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The Manny Files (The Manny Files #1)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  527 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Manny /ma-ne/ "n" A male nanny or babysitter, known to be handsome,

fabulous, and a lover of eighties music"Be interesting."

That's what the manny tells Keats Dalinger the first time he packs Keats's school lunch, but for Keats that's not always the easiest thing to do. Even though he's the only boy at home, it always feels like no one ever remembers him. His sisters are eve
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by Atheneum
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This is a cute story about Keats and his family’s adventure with their Manny (Male Nanny). The story is mainly about Keats who struggles with his self confidence. When they get a new nanny Keats loves his kindness, carefree spirit and bold creativity. Throughout the course of their relationship the Manny helps Keats get over some of these fears while learning to garner respect from other people with class and integrity.

The book is well written and filled with many lively moments. I also appreci
Oct 21, 2007 Christian rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this so of course I love it.
This is a really sweet story about the entrance of a male nanny (the Manny) into the life of a family. He is entertaining, eccentric, eternally patient and becomes more of a family member than an employee. He and the kids' uncle become instant friends and eventually it becomes clear that they are falling in love. I like that the gayness of the Manny does not cause any dissonance: it is a subtext and a natural part of the story. The storyteller, Keats, who is a middle-school, middle child--sandwi ...more
I'm not sure who this book is written for-- it's about a third grader, but it's long, the language is difficult, and there are oblique (to a child) references to the Manny being gay that don't come out until the final scene, when he kisses the kids' uncle-- this would be confusing for a child young enough to want to read about a third grader. Keats is too young (in physical and mental age) to appeal to teens. He likes fancy clothes and opera music and is made fun of at school for wearing babyish ...more
Olivia Langford
This book was a fun, quick read. It's meant for probably pre-teen, or even younger, but there are some adult themes in the book that parents may find they are uncomfortable with their children reading about. On that note, it is a good conversation starter for parnets and children (or an internal conversation starter for the adult reader) about all of the different types of adult relationships and roles that adults play in the lives of children. I think this book presents a wonderfully well-round ...more
I must admit, the title alone made me think this was going to be a rather funny read. I was not disappointed. I found that I loved all the characters in this book. It is a truly family oriented book. Being from the son's (Keat's) perspective, I found that this is probably the type of family many aspire to have. Keat's appears to be trying so hard to be, to act, to feel so much older than his actual years that it is interesting when you find him actually doing things that is typical for a boy his ...more
Jon Forsyth
I hate clowns. With their fake, painted-on smiles, lowest common denominator humor, and perverse, baby-like outfits and oversized shoes, they creep me out. But if anyone could rehabilitate at least the concept of clown for me, it would the Manny, the eponymous gay man-nanny character in this book. The unabashed joy he takes in wearing outrageous costumes, surprising the people he loves in order to make them laugh or snap out of a bad mood, and the way he does it all with little or no heed paid t ...more
There's such a sweetness and joyful innocence to this story, I couldn't help but love it. I felt that Burch captured the voice of a third-grade boy very well - it was full of youthfulness, earnestness and all the hopefulness, naivety, hurt and slight rambling that made it feel real, yet it was still enjoyable for an older reader. Keats is smart and observant, yet he doesn't always fully understand the actions and motivations of the people around him, and so the reader is given many glimpses that ...more
Audience: teens, grades 5-9
Recommend to: I'm not sure yet, this isn't for everyone

1. Narrator Keats, a third grade boy who has a mature perspective, is the only boy in a family of sisters. They've gone through a series of nannies, when the family takes on a male nanny (The Manny). Humor and seriousness mix together nicely in this tale. One reviewer described it as Mary Poppins meets David Sedaris, and I think that may be accurate. It's funny, and not something that fits nicely into a box.

2. Kea
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A wonderfully funny and feel-good story told from the perspective of Keats Dalinger, the only boy amongst three sisters: Lulu, the oldest and the smartest, India, the creative one, and Belly the more-often-than-not naked toddler filled with giggles. Amidst all these girls, Keats is excited to meet the family's new nanny-a fellow male who calls himself the "manny." Noteveryone in the family likes the manny as much as Keats, though- most notable his eldest
Keri Payton
(From my blog: Quill Café)

In accordance with the FTC, I would like to disclose that I purchased this book. The opinions expressed are mine and no monetary compensation was offered to me by the author or publisher.

Keats is the only boy among four children, left alone when the various nannies shared fun times with his sisters.

That all changes when his mom introduces their new nanny - the manny! The manny shows Keats how to be yourself, deal with bullies and have fun.

Not everyone is fond of the man
Ella Jones
The Manny Files
Christian Burch
5 Stars
About 240p.

Yes, I loved this book! It was hilarious, the manny does so many absurd and funny things. In Keat's lunch the first day of school he put a whole coconut with "Be Interesting" written on the outside with sharpie. It was heartwarming, Keats is a elementary schooler who is the least noticeable of his siblings but the manny helps him shine.

My favorite part was when they had mexican day. First when Keats and his sister,Lulu, got off the bus the Mann

My surprise with this book was the age. I confess that I was expecting it to be an adult novel, taking after The Nanny Diaries. But I was wrong. After I adjusted to that massive paradigm shift, I found that I enjoyed the novel.

