Teddy Mars fills a void for any new MG reader looking for an easy read, an endearing MC, and a funny story. If you were raised in a small family and want an understanding of what it’s like to be the sixth child out of seven, Teddy will fill you in fairly quick. Those that already know the feeling of having four times the number of people in the house than bathrooms will smile as Teddy takes things into his own hands. With five older sisters and a younger brother he calls The Destructor, Teddy just wants to stand out and be recognized rather that getting lost in the crowd.
The story is laid out by months with separate subsections for each event that occurred in Teddy’s life. The format should appeal to younger readers who may be intimidated by long chapters. Teddy has a spot on 10-year-old voice that you will not forget. This is a great addition to a 3rd or 4th grader’s library. I’m glad to have spent some time with Teddy.
PUBLICATION DATE:2015 PAGE COUNT: 215
FULL PLOT (From Amazon):
Fans of Jeff Kinney’s humor and Sharon Creech’s heartfelt stories will love this hilarious new series about a ten-year-old boy from a big family who dreams of making it into The Guinness Book of World Records.
Teddy Mars is determined to stand out in a world full of wonders and a house bursting with siblings. With the help of his best friends, Teddy tries to build the biggest snow mound, stuff the most grapes in his mouth, and lift a chair with his teeth. He’ll do anything to succeed—even if it means sleeping in a tent and cleaning up pigeon poop for Grumpy Pigeon Man. Too bad his pesky little brother, also known as The Destructor, always wrecks Teddy’s record-breaking plans!
FIVE THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT Teddy Mars by Molly B. Burnham
- The illustrations are weirdly wonderful. Rich detail is given to each character’s facial expression and it makes for some amusing takes. The illustrations are scattered rather than being the focus of the story and that works well in this case. Kids though may be clamoring for more pictures.
- The inclusion of Guinness Book of World Records throughout the book gives the story a fun angle. You’ll learn many of the wacky records that people have accomplished.
- The importance of recognition for each member of a large family is brought forth beautifully. Teddy gets his recognition in an unusual way and it involves a backyard tent. A great prop to bring this theme full circle.
- I didn’t seek this title out to learn about pigeons, but I’m glad to be an expert now on their behaviors. The relationship with Teddy and the Grumpy Pigeon Man was heartfelt and believable.
- Coming soon is book #2 in the series (yay!): TEDDY MARS: ALMOST A WINNER.
FAVORITE LINES: (I don’t usually choose the first line but I couldn’t resist.) “The day my brother climbed into the cat box was the day I knew my life would never be normal again.”
QUOTE FROM AUTHOR: (SOURCE: From Molly’s website)
Check the links to other Middle Grade novels over at Shannon Messenger’s Marvelous Middle Grade Monday post.