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Death by Eggplant

3.11  ·  Rating Details ·  35 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
All Bertie wants to do is cook. Well, actually, become a Certified Master Chef, host his own prime-time cooking show, own a four-star restaurant, and write a best-selling cookbook. Cooking is Bertie’s big secret. His business-obsessed dad wants him to become an accountant. His New Age mom wants him to become a dream analyst. His math teacher wants him to repeat eighth grad ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Square Fish (first published September 1st 2004)
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KidsFiction Teton County Library

Job-4 stars

This book does a great job balancing a sense of humor with a sense of dread one feels when being constantly bullied and on the brink of failing the 8th grade. It is the story of Betram (Bertie) Hooks whose family consists of a new-age mom who wears turbans and goes to classes dealing with past lives and whose dad is almost permanently attached to his cell phone, spoiting out numbers and percentage points on a continuous basis. What his parents don't know is that he may not gr
Michele Velthuizen
Nov 14, 2010 Michele Velthuizen rated it it was amazing
Interest level: 5th +
Reading level: easy
Genre: humor, cooking, bullying, school, friendship, food

Although you can't really judge a book by its cover, as the saying goes, I must admit I spotted this book a mile away as I was browsing through our new books. I knew immediately that it would be a funny book just by looking at the cover, and humor is one of my favorite genres.

The main character is Bertie, an 8th grader who lives with an eccentric New Age mother and an insurance and number-obsessed fa
Jun 03, 2011 Ann rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011, big-kahuna

I do not normally finish books that I actively dislike, but this one was so short I kept waiting for it to turn around. It didn't. Flat, cartoonish adults have even less of a clue than the Wimpy Kid adults, the kids are caricatures, and Bertie...sigh.

Listen, there are probably kids out there who will find this funny. There are adults out there who liked it, as evidenced by the professional reviews which made me purchase it for the library. But damn, this was a hard eggplant for me to swal
This book was short and the general plot has been used before (kid trying to find his way through school while avoiding a bully and trying to get the girl) but the author did a good job in making it unique with funny dialogue, eccentric characters, while keeping it short and too the point. Would suggest to anyone who wants a good book with only the commitment of a rainy afternoon.
Aug 12, 2007 Tracie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 3rd-5th
Shelves: elem
The best thing I can say about this novel was that it was a quick read and had a happy ending. Most of the supporting characters were not well-rounded enough to care much about and everyone dropped in at moments that were just too convenient. Not one I will remember.
Feb 21, 2008 Cat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Good thing this book was only 134 pages long or it would have been death to me by stupid book. It was a tad painful. Who writes this stuff?
Oct 05, 2008 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Upbeat, engaging writing. Young to mid-teens should enjoy it. I found it to be a refreshing, quick read.
Apr 18, 2011 EL rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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