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Arthur's Nose by Marc Brown
Bad Kitty Meets the Baby by Nick Bruel
Bedtime for Mommy by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
The Bog Baby by Jean Willis
Calvin Coconut: The Zippy Fix by Graham Salisbury
Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
The Dazzle of Day by Molly Gloss
Disappearing Desmond by Anna Alter
Emily the Strange: Lost Days by Rob Reger
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Food, Girls and Other Things I Can't Have by Allen Zadoff
Fullmetal Alchemist 17 by Hiromu Arakawa
I'm Going to Grandma's by Mary Ann Hoberman
Maggie's Monkeys by Linda Sanders-Wells
Mooshka, A Quilt Story by Julie Paschkis
My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete
The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear and illustrated by Anne Mortimer
Soul Eater 01 by Atsushi Ohkubo
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Spork by Kyo Maclear
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Calvin Coconut: The Zippy Fix: 07/28/12

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As is so typical for me, I ended up reading the second book in the series, Calvin Coconut: The Zippy Fix by Graham Salisbury first.

In this one, Calvin still isn't happy with having to give up his bedroom to the girl from Texas. She picks on him constantly and makes home life for him hell since his mom is too busy to notice how much of a bully she is. He decides to convince her to go home by making her life as miserable as possible.

Calvin knows she's allergic to cats. So he sneaks the neighbor's cat into his old room and lets it lounge on her pillow. What he doesn't realize is just how allergic she is. The prank gets out of hand and Calvin is faced with the consequences of his desire for revenge.

With her birthday coming up, Calvin decides it's time to be the better person and make amends with a nice birthday gift. Most of the book centers on his efforts to cobble together the money to buy her what she wants most.

Along the way he has to deal with school bullies, his own bad luck and many other typical kid problems. All of this is set against a Hawaiian setting that feels genuine with out being exotic.

Four stars

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Comment #1: Saturday, July 07, 2012 at 01:18:33

Bookworm1858

I read this a couple of years ago and I remember realy enjoying it-good writing and some humorous moments although not my fave book because I can't remember all that much about it.



Comment #2: Sunday, July 08, 2012 at 22:09:11

Pussreboots

I found it a strong read, albeit a predictable one in places, up until the big game. Then it just sort of fell apart for me.