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Glitch: An Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel

(Aldo Zelnick #7)

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The Zelnick family likes Christmas a lot, but Aldo—whose plan to get presents galore may be running into a glitch—does not. He thinks that “giving being better than receiving” is gobbledygook and doesn’t understand what the “Adopt-a-Family Tree” at the mall has to do with him. Guinness World Records, holiday gnomes, a glass-blowing grandma, and generous helpings of goofine ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published December 12th 2012 by Bailiwick Press (first published November 1st 2012)
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Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I first looked through this book, I didn’t think it would be good for me, because it had too many mean words in it like “Greedy McSneedy,” but it turned out to be wonderful. This book is about a boy who feels the presents he has been getting for Christmas aren’t good enough and not fair with what his brother has been getting. Then he comes up with a plan to make his aunts and uncles buy him lots of fancy, expensive presents, and he calls his plan ‘The Triple G.’ There is really no one I cou ...more
Mary Thomas
I'm reading these in alphabetical order, which meant I read this holiday-themed one in the middle of summer. Oh well. I do enjoy these books and of course the vocab interspersed throughout! ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
In Glitch, Christmas is coming, and Aldo decides to maximize his chances of receiving all the gifts he wants by composing a very long Christmas list and sending a piece of it to each of his family members, including his aunts and uncles. To satisfy Griswold, the gnome his parents have always put out to keep an eye on Aldo and his brother and report back to Santa, Aldo also becomes heavily focused on giving gifts, figuring this will provide the good Christmas karma needed to ensure he will receiv ...more
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Glitch by Karla Oceanak
151 pgs.
Target audience: Ages 7 to 13
Rating: Dragon

In the seventh volume of this alphabetical adventure,
ten-year-old Aldo Zelnick finds there are far too many glitches in his plans for a perfect Christmas. His wish list grows rapidly to include items he saw in a catalog including a snow cone machine and an inflatable backyard log flume. Though every time he turns around it seems a certain gnome Christmas decoration named Griswold is lurking about. Aldo is sure he’s report
I had one worry when I started reading this one--that the book would "out" Santa like The Popularity Papers does. After all, Aldo is in 5th grade and my 5th grader knows, but my 3rd grader does not, so I was a little worried I'd have to make something up on the fly if that were the case. Luckily, I didn't have to and I think that Oceanak handles this beautifully--there's a little hint that Aldo might not really believe near the beginning when he writes his first letter to Santa, but you wouldn't ...more
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-nf
Humorous, good addition to chapter books on the holiday - there aren't many good ones for elementary. Clever how so many words starting with G are used throughout and are explained in the 'Gallery". Adds a touch of interest and provides an example for how to be creative in one's writing. Mostly probable events, I love Griswold! Everyone should have a Griswold. ...more
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I like Aldo more and more. He keeps on thinking and working things out - one problem and one plan at a time. He makes me smile - he and his friends make a realistic mirror for readers to see themselves in - or their friends.
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Karla Oceanak is the author of the Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel Series, which has been honored with a Colorado Book Award, a Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Regional Book Award, an IndieNext selection, and other accolades. She has worked as a writer and editor for more than twenty years and has authored more than 100 books, some of which have been translated into Chinese, Korean, and Hebrew ...more

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