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Tad has an agenda: Survive seventh grade.

He also wants to: grow a mustache, get girls to notice him, and do a kickflip on his skateboard. . . .

But those are not the main reasons he started a blog. Tad just has a lot of important thoughts he wants to share with the world, like: Here is the first thing I have learned about having a dog in your house: Don't feed them nachos...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by HarperCollins (first published 2012)
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Jen Bigheart (I Read Banned Books)
Told in a diary style, Tad is a 7th-grader who is looking to make a few changes in his life and he is bound and determined to: survive the school year, grow a mustache, get girls to notice him, and do a flip on his skateboard. From January 1st all the way through December 31st Tad tries his hardest, but things don't always pan out for him. He ends up starring in an elementary school play, breaking his best friends already broken camera, and hacking off his parents a lot.

Tad is a pretty insightfu...more
Barbara
Tad, who is in seventh and eighth grade during this particular year when he begins blogging, is trying to find his way in the world. His concerns are those of the typical middle grader--he'd like to find a girlfriend and become more masculine. His almost daily blogs are succinct and read like a series of jokes since he's constantly putting his foot in his mouth and getting in trouble. One of my favorite parts of the book involved Tad receiving notes in his locker from a secret admirer. The resol...more
Ray Bliss
Planet Tad by Tim Carvell.

If you like Mad Magazine you will love Planet Tad. Tad is a 12 year old boy that is in 7th grade. He decides to write a blog about his life. The entries span a year and all the fun, mishaps, pondering and zaniness that is in Tad's life. Planet Tad is fun for all ages - well most all ages 8-99 and if you don't believe me, then your a square.

Not only did I highly enjoy this laugh out loud book, but so did my wife and kids. I kept having to steal it back from them.

I recei...more
Lori
Feb 20, 2014 Lori added it
7th grader Tad has started a new blog in which he records daily events from his life, and his hilarious takes on pop culture. From his family and friends, including his (possibly evil genius) sister Sophie, to film and pop culture, Tad shares his take on everything. Tad’s blog entries are short and sweet, and are accompanied by funny illustrations from Holgate. This book is a fast read and includes some laugh out loud moments.

I picked up this book because it was written by the head writer of The...more
Joanna
This is an awesome and absolutely hilarious book! I would definitely recommend it to anyone in the 8-12 age range, especially to fans of the Wimpy Kid series!!

Tad is a boy in middle school who has an agenda on how to essentially survive seventh grade. He also has many important thoughts he thinks he needs to share with the world, so he starts his own blog. (So the "chapters" in the book are his daily blog posts - perfect for reluctant readers, or young readers fearful of long texts!)

I think all...more
Erin
For a book penned by the head writer of The Daily Show, I expected more. It's not like I feel like I lost hours off my life by reading it, but it wasn't my favorite read of the summer. I liked Tad, and I got a pretty good sense of his life, but some of the situations seems like they were pulled straight from Everybody Loves Raymond. Again, not a horrible read, but others have done better with the genre of "dorky guy writes a diary/blog/journal."
Lord Moonlight
Planet Tad falls in the "survive middle school" category of books. It's like an alternate universe of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, except for the fact that it is a bit of a dirtier version of Wimpy Kid, one example being the reference to monkeys giving lap dances. Tad is just a regular, mundane boy. It didn't have any description of anything, which made me sad to have to look at illustrations to see what characters look like. But the jokes were a bit funny...
John
A pretty fun book featuring a seventh-grade blogger who makes funny observations about a variety of things (from the Wizard of Oz to the Gift of the Magi). The book tracks one year in his life and is presented as if it's his blog -- though this is really merely a jumping off point, since the illustrations don't seem to be presented as though they're JPGs or anything like that.

I found the humor to be clever but at times, it started to just feel like a structure for allowing the author to compile...more
Charity Ambs
I would recommend to kids who liked The Strange Case of Origami Yoda or Diary of a Wimpy Kid. This book is an almost completely character driven blog of humorous pop culture observations. Had a conversation with a boy who let me know this book hit its mark.
Dru
Tad keeps a daily blog, offering readers one highlight from every day of the year. I thought this was a hilarious and easy read. Definitely would recommend to reluctant boy readers.
Joshua
Gut bustingly funny... I don't want to spoil it but I want the sequel!

