla Oceanak & Kendra Spanjer is a fun, creative, and funny comic novel.


When Aldos artsy fartsy grandmother gives him a new journal to sketch all of his ideas over the summer, Aldo is not exactly sure whether being artsy fartsy is cool or not.

His favorite activities are watching TV, playing video games, and reading comic books and none of those activities require much energy or imagination.

Aldo finally decides he might have just a tiny bit of artsy fartsiness in him and agrees to give the journal a try, but then his neighbor suggests that he should try writing in his sketchbook too! When is a kid supposed to get any time for relaxation over summer break!?

In this first book in the alphabetical comic series we get introduced to the characters, learn a lot of cool new "A" words, and get to solve a mystery with Aldo and his best friend Jack.

This 2009 Book of the Year Award finalist and 2010 Colorado Book Award finalist is sure to appeal to graphic novel lovers and Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans.

I cant wait to read the next book&Bogus!
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Reader reviewed by Julie M. Prince

For those book lovers who favor Wimpy Kid, here's another comic/sketchbook style tale you can sink your teeth into.

10-year-old Aldo Zelnick uses the new sketchbook his grandmother, Goosy, gave him to narrate his summer activities--from avoiding baseball practice to swimming pool contests with his best friend.

Although his activities seem like the every day norm, Aldo manages mischief that keeps readers smiling...including the GIRL who found the secret hiding place in which he keeps his book. And she actually DREW in his own personal sketchbook!

Packed with humor and relatable to any adolescent boy, Artsy Fartsy is well worth a trip to the bookstore, even for the most reluctant of readers!

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