I Am So Over Being A Loser

I Am So Over Being A Loser

Book - 2013
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Barry's mum has become a bit of celebrity, and now he can't go anywhere without seeing a poster of her eating a chocolate digestive or wiggling her bum in a pair of jeans. It's so annoy-embarrassing, and everyone at school is making fun of him. But you can't keep Barry down for long...With the help of his napkin collection, new girl Nancy Verkenwerken and a snail called Snailypoos, Barry is determined to prove once and for all that he is not a loser.
Publisher: London : Jelly Pie, ©2013
ISBN: 9781405260336
Branch Call Number: SMITH
Characteristics: 238 pages : illustrations

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mmcbeth29
Aug 18, 2014

First, understand I am coming from the perspective of an adult who is a former teacher and a children's author. That being said, I could not like this book. First, because the author uses so much slang I had to work ten times as hard to understand the story line. I cannot see this as being easy to read for grades 2-4 as this book is advertised for. Second, there was a lot of meanness throughout the whole book. As a matter of fact is seemed the book was centered around it. Even Barry Loser is mean to his friends by wacking them in the head and making fun of them. I might expect some of this behavior from middle school, but not elementary age students.
This series won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. I can see a lot of Roald Dahl wackiness and silliness throughout the book. But the enjoyable story line is just not there. Instead, Barry is mean to people, people are mean to him, Barry complains a lot and gets into trouble. I could not finish the last few chapters because I read all I could take.
Would I recommend this book? NO. Elementary age students would not build reading vocabulary from it and it is a bad influence. I feel the tone is set more for middle school age students.

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Aug 18, 2014

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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