Just One Thing! (英語) ハードカバー – 2016/9/28
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While Anthony Pantaloni tries to figure out his one talent before he leaves fifth grade, he must deal with a new nickname, an annoying cousin, and his father's new girlfriend.
Nancy Viau is the author of several picture books and a middle grade novel, Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head. Timothy Young is the author/illustrator of six picture books including I Hate Picture Books! and The Angry Little Puffin.
Ant, otherwise known as Anthoni Pantaloni, has managed to maneuver his way from being stuck underneath a dark cloud. . .until he hits the fifth grade. Thrust into the new nick-name 'Antsy Pantsy', Ant struggles to find his identity while dealing with a frustrating cousin, his father's new romance and a mom who appears to be fading out of existence in some far away place named Paris, France.
This book had me and my son smiling and giggling the entire way through. Ant is an average boy stuck in an unfortunate situation, but not one that surpasses reality. His problems are fairly normal, but mount from one moment to the next. Most of it isn't his fault but still, he has to deal with the fall out. It's easy to feel for him and understand the problems he's going through. Although many situations are giggle worthy, the meaning and reality behind them still hit home. Life isn't easy and problems aren't always simple to solve. Still, there's a lovely dosage of hope and the encouragement that help sometimes comes from the most unexpected places. It's these moments which bring forth those fuzzy warm feelings and make it a read to enjoy.
One of the best things about this book are the illustrations/doodles. Simple sketches decorate every few pages, illustrating what Ant is doodling himself. They're funny and chucked full of imagination. As an extra bonus, there's a blank page at the end of some of the chapters, which invites kids to leave their own doodles.
The messages in this book are clear (learning to love yourself, friendship, understanding, never giving up, etc) but they are weaved masterfully into the story insuring that they never feel preachy.
Summed up, this is a fun read for kids ages 8 to 12 with tons of good things. The illustrations and invitation to add own doodles catches the attention and draws in. And the short length of 144 pages is just right to catch the eye of reluctant readers too.
I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed it so much that I wanted to leave my thoughts.
All his friends are known for something, whether it be: a great athlete, having the cranial smarts, being horse obsessed or even, yes, bullying... but for the life of him he can't find his own thing. He really puts an effort into the search and tries to discover his hidden talent but it has never surfaced.... not yet.
He not only has that worry to contend with but his outgoing cousin who is living with him because her parents are deployed drives him nuts at home and his dad is dating his teacher.... Oh my! How much can one kid take? He just can't seem to get a break in life.
This book is perfect for that targeted age group. At this stage in life kids are trying to figure out who they are, what they have a bend towards, and where they want to go in life. The book talks about the frustrations and challenges that life unleashes and how with perserverance and a little help from friends and family you can make it through successfully. Will Anthony be successful and become all he is created to be?
There are pages at the end of each chapter which enable the reader to journal, doodle and respond to the storyline. The entire book is narrated through the eyes of Anthony and his doodles comprise the illustrations making this a fun twist on traditional picture books. This unique feature expresses and augments the "one thing" of the character and brings Anthony alive. Very, very cool idea indeed. I highly recommend this book.