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In its Ink Splot blog post on Wimpy Kid Readalikes, Scholastic listed Artsy-Fartsy as one of 13 “other funny books for ages 9-12 about life, school, and just being a regular kid.” Aldo loves hanging out with such primo peers!
Blogger Denise Bloomfield of socalcitykids.com writes that her son loves the Aldo Zelnick books as much as Wimpy Kid because “the series is epic and Aldo is cool.” Here’s their glowing review of Egghead.
Children’s Literature’s review of Egghead notes Aldo’s “humorous imagination” and the book’s “unique style and classroom interest.” Read the full review on barnesandnoble.com.
Even though we can’t read it, we’re very excited. Order your copy here!
We’re uncharacteristically speechless. We were just notified that Dumbstruck and Egghead, the two newest books in the Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel Series, written by Karla Oceanak and illustrated by Kendra Spanjer, have been honored by Creative Child magazine in their 2012 children’s products awards program!
Each year, Creative Child holds a 2-day event is held in Henderson, Nevada, where over a hundred guest reviewers (moms and education professionals) are invited to attend a review event at the local convention center. All products are divided into categories and displayed at various review stations. Guest reviewers are asked to sit and review each products at one station and then move to another station and so forth and so on. A review form is provided to each guest to aid them in evaluating each product. The review forms are to include written comments and a score value based on criteria that corresponds to the product’s category.
Finally all review forms are collected, scores tabulated, and comments reviewed. Finalists are determined for the DVD, CD, Book, Game and Toy of the Year categories. One book in each category is then selected as Book of the Year. Finalists not chosen as Book of the Year for their category receive a prestigious Preferred Choice award.
Look for both Dumbstruck and Egghead to be featured in Creative Child‘s special holiday issue this November!
Looking for something to keep the kiddos giggling, thinking and engaged this summer? Deseret News book reviewer Marilou Sorenson says our new do-it-yourself book for kids, All Me, All The Time: The Authorized Art-O-Biography of ________, “could be the solution for bored summer days or activities for family travel.” See the full review here.
An elementary school librarian who reviews children’s books under the moniker The Styling Librarian had this to say upon discovering Artsy-Fartsy:
“This book was terrific! What a fun read with great illustrations throughout. I can hope that fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Frankie Pickle series can enjoy this book series just as much!”
“This funny and realistic summer vacation tale will delight readers who like stories that are presented in a journal style format. Aldo’s observations about himself, his friends, his family members, and the world in general are deliciously amusing. Readers who have their own (perhaps ambivalent) artistic aspirations will find Aldo’s artsy-fartsy adventures quite revealing,” writes reviewer Marya Jansen-Gruber in her review of Artsy-Fartsy in Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Reviews. “This is the first title in what promises to be a splendid series of books.”
“…hilarious stories, goofy drawings, and even sneaky new vocabulary words. If you are an admirer of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, you’ll adore Aldo Zelnick!” Read the whole post here.
In its May/June 2012 issue, Library Media Connection contained this review by Maureen Mooney, Library Media Specialist at Caroline St. School, Saratoga Springs, New York, of Dumbstruck:
“In the wake of Wimpy Kid and Amelia’s Notebooks, comes Aldo Zelnick. Oceanak has created a funny and lively hero. Aldo writes and illustrates his daily life and admits to being a little bit geeky. In Dumbstruck, part of a series, he meets a deaf student, falls in love with the new art teacher, and tries to come up with an idea for the art contest. The illustrations add to the humor. The cast of characters is a fun mix, including Aldo’s friends and his eccentric grandmother who gives Aldo advice on his art. The book’s Word Gallery contains only words that begin with “D” with Aldo’s witty explanations.”