Ms. Yingling
Tad is starting a new blog, trying to grow a mustache, and putting up with his annoying younger sister, Sophie. Told in daily entries (some of which are about things in his life, some of which are random observations like "If breakfast cereal is so popular, how come nobody makes dinner cereal. I'd eat it." page 137), this is more episodic than plot driven, covering everything from his interest in asking girls to dances to his science fair project.

Strengths: This will be popular because it is fu...more
Chibineko
I'd originally thought that this book would be a collection of the Planet Tad articles from Mad Magazine, so if you're like me and wondering if that's what this is, it's not. Luckily you won't be disappointed, because this book is really funny.

One of my favorite parts of the book was that it had a wide age appeal. If an adult were to pick up this book (such as myself), they'd be able to get into it pretty easily. Not once was I bored while reading this and I managed to finish it in one night sin...more
Jennifer Haight
Tim Carvell is an Emmy award winning writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart so it’s no surprise that his book Planet Tad succeeds at creating dozens of laughs. The book fleshes out Carvell’s series for Mad Magazine also named Planet Tad. The book consists of blog entries from twelve-year-old American boy Tad. We follow him as he flounders through the school year and into his summer which is in no way what he expected it to be. He has a smart and conniving younger sister, Sophie, whose advent...more
Kathleen
A hilarious take on a 7th grade boy's life from the pen of Tim Carvell, head writer at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The book is in diary format and follows Tad on various adventures & life lessons throughout the year. Whether he is fighting with his younger sister, Sophie, disagreeing with his utterly uncool parents, or getting into trouble with his friends Chuck & Kevin, Tad's observations and escapades deliver solid laughter. A typical day in Tad's life goes something like this: "J...more
Karissa
I got a copy of this book to review through the Amazon Vine program. It’s not the type of thing I normally read, but sounded so funny that I had to give it a try. This ended up being a very well done book and a highly amusing read. There were parts of this book where I was laughing so hard I was almost in tears.

Tad is your typical twelve year old and has some specific goals for the upcoming year: 1) start a blog, 2) shave for the first time, 3) Get girls to notice him, and 4) do a kickflip on hi...more
Lindsey G
This book it a funny adventure of a boy starting from his 7th grade year to his 8th. He goes through a series of events as he learns how to take care of himself. This book resembles, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," by being a blog the Tad keeps up and posts on everyday. Each new day is a new and exciting story and this book is sure to make you smile.

I would give this book a 4 out of 5 starts for it's humor and plot, but this book just isn' one that I would probably read if not for my book club.
Dijon Chiasson
The head writer of The Daily Show expands his "Planet Tad" column from Mad Magazine into a book that is formatted into blog entries by a 7th grader named Tad.

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" was huge and spawned countless imitations in the world of tweenaged fiction. Therefore I presumed that Carvell would be mining that vein in vain. Upon reading "Planet Tad" however, I hereby decree that it is the best of the "Humorously Self-Deprecating 9-12 Book Formatted as a Diary" genre of children's literature. I...more
Chris
Oct 13, 2013 Chris rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 7th grade boys, Guys who still giggle at juevnile humor
This book shouldn't get 5 stars. It has only the vaguest hint of a plot.


BUT

It made me laugh out loud for real multiple times, so that calls for an automatic 5 star rating.


I will definitely recommend this book to my 7th grade kids who are stuck in Diary of a Wimpy Kid Reading levels. It has more words and less art than that book.

The main character is more likeable too, I think.

