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Anastasia Krupnik (Anastasia Krupnik #1)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  11,759 Ratings  ·  371 Reviews
Anastasia's tenth year has some good things, like falling in love and really getting to know her grandmother, and some bad things, like finding out about an impending baby brother.
Paperback, 113 pages
Published November 1st 1984 by Yearling (first published November 30th 1978)
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Jun 22, 2011 Jenne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jf
It's weird, I didn't really think of these books as that funny when I was a kid. Anastasia reminds me a lot of myself at that age, so I probably just thought it seemed normal.

But now! I was reading this at lunch and I had to stop because I kept laughing and my co-workers were staring at me.

For example:
"Anastasia had a small pink wart in the middle of her left thumb. She found her wart very pleasing. It had appeared quite by surprise, shortly after her tenth birthday, on a morning when nothing el
Apr 07, 2011 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juv, audiobook
Rereading Anastasia is like revisiting a place that you didn't quite remember you'd been to, but as soon as you get there everything seems familiar. Mrs. Westvessel, Washburn Cummings, the lists, her mole, her changing relationship with her grandmother, her secret bad thoughts, her poetry outfit. It was all tucked away in some obscure part of my brain, waiting to be rediscovered. I reread the book a few years ago, for the first time since middle school, probably, and listening to it on audio bro ...more
I don't know why I've never read this particular Lois Lowry book (or the entire series for that matter). I love mature little Anastasia with a vocabulary better than mine and self-direction enough to make her own decisions and lists (which are also kept up-to-date). Her parents are equally wonderful, giving their daughter lots of space and consideration, even with the new baby coming. My very favourite part of the book is probably the sharing of the poem Anastasia had taken so much time writing. ...more
Feb 12, 2011 Carol rated it it was amazing
My 7-year-old just read this, so I had to pick it up and and reread parts. It is even MORE awesome than I remembered. How I wish I were as cool a parent as Anastasia's parents.

Also, it inspired my daughter to write poetry. Terrible poetry, but still.
Tricia Douglas
Feb 22, 2014 Tricia Douglas rated it it was amazing
This was the first book in the Anastasia series that was read for the Goodreads children's fiction book club. I don't know why I hadn't read it before. Lowry's ability to describe in depth the life of a ten year old child made the story perfect. Anastasia is very bright for her age, making lists and actually keeping them up-to-date. Her vocabulary is better than some adults and she definitely has a mind of her own. My favorite part was when she had worked very hard on a poem for a class assignme ...more
Beth Bonini
Apr 28, 2012 Beth Bonini rated it really liked it
My oldest daughter adored the Anastasia series when she was in late elementary school, but strangely enough, I've just read the first novel in its entirety. I love the character of Anastasia: she is wholly original, an independent thinker, but also a girl who realistically captures the emotionally "mercurial" state of being 10 years old. So many fictional girls of this age are precocious in the bratty, smart-aleck sense of the word, but Anastasia is pert in a more loveable and unique way.

Mar 23, 2012 Jasmine rated it it was amazing
Just reread this. Such a delightful book, and even though it's copyrighted 1979, it barely feels dated. The only things that do feel dated is that there are things in it that would not fly in childrens books today (like Anastasia's parents letting her have a sip of their wine or beer, or the wonderful name that she comes up with for her unborn brother, which I will not spoil because I forgot it and it made me laugh out loud when I got there).
Sep 18, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, mg-fiction, realism
I haven't re-read this book since I was a child. Some thoughts:

1) As far as final lines go, "With mushrooms!" is a pretty great one.
2) I totally forgot how this book made me want to answer the phone by saying "For whom does this bell toll?" Ambition resumed.
3) I am feeling somewhat miffed that the sequels are not available on my library's streaming audio services. Were they even ever recorded? This is a truly unfortunate situation.

Sep 17, 2009 Colin rated it really liked it
Um, a precocious girl who writes in a notebook all the time, likes lists and poetry, and uses words like jocund and indefatigable after looking them up in the dictionary, keeping a list of her favorite words in said notebook? No wonder I loved this as a child. Also, the parents cuss and are blase about it. I'm sure that delighted me as well.
Matti Karjalainen
Lois Lowryn "Minä Anastasia" (Otava, 1986) kertoo kymmenvuotiaasta Anastasia Krupnikista, joka pohtii maailman menoa persoonallisen syvälliseen tapaansa ja laatii listoja niistä asioista, joista hän pitää ja joista hän ei pidä. Listan jälkimmäiselle puolelle päätyy - maksan, opettajan ja poikien lisäksi - myös perheen uusi vauva, josta vanhemmat eivät ole neuvotelleet lainkaan Anastasian kanssa, ja joka sen vuoksi tulee saamaan kamalan nimen.

