Saturday, July 4, 2009

Calvin Coconut Trouble Magnet Graham Salisbury

Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet by Graham Salisbury- This is the first book in a wonderful new series. I loved Calvin. Set in Hawaii, Calvin lives with his mom and younger sister, Darci. Calvin's dad left but not before changing the families last name to Coconut for his singing career. Its the end of the summer, Calvin and his friends Julio and Maya are getting ready to start fourth grade. With his dad gone, Calvin has more responsibilities, he has good intentions but sometimes he forgets. He seems to find trouble, like running into the school bully and ruining his shirt. There is so much to love about this book - the very realistic characters, situations and the fun spot on writing. The first chapter will grab many reluctant readers. Calvin and his friends are at the beach watching someone kiteboard. The man asks the three to watch his board. Calvin takes hold of the bar and it catches wind, dragging him down the beach. I really enjoyed Jacqueline Rogers illustrations. I loved the facial expressions on the characters. One of my favorites is of Calvin and Julio after they've gotten out the the garbage can, they were hiding from the bully. When school starts there's a new kid from California, and he's still learning about Hawaii. As he finds out what kimchee and shave ice are so does the reader. One of my favorite characters is Calvin's teacher Mr. Purdy. He very strict but fair and he listens to his students. I highly recommand Calvin Coconut. Ages 8up

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