Monday, February 10, 2014

Book Review: Ignoramus by Karla Oceanak and Illustrated by Kendra Spanjer

Book received at no charge to facilitate review.

If it's not bad enough to have a middle name of Valentine in honor of the day he was born, Aldo Zelnick thinks it is worse to have a birthday on Valentine's Day. At 11-years-old, pink hearts, lace and getting lovey dovey tops the list of the all time worse things a boy would have to experience on his special day.

This year, Aldo refuses to let pink, romance, and girls ruin his party. He plans what may be the coolest party ever with hot wings, video games, wrestling, and if that wasn't enough, shooting bows and arrows for the main attraction.  

Everything goes as planned until his friend, Bee, who is a girl, decides she wants an invation to his party. This proves to be more than a minor inconvenience to Aldo who stands by his decision to only invite the guys. When he loses a contest to Bee, he gives up his sketchbook rather than let her crash his party. 

Much to the reader's amusement, Aldo must get himself out of the mess that ensues. It's called a comic novel for a reason and while humor spills from every page, Aldo learns a valuable lesson about friendship as well. The Aldo Zelnick comic series aims to tickle the reader's funny bone with a volume from every letter of the alphabet. Besides Ignoramus having plenty of side-splitting moments, the introduction of "I" words help build an impressive vocabulary. The comic illustrations add an array of fun. A must read for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Rating: Recommended ★★★★☆

Publishing Information

Publisher: Bailiwick Press (Dec. 2013)
Pages: 150
ISBN: 978-1934649411   
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**I received the book at no charge from the publisher to facilitate my review. As always, I retain the right to give a fair and honest review.**


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