The humor in the book is definitely 13 year old boy, which is to say, it will appeal to most 13 year old boys, and many...more
Elizabeth
Tad got a new computer for Christmas and has decided to start a blog, a diary of sorts. Tad is a twelve-year-old going into middle school and he has a thing for Natalie Portman. Anyway, Tad faithfully puts an entry into his blog every day telling us something of what happened that day and the mood he was in that day. Tad has a very unique way of seeing things - almost like a comedienne. For instance, when Rex goes to the vet to get fixed, he comes home with a plastic cone over his head. When his...more
Erica
I expected this to be funnier than it was since it is written by a writer at MAD magazine. Still, it had its moments of middle school humor that made me chuckle. I would recommend this book for those who loved the Diary of Wimpy Kid series and are looking for something else.
Jackie
Seventh-grader Tad starts a blog to chronicle a calendar year from middle of 7th grade, into summer, and the beginning of 8th grade. His relationships with his best friend Chuck, his annoying little sister Sophie, and his clueless (maybe) parents are humorous and often world-shattering. The mysteries of life are questioned by Tad, such as 'who elected the Lollipop Guild to welcome flying houses to Munchkinland?' are pondered over time and time again.

Tad's entry into the girl-boy relationship is...more
The Styling Librarian
What a fantastic, hilarious, well written/organized book. Following the life of a middle school boy was a riot through Tim Carvell's eyes. I loved that I could pick a journal entry and read it aloud to my husband we we could both laugh... I also loved how the storyline flowed with the character's innovative job opportunities, fascinating and hilarious reflections on things from werewolves to St. Patrick's Day and treasured every minute I flew through reading this most excellent book. I highly re...more
Eric Bauman
"Planet Tad" is one of my favorite recurring features in "MAD Magazine." I find it to be consistently funny. So when I saw that Tim Carvell was coming out with a whole book of it, I had to read it. And I'm glad I did.

"Planet Tad" is the blog of an eleven-year-old boy, and this book traces the first year of his blog. He details his day-to-day struggles with junior high, his parents and his sister. He talks about his one-hair moustache, the time that he went to a Halloween party painted blue to be...more
Erin Cataldi
Even though this book is intended for 3rd to 7th graders I still laughed out loud and plowed through it. "Planet Tad" follows a 7th grade boy's day to day activities as he updates his blog. It's filled with great illustrations and hilarious scenarios. Tad is an observant young boy and the questions he brings up are hilarious. The author, Tim Carvell, is a writer for the Daily Show with Jon Stewart which is evident through his funny and insightful prose. Stephen Colbert reviews it best saying, "T...more
Jacob
Sep 30, 2013 Jacob is currently reading it
I learned that tad was 12 years old. He goes to middle school and his best friend's name is Chuck. Tad also has a 7 year old sister.Few strange things happened to Tad in first part of May.
He fond a note in his locker from a secret admirer. He was hoping that whoever wrote this was liking him. After few days of searching for the real identity of his admirer, even with the help of his friends couldn't figure out who it was. After getting another note in his locker with a meeting information he fo...more
Mary Ann
As a middle school librarian, I'm always searching for books that can hook reluctant readers, especially 6th and 7th grade boys. This one is a fine candidate! Much like the Wimpy Kid format, this is the diary (actually blog) of a 7th grade boy complete with gross out humor and hilarious situations. Carvell (a writer on the Daily Show, which should give you a pretty good idea of the ironic and satiric tone) manages to create a likable, if hapless, main character with a strong and funny family rel...more
Gabe
I thought this would be a really good book because I like the show on Cartoon Network MAD I've never heard of planet tad, but this book kind of remi ded me of diary of a wimpy kid, who ever wrote this book, knows a lot about being in 7th grade... Another reason why I got this book, was a like to skate board but I'm not that good at it. I'm still working on how to do n Ollie. But this was a really good book and it surprises me because I have a 7 year old sister as well and me and tad had a lot in...more
Emmy
I read this with my nine year old son. It basically is one year's worth of a middle school boy's blogs. Some of the blogs are about an event in his day and some are just his own personal thoughts on anything and everything. Most of the entries are short.

I was actually excited to read this with my son because it's by a writer from the Daily Show. There were funny moments but I think I just prefer books with plots. Clear and specific plotlines. My son really enjoyed it and was disappointed when it...more
Evan
Perfect for the reluctant reader, especially boys who have read every 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' book and are looking for something to read. This is a silly novel written in an epistolary style- each entry is a blog post. While Tad is a middle-schooler, I still think upper-elementary children would enjoy this book because it still deals with things that interest them: video games, friends, computers, being semi-miserable at school, etc.
While certainly not a work of staggering literary genius, this...more
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