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Burnham, Molly B.
New York : Katherine Tegen Books, 2015
IL 3-6, RL 3.5

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

From the time 10-year-old Teddy Mars discovered an old copy of the Guinness Book of World Records behind the couch, he was obsessed. Teddy’s five older siblings all had some badge of distinction or other, but there seemed to be nothing about Teddy to set him apart; this was going to be his claim to fame! His many attempts at record-breaking all led to failure, such as when he tried to rake the world’s largest leaf pile and got sabotaged by the wind. But his greatest nemesis of all was his little brother Jake, whose idea of idolizing him was getting into all his things and destroying them. This ultimately led to his moving out of their room into a tent in the backyard. Teddy’s next door neighbor, known to Teddy and his friends as Grumpy Pigeon Man, kept homing pigeons in a large outdoor loft…fascinating, but a little creepy. But once the old man enlisted Teddy’s help to care for the birds, it opened up a whole new world of understanding for Teddy and his friends. Very amusing, with an endearing protagonist.
(Booktalk by Great Stone Face Award Committee, 2017)

Booktalk #2

Teddy Mars wants to stand out... in a house full of siblings. With the help of his best friends, Lonnie and Viva, Teddy attempts building the biggest snow mound, stuffing the most grapes in his mouth, and lifting a chair with his teeth. He'll try anything, even if it means sleeping in a tent and cleaning up pigeon poop for the Grumpy Pigeon Man. Too bad his little brother, The Destructor, always gets in the way of Teddy's record-breaking plans! His determination will have readers laughing out loud and trying to break records of their own! (Sunshine State Young Readers Award Books 2017-2018)

SUBJECTS:   Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Humorous fiction.
                        Humorous stories.
                        Pigeons -- Fiction.
                        World records -- Fiction.

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