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Clarence Cochran, A Human Boy

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When Clarence Cochran wakes up one evening, he’s shocked. Where are his antennae and his beautiful wings? And what is this strange pair of shorts that he’s wearing? Clarence has changed from a cockroach into a tiny human boy! The other cockroaches are disgusted. Only Clarence’s mother understands. “Be who you are,” she says. “You will do wonderful things.” And when the ent ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Jul 06, 2009 Betsy rated it liked it
Cockroaches = icky. And they have few true defenders. They are associated with the worst aspects of mankind. Mess. Filth. Atom bombs (as in, they an survive them). So it seems kind of funny that they’d get their own can’t-we-all-just-get-along tale in the form of Clarence Cochran: A Human Boy. William Loizeaux has come up with a pretty fun concept. We adults are all familiar with Kafka’s Metamorphosis, yes? Man goes to bed one day and wakes up to find he has become a giant cockroach. Well, Clare ...more
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Destinee Sutton
Somewhere Kafka is rolling over in his grave. This is the tale of a cockroach who inexplicably turns into a roach-sized boy. Potentially interesting premise, but here's the catch: all of the cockroaches in this story are already basically humans in cockroach bodies. They have deep feelings and feel things deeply (I believe it's called anthropomorphizing).

So when the family whose house the cockroaches inhabit decides they don't want to live with cockroaches anymore (justifiably, as the bugs make
Sep 22, 2012 Heather rated it liked it
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I liked this one more than I thought I would, especially since it is about cockroaches. (I hate cockroaches more than any other bug, although that wriggly many-legged critter that flung itself into the shower with me was right up there - shudder.)

Poor Clarence has always been a beautiful cockroach until the day he wakes up looking human. (His family are disgusted with his new appearance - funny, right?) With his new abilities to communicate with the people of the apartment, Clarence works to al
John Bladek
Jun 16, 2009 John Bladek rated it it was amazing
Clarence Cochran is a terrific little book. A sort of reverse of Franz Kafka's Metamophosis in which a cockroach turns into a boy. But unlike Gregor Samsa's transformation, this one ends with a sense of hope and promise rather than bleak nihilism.

The plot is something like The Tale of Despereaux. Clarence too is different but becomes the savoir of his people after a crisis over tainted food. But this story has far more emotional depth and feeling than Despereaux. You can't read this book and eve
Maggi Rohde
Apr 25, 2015 Maggi Rohde rated it liked it
This is not the first cockroach-turns-into-a-human book I've read -- and I'm not talking about Kafka. Shoebag remains a better book than this one. I did like the relationship between Clarence and Mimi, and I was rooting for Clarence to come up with a solution that worked to save his family. I just wasn't invested enough in the situation. No matter how much more realistic this was than, say, Stuart Little (in which they never really questioned that he was a boy even though he was a tiny mouse), I ...more
Davonna Juroe
William Loizeaux has a strong voice, and the writing style, illustrations by Anne Wilsdorf, and overall themes harken to Roald Dahl.
Jul 28, 2009 Mackenzie rated it it was ok
Adorable silly and 2nd or 3rd grade reading difficulty. Will be a great one to read to the boys in a few years.
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Jul 07, 2009 Victoria Whipple rated it it was ok
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Clarence, a young cockroach, mysteriously turns into a tiny human boy. He finds out about the impending doom of his colony and tries to work with a human girl to save the cockroaches.
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Cute book with a good message. Some funny parts.
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William Loizeaux’s first novel for adult readers, The Tumble Inn, is now available, and his memoir, The Shooting of Rabbit Wells, has recently been reissued. Born and raised in New Jersey, he worked summers as a road department laborer and a greenkeeper's assistant. He went to college at Colgate University and graduate school at the University of Michigan. For many years, while living near Washing ...more
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