Lowryn romaanissa hieman pikkuvanha mutta siitä huolim
Jun 03, 2016 Sara rated it it was amazing
The positive: Anastasia Krupnik was and is one of my favorite female leads of all time. She's smart and funny, but not unrealistic for her age. She has a great family and most of the time she's aware of that fact. When I first read these books, I was ten, and was at the perfect age to connect with Anastasia and her feelings and small misadventures. Now, as a semi-adult, I read this series and see how great her parents were, and how strong their family bonds were, and I get many more of the paren ...more
Sep 22, 2012 Roxanne rated it it was amazing
Anastasia Krupnik is stupidly charming and these books are charmingly written. I loved them when I was a kid and went through a phase this summer where I reread the ones I had loved and a few I had missed growing up.

This first one, in particular, is really fantastic. The later ones are hit and miss, but never bad. I don't know if it is that Anastasia's family is so realistic or if her family is just similar in ways to mine was when I was a young girl, but there is something so homey and comfort
Jan 29, 2015 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Anastasia books were some of my favorite as a child so I decided to reread this to see how it held up over time. I loved it again! She's funny, smart, and I love her family. I can't wait to pass these on to my daughter.

One complaint: the cover. TWICE the book describes Anastasia as having blonde/yellow hair so why would they put a brunette on the cover? I know this isn't a huge deal, but come on! If the book makes a point to describe something then the cover should reflect that. It looks like th
This book has a copyright date of 1979, and it 's the first in a series, but I had never heard of it until I picked it up at my library today. How did I miss these books when I was an avid reader kid? Strange!

In this book, Anastasia is 10 years old. She is smart and feisty and clever, spunky and a bit sassy, but not a pain in the neck like that Junie B. girl. I like Anastasia, I wish she had been my friend when I was ten.

I have a bunch of the other books in the series, just waiting for me to rea
Sara Jane
May 13, 2012 Sara Jane rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit-book-club
I read this for my book club where we reread books we read when we were younger, but this was the first time I'd ever read it. I wish I'd read it when I was 10 because of great lines like this: "I need to start worrying about making myself some memories" or this: "These are the most important things that happened the year that I was ten: I began to have a mercurial temperament." Or all of her wart references. This is such a smart, insightful book for kids, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, too.
Apr 22, 2014 Maryellen rated it it was amazing
When I was around this age, I wanted to be Anastasia so much! She was cool. She wore glasses like me. She didn't understand boys, just like me. As the series continued, I loved how quirky and interesting she was. My favorite was Anastasia, Ask Your Analyst, in which she got a bust of Sigmund Freud and used him as an actual therapist. Completely genious. As someone who was often misunderstood, I could relate to Anastasia on a completely different level!
Jun 26, 2011 Kat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, re-read, read-in-2011
I LOVED this book as a kid - to the point that I even named my goldfish Frank so that I could be more like Anastasia - and I think it held up to an adult re-read.

I wonder if this book contributed to my love of making lists.
Nov 04, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Re-read after seeing it for sale on Kindle. Still just as good as when I was 11. Remember "One-Ball Reilly" ? How did Lois Lowry get away with THAT?
Waktu kecil pernah sebal dengan nama sendiri? Sebal dengan guru yang menurut kita nggak adil? Dengan nenek? Dengan ortu karena kita mau dikasi adik baru? Senang dengan seorang cowok, kemudian balik benci? Saya pernah. Anastasia Krupnik juga pernah, si gadis cilik berusia 10 tahun, tokoh utama novel menarik ini.

