Kung Fooey (Calvin Coconut #6)
Calvin's mom says his new dog Streak smells bad. Especially her breath. Calvin's convinced that Streak's stink is a good one, but he's worried. If he doesn't solve Streak's problem soon, mom might make him give his beloved new dog back to the shelter. So when his teacher assigns his students a discovery project, Calvin decides to discover the worst stinks--and find a solut...more
ebook, 144 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Random House Children's Books
(first published January 1st 2011)
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Jun 19, 2012 Joanne Zienty rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
A new kid who has a flare for exaggerating the truth, a trio of bullies, and a grouchy teenage house guest who's on a jerky quest (literally) to earn her driver's license: fourth grader Calvin definitely has his his hands full of trouble this time. The story is familiar, but the setting (Hawaii) and a few of the tweaks are fresh. The ending is refreshingly low-key, but satisfying, like a shave-ice on a hot day.
Wow! I just started is book and i can't put it down i think it is a little confusing calvin totally should take kung fu lessons this new guy benny shows up and the teacher asks him to tell the class about himself and the first thing he says is "I know kung fu!"
A lot of press attention has been given lately to the prevalence of bullying among children, & many kids' books are being written that address the topic. Graham Salisbury's Calvin Coconut looks at it in the same breezy, light, but thought-provoking style of his other books. Kids will enjoy & relate to Calvin & his experiences, & it could be used as a springboard for discussion.
Dec 15, 2011 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Another fabulous addition to the Calvin Coconut series. This one is a bit more serious than some of the others, as it deals more directly with ridicule and bullying, but most of the books have serious moments thrown in, so readers shouldn't be surprised.
Graham Salisbury comes from a 100-year line of newspapermen, all associated with Hawaii's morning paper, the Honolulu Advertiser. Although a career as a newsman could have been possible, Salisbury chose to imagine rather than report. "I enjoy writing about characters who might have been. To me, exploring fictional themes, situations, and lives is a quietly exhilarating experience. There are times...moreMore about Graham Salisbury...