We selected this book as our first class read aloud for several reasons. First of all, after having the opportunity to hear Jack Gantos speak this summer, I have a bit of an author crush on him! Gantos wrote this book after carefully reading back through his childhood journals. The stories that he writes are the slightly exaggerated tales from his life as a 4th grader. How cool for our class to get to read these at the beginning of their 4th grade journey! It is a perfect kick-off as we begin to keep our Writer's Notebooks and as we will begin to work on personal narratives in the coming month. Ask your child to share a bit with you about this funny book! Ask them who laughs the loudest at all the silly parts?
Enjoy the review below that I found on the goodreads website: