Summer’s finally here, and Derek Fallon is looking forward to pelting the UPS truck with water balloons, climbing onto the garage roof, and conducting silly investigations. But when his parents decide to send him to Learning Camp, Derek’s dreams of fun come to an end. Ever since he’s been labeled a “reluctant reader,” his mom has pushed him to read “real” books—something other than his beloved Calvin & Hobbes.
As Derek forges unexpected friendships and uncovers a family secret involving himself (in diapers! no less), he realizes that adventures and surprises are around the corner, complete with curve balls. My Life as a Book is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Watch author Janet Tashjian talk to her son (and illustrator) Jake Tashjian about their newest collaboration, MY LIFE AS A BOOK. Available now!
“This book is visually appealing to reluctant readers and shows that all kinds of stories can surprise us.” –Chicago Tribune
“Amusing stick figures accompany Derek’s narration, dutifully following his teacher’s suggestion of animating any difficult vocabulary word.” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Sure to engage fans of Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books (Abrams) as well as those looking for a spunky, contemporary boy with a mystery to solve.” –School Library Journal
"[The] illustrations, drawn by Tashjian's 14-year-old son, Jake, are quite clever." -Publishers Weekly
“A kinder, gentler Wimpy Kid with all the fun and more plot.” —Starred, Kirkus Reviews
“My Life as a Book is a fabulous, fast-paced choice for reluctant and avid readers alike.” —BookPage
“Cartoon drawings by the author's teenaged son decorate the margins and not only re-create Derek's illustrated vocabulary lists but also reduce the amount of text on each page, making the book more approachable for kids like Derek. Derek tells readers, "If my life were a book, I'd have my own cool adventures." It is, and he does.” –Horn Book
Janet Tashjian; illustrations by Jake Tashjian