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Artsy-Fartsy by Karla Oceanak
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Dec 03, 2013

really liked it
Read in November, 2010

This was a fun surprise I found at the bookstore. I had heard zip about this book/ series but picked it up because I can think of several of my reluctant readers who will adore this. I love that the book feels like Aldo's journal. I love that I see several of my students in him, students that need to be represented, to see themselves in a book.

Aldo is ten. His grandma, Goosy, is an artist and believes he is too. She gives him this notebook on summer vacation with the instructions to use it. Aldo's neighbor, Mr. Mot, loves words and helps Aldo see that the journal would be great with words and pictures. Then follows a mystery of who draws in his notebook when he leaves it outside unattended. Aldo and his friend make it there quest to find out who the culprit is.

I can't wait to book talk this one on Tuesday.
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