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Book Title: Unreal!|
The author of the book: Paul Jennings
Date of issue: January 5th 1995
ISBN 13: 9780140370997
Format files: PDF
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I had to give it 4 stars because I was so impressed with how well it captured my sons attention. This book consists of 8 short stories that are divided up into little chapters, so it's ideal for kids with a short attention span.
I would definetly recommend 4 of the short stories, there are some possible problems with the other short stories I will talk about.
Each short story with my review is as follows.
Without a shirt-involves a skeleton so could be a little scary. My son read, and loved this one, though.
Skeleton on the Dunny-I thought this was a bit too scary, so I asked my son not to read it, but it is also quite funny. My favorite is when the main character has to go fish out his "plate" (a fake tooth) from the local water treatment plant.
Lighthouse blues-I also asked my son not to read this one because it was about ghosts...I just think maybe it's a little too scary. Although, my son doesn't seem to lose sleep like some of my siblings, and even my daughter, too, seems easily frightened. Maybe I'm worrying about him too much.
The strap box flyer- A very clever story that my son and I both enjoyed, although it's a little on the
Cow Dung Custard-This story is so perfect for boys my sons age. They just love this sort of thing, and it's parent approved, not too obnoxious.
Wonderpants-Not my favorite story, but there's nothing scary about it. My husband would hate how much they talk about underwear, and it's a little strange that the boy wears pink underwear with fairies on it, but it was reasonably entertaining.
Lucky Lips-This too was pretty funny, but lots of kissing going on. Nothing I found that was of any concern though.
I'm missing one story and I can't figure out which one it is. I do want to read more of Jennings' books, though. I think this is more along the lines of the type of book my son will be interested in reading, so I'll look for more of it.
It was not on the AR reading list, but I would say it is approximately a fifth grade level book.
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Read information about the authorPaul Jennings was born in Heston near London, and at the age of 6 emigrated to Melbourne, Australia on a boat. He was on the boat for 5 weeks with his family. He attended Bentleigh West Primary School and Caulfield Grammar School.
After graduating from school, he went to Frankston Teachers College (now part of Monash University) and became a teacher. He taught students at Frankston State School, Kangaroo Flat State School, the Turana Youth Training Centre, and the Royal Children's Hospital State School in Mount Eliza. He later went on to study at the Lincoln Institute of Health Science (now part of LaTrobe University) and became a speech pathologist, then worked as a Lecturer in Special Education at Burwood State College (now part of Deakin University). In 1979 he became Senior Lecturer in Language and Literature at Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education (now part of Deakin University).
In 1985, Jennings' first book of short stories, Unreal! was published, during which he worked as a lecturer and wrote part-time; in 1989, he made the decision to devote his full time to writing. Many of his short stories, published between 1985 and 1991, were also adapted into the first and second series of the popular Australian television show Round the Twist.
Winner of the Dromkeen Medal (2000).
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