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Book Review: Planet Tad by Tim Carvell

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Join Tad as he journeys from the 7th grade to the 8th grade in Tim Carvell’s quirky novel about a year in the life of an average middle schooler. Kidzworld reviews Planet Tad.

Tad's Resolutions

Tad has five New Year’s resolutions this year:

  1. Finish 7th grade
  2. Learn how to kickflip
  3. Get girls to notice him
  4. Start shaving

His fifth resolution is to start a blog, detailing nearly every day of his life for one year. Over the course of the year, Tad gets shot down by a few girls, is forced to participate in his sister’s recital, begins growing a mustache (at least he thinks so) and coughs up over $300 to fix his friend’s dad’s camera.

Strange Wonders of the Universe

He also ponders strange wonders of the universe, like why no one can tell that Hannah Montana is just Miley Cyrus in a wig, or why Luigi never questions why he and Mario are called the Mario Brothers, or why it’s a big deal that Sam won’t eat green eggs in ham in the Dr. Seuss book. Green eggs and ham doesn’t sound like the healthiest meal choice, after all.

The Bottom Line

Planet Tad by Tim Carvell has a similar feel to Diary of a Wimpy Kid. It’s quirky, it’s written in diary format and it has accompanying illustrations. If you love a quick humorous read, you’ll love Planet Tad.

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