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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,035 ratings  ·  155 reviews
From the author of So B. It, a super charming middle-grade Napoleon Dynamite with heart - the tale of a very average boy who's put in his school's spotlight when his averageness appeals to a TV show.

Oggie Cooder has a talent -- he can charve better than anyone else in Truman Elementary School. (Charving, for the uninitiated, is the carving of a piece of cheese with one's t
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Published October 1st 2009 by Brilliance Audio (first published February 29th 2000)
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Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book was good
Feb 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have not always been a huge fan of the word “silly”. I guess it makes me feel kind of silly to say it. Until I started working in elementary schools a few years back, I tried not to use the term. But after working with kids for a while, I now understand silly. I use the word in conversation. I know that sometimes, it’s the best way to describe something that is goofy or just plain ridiculous. I also know that silly is not necessarily a bad thing. Lots of kids respond to it. Ever check to see h ...more
Amy-Jo Conant
Level Q

Listened to audio book.

Cute, quick book that has a loveable quirky character. There seemed to be just enough to hold my interest as a listener. The story was very simple so good for struggling readers. Strong readers might get bored quickly. The main character is a good role model. Main themes center around understanding and being true to yourself.

Oggie tells about his simple family life. He compares it to another family who is always looking for the latest and greatest while his family
Mallory Lyon
This book is pretty dumb in my opinion. I would recommend it to a second grader.... maybe. It is basically about a kid who charves- carves and chews- cheese. One day a TV show comes looking for people with weird talents. Oggie tries out and well you'll have to read it to find out what happens next.
Shaeley Santiago
Funny story about a boy who stays true to his unusual self in spite of pressures from the media. Oggie is selected to be on a reality TV show for his talent at charving (blended word = carving + cheese). When the popular girl of the class becomes his agent, Oggie's life changes.
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
A great recommendation for 4th grade readers. My little bookclub really loved it. Celebrate reading it by "charving" some cheese!
Caroline Chappel
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oggie Cooder by Sarah Weeks is about a little boy named Oggie in fourth grade. Oggie has a talent. A strange talent, that no one else can do. Oggie like to charve. Charving is when you carve cheese into shapes with your teeth. Oggie likes to shape cheese in to states like Florida and Texas. Jessica Perfecto, Oggies next door neighbor needs something big to get her to Hollywood. Will Oggie Cooder, Jessica's weird next door neighbor, be the answer?

Personally I read this book a four out of five sta
Jazlynn Alexia
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-2018
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Lara Samuels
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oggie Cooder has an unusual talent and a sweet personality. Great book to discuss with kids.
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good for a 4th grade small reading group. Can discuss character analysis amongst other reading skills.
Stacey Mulholland
It has a good message about being your true self but just didn't love the story
Aug 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Some parts of the book were interesting but overall the book is extremely tedious. The plot was alright but still very dull.
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My 8 year old boys Loved this story!
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read that I’m sure my students are loving. It’s a quirky story all about staying true to yourself- no matter how “different” you are!
Read with my 9 yr old son - he finished the last 5 chapters by himself. And he is giving it 3.5 stars.
Maria Cooper
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The story of Oggie Cooder hits close to home because I have my very own Oggie, and reading this book made me realize just how special he is in his own unique way.
Tam Newell
Read with my fifth graders. They enjoyed reading about quirky Oggie but aren't rushing to read the second book.
Rebekah W.
Meh. This book isn't bad, but it seems a little contrived.
The book discussion kids will probably like it.
Jane Andelman
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Weeks can do no wrong in the eyes of my 9 year old.
Margaret Boling
11/21/2010 ** I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah Weeks at a book signing on Monday, 11/15 at my FAVORITE independent children's bookstore - Kids Ink in Indianapolis. I was at a bit of a loss because I wasn't familiar with Weeks' work. However, I was really impressed at the ways in which she interacted with kids at the signing. She asked what they were reading and seemed truly interested in their responses. She also kept asking questions, eliciting more info from kids at a variety of ages.

