Egghead

Hardcover • Illustrated chapter book
Published May 2012
For readers 7-13
AR reading level: 4.6; Guided reading level: S
160 pages
ISBN 978-1-934649-17-6
$12.95

Creative Child magazine Preferred Choice Award 2012
• Moonbeam Children's Book Award Silver Medal 2012—comic/graphic novel

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It's October, and Aldo thinks he's Einstein. Gloating over his epic first-quarter grades and test scores, he even decides to dress as the iconic scientist for Halloween. But his bubble bursts when he realizes he's not living up to expectations in one class, Español, and that the consequences may be more hurtful than a bad grade on a report card. Is Aldo's friendship with his bilingual best friend, Jack, at stake?

Egghead is, in part, an homage to Madeleine L'Engle's classic children's novel A Wrinkle in Time, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. It was a dark and stormy night...

Look for enigmatic, éclairs, eureka, and lots more fun, challenging E words used throughout Egghead!

small_220px-Einstein_tongue.jpg Egghead's cover drawing is Aldo's take on this famous photograph of one of the world's greatest eggheads. Also, Egghead is, in part, an homage to Madeleine L'Engle's classic children's novel, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. It was a dark and stormy night...



“I’ve been waiting for a series to come along that could knock Wimpy Kid off its pedestal as the most popular series in my library. Well, this may be it: the Aldo Zelnick Comic Novels. This is an action-packed alphabet series with laugh-out-loud, smart, fast-moving stories. The slapstick comic illustrations provide spot-on kid humor. ” — Donna Dannenmiller, Teacher-Librarian, Lincoln Elementary, Olympia, Washington

“The key to fostering a love of reading is having books like this! (When) the book arrived, in my mind I put it with the Captain Underpants, Wimpy Kids, or Bad Kitty series. But I was wrong. It may have a look and feel like the others, but it’s truly in a class all its own. My eldest loved this book, and his laughter beckoned to my youngest son, who insisted on hearing the story. Egghead instantly (literally, by the second page) became a group reading activity that drew laughter and increased the enjoyment of our reading sessions. We will be purchasing the other books in this series, and look forward to reading them all!" — Mellissa, on Goodreads

"Filled with many humorous moments, the book is engaging to read and introduces surprising amounts of science information and experiments casually. It is a good example of a writing mentor text with a perfect narrative voice and pictures that tell their own story. A word gallery in English and Spanish at the end of the book lends authenticity to the reading experience." — Rani Iyer, Reading Today Online, International Reading Association

"With plenty of humor and youthful enthusiasm, Egghead is filled with fun illustrations and is an excellent choice for younger readers. Very much recommended." — Midwest Book Review

"I dislike books that talk down to children. Children are smart and books should treat them that way. Thank goodness Ms. Oceanak agrees with me! This was such a fun book to read. It is fun to "read" Aldo's journal as he deals with learning Spanish and getting ready for Halloween. The cool thing about this book is that the author likes to put in a lot of words that start with "E," put an asterisk next to the word, and then put the definition in the back of the book. Along the way we learn a little bit of Spanish. Aldo is an "A" student, except in Spanish where he pulls a "D." His best friend, Jack, is bilingual and tries to help Aldo. Aldo has a vivid imagination and it shows through all the little drawings and side comments that he makes throughout the book." — Heather

"Ten-year-old Aldo thinks he is a fifth grade Einstein and brags about his excellent scores. He even does a report on Einstein and decides to dress in the scientist's likeness for Halloween. But when he gets a D in Spanish class and belittles the language in front of his bilingual best friend, Jack, more than just bad grades may be at risk. Spanish class turmoil, best friend friction, and a bit of mystery add to the humor. Egocentric Aldo even learns a few things such as when to apologize and how to improve his grades. Readers will learn a little bit of Spanish, and fun Einstein facts and science experiments are woven into this journal-style story. Aldo's humorous imagination comes through in Spanjer's illustrations and the cover art which is inspired by one of the world's greatest eggheads, Einstein. Oceanak's inclusions of words that start with "E," along with a vocabulary-building glossary at the back, add to her unique style and classroom interest. This suspenseful adventure is sure to captivate upper elementary and early middle school audiences." — Laura Backman, Children's Literature

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