Keat is just so likable. You sense his real concern about losing the first nanny he's actually liked and who actually seems to like him and try to draw more out of him. More than anything, I appreciated his absolute innocence. The main demonstration of this innocence is th
Carol Bruhn
Our entire family LOVED this book. It is so difficult to find a children's book that is actually hilarious but this one hits the mark. We quote the characters often and have discussed how we wish it were made into a movie. The family in the story is so real that you feel like adding them to your Christmas card list as true friends. We read countless books with our kids and this is no question at the top of the list of favorites. Funny, quirky and unforgettable!
hat's what the manny tells Keats Dalinger the first time he packs Keats's school lunch, but for Keats that's not always the easiest thing to do. Even though he's the only boy at home, it always feels like no one ever remembers him. His sisters are everywhere! Lulu is the smart one, India is the creative one, and Belly . . . well, Belly is the naked one. And the baby. School isn't much better. There, he's the shortest kid in the entire class
3rd grader Keats is thrilled with the Manny (male nanny) becoming an addition to his family... I wish I had The Manny when I was growing up! The Manny (the man and the book) is hilarious and heartwarming. My only issue is that while Keats is in 3rd grade it would take a sophisticated elementary aged reader to "get" some of this book...some of the humor and the relationship between Uncle Max and the Manny ... or maybe I am not giving some kids enough credit. It just has the look and feel of a YA ...more
Finished this gem of a book last night while babysitting and absolutely loved it! The characters were fantastic, I thought they were all well written, interesting, and very real. I particularly loved the Grandmother and her friends. I'm now reading this to *my* 9 year old, and am planning on reading it to the BF too :D
It's interesting- this one seems like sort of borderline YA, and could easily fall into the 'tween category instead- the narrator is a third grader (a rather precocious one), and the tone is mostly very light-hearted, but then there are some rather more serious moments as well. Either way, it was still an enjoyable and delightful read for an adult, too. (I just wish I'd had this book, oh, 18 years ago or so. Either that, or had a manny of my own.)

This is a charming book with a nice message, and
Oct 11, 2011 Jill rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 16-30
The Manny Files is about a boy and his 3 sisters whose nanny is a man, thus "Manny." Keats' sister, Lulu, hates the manny and keeps records on all of his quirky and weird activities that she does not feel is appropriate for a nanny to do. Keats, meanwhile, loves this nanny more than any other he's had before. The nanny helps the kids deal with life situations through laughter.

There are several themes in this book: bullying, family, homosexuality, death, elderly, and journey to name a few. I enjo
Judi Paradis
Keats has three really accomplished sisters (well his baby sister Belly is mostly famous for being 3 and cute and taking off her clothes, but the older girls are really smart and creative). Keats' sister Lulu is brilliant and great at getting the family's nannies fired if she doesn't like them. Keats is quite thrilled when his parents hire a male nanny--called "the Manny." The Manny is funny and wild and weird. He dresses in costumes, sings weird songs in public, and lets the kids do outlandish ...more
"The Manny Files" is a tender book about a boy who's slightly off beat from everyone else and how he begins to feel comfortable in his own skin. It is also laugh out loud funny in many places. At one point I laughed so hard I woke up my husband, but he forgave me after I read the passage to him.

While the main character begins the book as a third grader, I feel this book is geared toward a slightly older audience (perhaps fifth or sixth grade and higher). While most of the homosexual references a
It's rare that I'll read a middle reader that doesn't involve magic or some kind of fantasy. Or a middle reader that's aimed at an audience this young (the main character is I think 8). But this was really good.
Oct 11, 2014 Eliana added it
Shelves: lgbtq
This was a cute book, it really was. Definitely a different concept from other books I've read, which is always nice.

The one thing I didn't like about this book is that it's pretty unclear what age group the book is intended for. I'm sixteen, and while I don't mind reading about third graders, it can get tedious at times because I just don't need to know all the ins and outs of a third grader's mind. However, I think if I gave this to my younger brother, who will be starting third grade in Septe
This book is just FUN! Keats Dalinger's family has hired a new nanny -- or manny as he prefers to be called. The Dalinger children have distinctly different personalities, but Keats is the only boy and quickly becomes attached to the Manny. During the summer between 3rd and 4th grade, Manny teaches all of the Dalinger children how to enjoy life, have fun, and also some of the most important lessons they can learn.

The "why" of describing this book as LGBT comes towards the conclusion. It is subtl
Feb 05, 2008 Debi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
I discovered this book at the library on the "New Books" shelf. On the back cover, the book is described as a cross between Mary Poppins & David Sedaris. Well, that sounded like an intriquing combination. Once I picked the book up, I couldn't put it down. I adore the main character of the story, he seemed like a young, innocent David Sedaris. I was inspired by the adults in his life and thier willingness to not only accept him for who he was, but to encourage him to be himself. The adult fam ...more
Jul 18, 2015 Jillian rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ages 9-12
This is the exact book I've been looking for for years, not for me, but for my 11 year old son. Keats is such a great character that my son will very much be able to relate to.
A quirky family portrait framed in fun and kindness The narrator Keats is a sensitive, thoughtful child but his naughty streak (teasing his sister Lulu, inappropriate comments to adults)make him realistic. There are many issues dealt with in this book (bullying, gender orientation, death) but it's done with a light touch that's refreshing. The adults are fully realized even though they're seen through Keat's 3rd grader lens. Pure delight.
Mar 12, 2010 Danielle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Tweens and people interested in YA lit.
Recommended to Danielle by: Library
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this book is so good. I loved it. the caricatures in the book have complex ambitions and are very well detailed. two thumbs up Christian Burch
Levi Todd
Basically the cutest book I've ever read. The Manny was funny and adorable, and I loved Uncle Max and his relationship. The only distracting thing is that Keats is portrayed as a very stereotypically gay boy, but it's never acknowledged- and of course, being interested in fashion and musicals and being sensitive doesn't equal gay, but the author went to such long lengths to make Keats stereotypical, yet not acknowledged. It was a bit odd. However, if you're ever in a crappy mood and you need a p ...more
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