Baca nih novel seakan nostalgia masa kecil saya dulu. Yang pernah sebal dengan nama, kenapa nggak sebagus dan sepanjang nama teman-teman lain, sebal dengan guru yang nggak adil memberi nil
Sep 23, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing
So, so good. I confess the late 70s/early 80s is my favorite Lowry era -- not later on, when her books were winning mega awards, though naturally those are good as well. Her heroines of this era, and Anastasia most of all, tend to be rather precocious (but never precious), especially when compared with middle grade characters of today. I mourn that precociousness, that sophistication. (I considered whether I could use this book with my library Mother-Daughter Book Club, but there are a few more ...more
Haryadi Yansyah
Apr 18, 2009 Haryadi Yansyah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Membaca buku ini bikin aku senyam senyum, ketawa ngikik, sedih (ketika nenek Anastasia meninggal) dan mengingatkanku akan masa kecil. Terutama kebiasaan Anastasia yang suka mencatat hal-hal yang disukainya ataupun hal-hal yang dibencinya. Dulu, waktu kecil (sayangnya aku lupa usia berapa, apakah seusia Anastasia yang 10 tahun) aku juga punya buku yang berisi catatan yang hampir sama dengan Anastasia. Dulu, aku juga mencatat barang-barang yang ingin dibeli, dan sifat-sifat jelek yang ingin aku bu ...more
Apr 04, 2013 Nafiza rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-school, read-2012
Though Lowry is, I believe, mostly famous for her dystopian series, The Giver, I think readers should also give the middle grade Anastasia Krupnik a read to see the breadth of Lowry’s writing skills. Her ability to weave into existence Anastasia, an irreverent, irrepressible and entirely charming ten year old is impressive. Anastasia is unintentionally witty and, to older readers, extremely funny as she charges full steam through life falling in love, falling out of love and making decisions (ba ...more
Sarah Eagle
Dec 18, 2015 Sarah Eagle rated it liked it
I ended up liking this book, but not until a few chapters from the end. I thought Anastasia's character was supposed to be a very close emulation of Anne from Anne of Green Gables; she's spunky, precocious, strongly opinionated, and strong-willed. However, I disliked her for all the same reasons I disliked Anne in that she crosses the line between amiably precocious to downright rude. Often. Her strong will descends to pigheadedness and mean-spiritednness whenever the subject of the baby or her ...more
Erica Sanchez
Mar 07, 2015 Erica Sanchez rated it really liked it
Like many of those posting reviews on this book, I am older than the 8-12 age range it was written for. This review is based only on a very quick (but satisfying) re-read and good-old fashion nostalgia.

My mother gave Anastasia to me at the age of 12, and I remember how embarrassed I was. Because the protagonist is only 10 years old, I automatically assumed it was for babies. And I was NOT a baby. I had just begun to get my period, for Pete's sake! However, begrudgingly I decided to give it a sho
Aug 21, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it
It is no secret that Sam Krupnik is my favorite fictional kid of all the fictional kids (Fern Arable, Charlie Bucket, Ramona Quimby, Harriet Welsch, etc.) I was so happy when author Lois Lowry gave him a series of his own in 1988. But before Sam came older sister Anastasia in 1979. It was hard for me to relate to Anastasia as a kid myself: even at 10 years old, she always seemed so mature for her age and a little bit boring.

But re-reading this series at age 38 is a delight. Her parents play a ma
May 12, 2015 Mara rated it it was amazing
The Anastasia books (which I devoured as a youth) are still fantastic and it all began with this first one. Lois Lowry deftly creates an empathetic character straight out of my nostalgic dreams--the kind of girl I wanted to be when I was a girl, whose intellectual artist parents were fun and interested in everything she had to say, who was 10 years older than her brother (who was rarely annoying but rather a quirky quipping genius), and who managed to sidestep the true dark side of adolescence. ...more
Oct 06, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
I was pretty committed to the Ramona books when I was a kid, but I think I read at least one of these? As an adult, I have read a lot of Lowry's work and I think she is fantastic. Her work is a lot deeper than the Ramona books, so I have shared it with my 13 year old daughter, but I also wanted to introduce her to my 7 year old daughter. I decided on Anastasia. We both really liked this book. If you have read children's lit, then you have read something like this before...young girl going throug ...more
Mar 23, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anastasia Krupnik is 10-years-old, her mother is an artist and her father is a poet and college professor. This year is going to be important, so she’s keeping track of everything in her journal. She writes everything down in her green notebook: hard words she’s learned, things she’s trying to figure out (like why she seems to be the only one who doesn’t like her teacher) and an ever changing list of what she loves and what she hates. One thing she hates is that her mom is going to have a baby. ...more
Aug 04, 2015 LauraW rated it really liked it
Shelves: tween, middle-grades
I was recently looking at a web page that compared the covers from various editions of this book and this spurred me on to read this book again. Lately, I have been wanting to read some old favorites, anyway. They seem to be soothing to me, when I am disappointed that I don't especially like books that others are raving about. At any rate, I enjoyed my re-read of Anastasia. It is a straightforward, old-fashioned, comforting book about family and about changi ...more
Medeia Sharif
Sep 14, 2013 Medeia Sharif rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Ten-year-old Anastasia is figuring things out. In her notebook, she makes a list what she hates and what she loves. Things get crossed off, put on the other side, and so on as she sees different sides to people and situations. Some of the things she’s going through are finding out her mother is pregnant, dealing with an elderly grandmother who’s much older than her friends’ grandmothers, a teacher who dislikes her poetry, and an interesting wart on her finger.

Everything was so real, as if I wer
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Taken from Lowry's website:
"I’ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three. My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother: gentle, family-oriented, eager to please. Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad; together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets; and later, when Jon was older, they always
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