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Hardcover • Illustrated chapter book
Published September 2012
For readers 7-13
AR reading level: 4.7; Guided reading level: S (grade 4)
160 pages
ISBN 978-1-934649-24-4

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As Thanksgiving rolls around, Aldo Zelnick—a fifth-grade foodie if there ever was one—is flustered by his best friend Jack's refusal to try new food.

Jack, who famously eats nothing but peanut butter sandwiches for lunch, is so finicky that he's even grown squeamish about Aldo's incessant talk about food. Meanwhile, a family friend has opened a new restaurant, and Aldo, Jack, and Bee are invited for a kitchen tour and cooking lesson and, later, to put their new skills to work by serving the elderly on Thanksgiving Day. All this and flash mobs, freedom fighters, falcons, and all the fiddle-dee-dee and folderol this A-to-Z series is known for.

The humorous plot and lively drawings captivate enthusiastic and reluctant young readers alike. This fifth installment in the series also features a vocabulary-building glossary of fun and challenging words starting with the letter F, such as fluke, frenzy, finagle, and many more.

small_vertumnus.jpg Aldo's idea to fashion a foodie self-portrait came from Guiseppe Arcimboldo, who way back in the 1500s painted lavish, realistic (yet at the same time surreal) portraits of people using fruit, vegetables, flowers, and even fish. Weird, huh?

"I have been a fan of the Aldo Zelnick series since Artsy-Fartsy came out. The students at my school rave about the books, and they are always asking when the next one is coming out. This series is great because of the humor combined with all the wonderful vocabulary words cleverly placed within the story. Keep them coming ladies—great job!" — Sandy Scheirman, elementary librarian

“'Is the book here yet?' asked my son at the end of September, and he added, 'I really wouldn’t mind getting it for my birthday.' Really? An 8 (almost 9) year-old boy saying a book was fine for his birthday? Well, only when it is a book in the Aldo Zelnick series! Finicky continues the laugh-out-loud adventures of 10-year-old Aldo Zelnick as he fights against F.E.A.S.T, the school’s new, healthy-yet pizza-less-lunch program and learns about Giuseppe Arcimboldo, the famous 16th century artist who painted portraits of people from food. My son couldn’t stop laughing! Kids are not only entertained by the characters but they also learn new words. Now, how cool is that?!" — Denise B., SoCal City Kids

"When I am reading an Aldo Zelnick book in RTI for 30 minutes and it is over, I don't want to go back to my classroom. I just wanna keep reading till the end of the book. :( When I'm reading one of the books, I wonder what the next book is going to be like and be called. And somehow I want to keep reading...and I don't like reading. :) " — a student, Indian Community School, Milwaukee, WI

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