When I
Jacobie D
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oggie is a teenage boy who likes to carve cheese. He is not the best looking one either, but with his hidden talent a girl wants to learn his secret.While he is teaching her his talent he doesn't know why though. She tried to lie about being a substitute performer for her best friend's sister. it turns out that day Oggie found out her friend didn't have a sister. the whole time she was auditioning for a television show. She didn't have any talent so she asked Oggie for his. When Oggie found out ...more
Abby Johnson
*** Oggie Cooder's teachers describe him as "unusual" and "one-of-a-kind'. Oggie considers this a compliment. The other kids at his school consider Oggie to be just plain weird. He's always wearing a strange mix of clothes from his parents' secondhand shop. His dog's name is Turk (short for Turkey-on-Rye, Oggie's favorite sandwich). And perhaps strangest of all is Oggie's hidden talent, charving. (That's chewing + carving.) Oggie is an expert at charving cheese into the shapes of the states of ...more
Allison Parker
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
Do you like to charve? It’s a combination of chewing and carving, and it works best with those single-wrapped slices of American cheese. Oggie Cooder is a charving expert. He’s definitely not your ordinary fourth grader: he wears mismatched clothing, he prefers to say “yeppers” instead of “yes,” and he enjoys more than anything creating shapes of various states - like Texas - out of American cheese slices. When wannabe-superstar and classmate Donnica Perfecto finds out about Oggie’s talent, she ...more
Not a bad book.
An easy read for my 4th graders.
Teresa Scherping Moulton
Oggie Cooder is one weird kid. He wears secondhand clothing from his parents' store, exclaims prrr-ip! when he's happy, and his favorite hobby is charving. Charving, a combination of chewing and carving, is when Oggie takes tiny bites of a piece of American cheese until he's carved, for example, the state of Texas. This unusual hobby has never gotten Oggie anywhere, until one day his classmate Donnica Perfecto hatches a scheme to use Oggie's unusual talents to make her famous. The plan backfires ...more
What's better...being a fleeting celebrity or being true to yourself. That's the question for Oggie Cooder. Hidden Talents, a very popular TV show finds Oggie's hidden talent, charving. Charving is a cross between chewing and carving American cheese to form the United States...Oggie can charve all 50 of them! Hidden Talents wants Oggie to be a star! Since Oggie's is a little quirky, marches to a different drummer, but has tons of self-esteem, he has been able to ignore the kids' name calling and ...more
Misoh Kang
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really recommend this book because I read this book with my book partner in 5th grade and we really enjoyed this book than other books. While I was reading this, I laughed so much and I kept reading this book even we had rule to "don't read more than page that you promised with your reading team". This was the first book I've finished reading because I always stop and read another book. Also I hated reading and this book made me felt reading book is funny and because of this book, I start fini ...more
Jul 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oggie Cooder is a unique little young man who enjoys "charving" which is a form of carving that uses slices of cheese. The great thing about Oggie is he's his own person. He dresses likes he wants, he is true to himself even when others around him are against him and he expects the best from people around him. The problem is, being niave like that means he can be "used" by people around him. When important people notice that his "charving" is cool, they start to try to get him to "improve". The ...more
Aug 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We all have special gifts to bring to the table, right? Right...well Oggie's gift is a little more special than most of us. Fourth grader Oggie Cooder has the special ability to charve (yes, charve: to chew storing excess in your cheek-or to chew/carve) every state in the United States using American processed cheese. I've already said that the main character's name is Oggie and that American processed cheese plays a huge role in the this point, you should all be running to read it if ...more
Vanesa Salazar
Oggie Cooder is quite the inspiration to weird talents and just weird kids in general! It was refreshing and funny to just read about a quirky kid that had struggles being a strange kid, but that in the end, after embracing that and showcasing that, he could become something great. Although that could be inspirational for children that can feel like they can dream about becoming someone famous, Oggie Cooder shows the reader that it might not necessarily be the greatest experience. This is a fun ...more
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Sarah Weeks has been writing children’s books and songs for the past twenty years. She is a graduate of Hampshire College and NYU and recently became an adjunct faculty member in the prestigious Writing Program at the New School University, in New York City.

Her first YA novel, So B. It, which appeared on the LA Times bestseller list was chosen as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and received the

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