Saturday, December 15, 2018

WeirDo (WeirDo #1)

Do, Ahn. WeirDo (WeirDo #1) 
January 29th 2019 by Scholastic Inc.
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

When Weir moves to a new school, he becomes the immediate target of laughter when he explains that his name really is Weir Do, because his mother's maiden name was Weir and his Vietnamese father's last name is Do. He is also stuck with a father who thinks farting is funny, a toddler brother who likes to dunk cell phones in pudding, and an annoying older sister Sally. He has a crush on a girl in his class, Bella, and there are a number of odd and annoying friends in his class. It's not easy to impress Bella, especially when she has to spend the afternoon at Weir's house surrounded by his odd family, but Bella has a good sense of humor and thinks the Dos are funny.
Strengths: Like the British Lyttle Lies and the French My Life in Smiley, this is an interesting take on a notebook novel from Australia. It's short, easy to read, and has very pleasant pictures by Jules Faber.
Weaknesses: This is a little on the young side, with a lot of potty and fart humor, but there is also the crush on Bella, leading me to believe that Australian primary school readers are more romantically advanced or that Australian middle school students are very juvenile!
What I really think: It's a notebook novel. With fart jokes. I'll have to buy a copy, if Follett has a prebind. I'm not buying anymore notebook novels in trade paper-over-board.

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