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All Three Stooges

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Spoiler alert: This book is not about the Three Stooges. It's about Noah and Dash, two seventh graders who are best friends and comedy junkies. That is, they were best friends, until Dash's father died suddenly and Dash shut Noah out. Which Noah deserved, according to Noa, the girl who, annoyingly, shares both his name and his bar mitzvah day.

Now Noah's confusion, frustra
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Why is Woody Allen in this book? Why is he in any books? No amount of lesbian moms in all the world can atone for putting a pedophile into your book as a good guy.
Ms. Yingling
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
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Noah Cohen and Dash are best friends who like to hang out and goof around, watching old comedies movies and drinking root bear with Dash's father Gil. They also go to Hebrew school together and are preparing for their bar mitzvahs. Noah isn't happy to find out that a girl who goes to his school, NOA Cohen, is scheduled to have her ceremony on the same day as his. That's the least of his worries, however, when Dash's father dies suddenly. Noah's mothers, Jenny and Karen, don't
Stacie Boren
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟All Three Stooges by Erica S. Perl (@ericaperl) Noah is a young boy getting ready for his bar mitzvah. Only his whole world is falling apart. His best friend, Dash, well his used to be best friend has shut him out because Dash's dad died suddenly. And while his idea was to out on this whole comedy skit for the entire Jewish congregation, his nemesis, Noa, a girl who not only shares his name but also ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Seventh graders Noah and Dash are on the fast track to careers in comedy. They spend every extra moment studying comedy, trying out new comedy routines, listening to Dash's dad's old comedy records, and looking up old and new comedy clips on the internet. Noah looks forward to the time he gets to spend with Dash and his dad on the weekends. 

But during the week, Noah has a lot on his plate. First of all, there's his nemesis, Noa. While they have the same name, Noa is a girl, and not just any kind
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
insight-filled and helpful

Well written, sensitively expressed, yet fun to read, All Three Stooges opens with and later intersperses some backstory leading to a parental suicide, follows up with the impact of Gil's suicide on his sons, his elder son's best friend, the religious community they belong to, and the larger society.

All Three Stooges' basic setting presents middle-class educated adults and their offspring in twenty-first century Maryland and District of Columbia, yet it's clear no one
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interest Level: 5-8

Have you ever known someone who loved comedy so much that they acted out and quoted television shows and movies all the time? Yeah, me neither, but Noah and Dash were two peas in a pod, they did everything together, including acting out skits from their favorite slap-stick comedy movies. What makes it even more fun is that Dash's dad, Gil, was always right there with them. However, comedy doesn't always last, especially when tragedy strikes. Can Noah and Dash's friendship with
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Noah and Dash are best friends. They, along with Dash's dad, share a love of comedy and go to Hebrew school together. Tragedy strikes and 12 year old boys have a hard time figuring out how to do the right thing. There's a lot of pain and sadness in this novel, but also a lot of hope.

Nice to see a book so steeped in a religious tradition! #WeNeedDiverseBooks
Pernille Ripp
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really well written middle grade novel about how to navigate loss and change in life. 4.5 stars
Caitlin Zonder
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was the first chapter book I’ve read by her & thoroughly enjoyed it. Well-written with a good use of humor while tackling the difficult topic of death and grieving.
Jannet Casas
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
The cover attracted me to this book actually, so I'll give it a four out of five. 4/5 stars.

The story this author choose to tell was a good one, it didn't really move me all that much which sucks because it was a good topic to write about. I relate to this story, however, I did have a hard time pushing on through to read the whole book.
Lizz Axnick
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a tough book to read, not only because it deals with parental suicide but because I felt the anguish, confusion and anger of our narrator, Noah, right off the pages. Dash is a sympathetic character but we as the readers really experience Noah's suffering in this book.

Dash and Noah are best friends and have their own comedy nights including Dash's father, Gil, who is like a father to Noah as well (Noah has two moms). Dash and Noah are peas in a pod until their friendship is disrupted when
Lisa Bernstein
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was very well-done. Noah's character felt like he was a real 7th grade boy, and the supporting characters also felt quite realistic, other than, perhaps, Noah's sister. Noah and his friends are preparing for Bar/Bat Mitzvah in the midst of challenges big and small. While the book starts out humorous and joyful, it does get sad and dark. It deals with the challenging emotions different children feel when dealing with the death of a loved one, particularly, the suicide of a parent, and c ...more
Deb Diner
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I'll be honest, I didn't love this one as much as I thought I would. I was happy to read a book about modern Jewish children (there aren't too many of those out there), and I appreciate that the author wanted to create a novel that could show children how to work through difficult circumstances. Unfortunately, the main character pushed every button I had in the worst possible way. I'm sure other people have enjoyed this one much more than I did, but for me, it felt one-dimensional and flat in a ...more
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dash and Noah, both 7th graders preparing for their upcoming Bar Mitzvah, are best friends who share a passion for comedy. But when Dash’s dad commits suicide, Noah has no idea how to be a supportive friend. With an incredibly poignant mix of humor and tragedy, Perl creates multi-dimensional, authentic characters who embrace their Jewish identity and learn about repentance, forgiveness, and friendship. The fact that Noah has two moms, which is not a focus of the story at all, adds value to this ...more
Joey Gremillion
Sep 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
When writing books for children with child protagonists, it helps to be able to create a realistic narrative. This author clearly cannot. The book would have been more successful if it had been written with an Adult audience in mind. No child would spend more than 10 minutes reading this dreadfully written book.
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Noah is a nice Jewish boy from Bethesda, who loves comedy, his family, Hebrew school, and his best friend Dash. But when Dash's father commits suicide, things change. Noah has a tough time dealing with grief--his own, Dash's and that of the community. Interesting look at a community, but maybe a bit too much comedy?? Good for 6-7 grades
Jill Cd
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A well written middle school novel about how a group of friends learn to deal with an unexpected loss. The emotional perspective of the characters is well-done and carefully navigated. 4.5 stars for this one. Great job, Erica.
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Jae Goodwin
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh how I wish this book was available earlier. Sadly this is a topic children are dealing with more and more. Noah and Dash will help many cope and begin to understand. So good to see Jewish characters.
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good story, good lesson for pre-teens about being a good friend and how to deal with death and dying.
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
“Humor is the tangible expression of hope.”
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Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ages-12-13
Noah, best friend Dash and Dash's father Gil are the SND, "Saturday Night Dudes," who watch classic comedy routines together and make up their own sketches. Tragedy strikes when Gil dies suddenly. As Noah reaches out to his friend in the only way he knows how, his every move drives Dash further away. Even worse, some mysterious person has taken Noah's place as Dash's new best friend. Will Noah ever get a chance to make things right?

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Nov 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
This story starts off with what I thought was a very annoying comedy routine by 12-year-old Noah, his best friend Dash and Dash's dad Gil. Moreover, the more Noah and Dash, particularly Noah, discussed comedy in the story, the more I thought they sounded like adults who had studied it, as opposed to kids who simply liked funny movies, TV shows and comedy acts. The yucks soon stop, however, when Gil kills himself. His death leaves Dash sad, angry and confused; and Noah sad and confused, because h ...more
Marta Sala
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Erica S. Perl is the author of the O.J. books: WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU O.J. (Sydney Taylor Award Notable Book, Amazon Best Book, multiple state book lists including MN, FL, VA, VT and RI) and ACES WILD.

She is also the author of many popular picture books, including DOTTY, CHICKEN BUTT!, and GOATILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS. A crowd-pleasing presenter dedicated to reaching all readers, she is available