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My Life as a Cartoonist

Janet Tashjian; Cartoons by Jake Tashjian

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

There’s a new kid in Derek Fallon’s class. His name is Umberto and he uses a wheelchair. Derek’s family is still fostering Frank the monkey, and Derek thinks it would be great to train Frank to assist Umberto. But Derek quickly realizes that Umberto is definitely not looking for any help. Derek soon becomes the butt of Umberto’s jokes. On top of that, Umberto starts stealing Derek’s cartoon ideas and claiming them as his own. How did Derek get himself into this mess, and how can he find a way out before he is the laughingstock of school? The answer may very well be his cartoon strip—SUPER FRANK!

My Life as a Cartoonist features illustrations by Janet Tashjian's son, Jake Tashian.

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Super Frank!
 

improved
“That’s great!” my dad says as he puts the comic strip down. “Your drawings have really improved.”
I look over my father’s shoulder and examine my work. “No matter how long I work on it, my printing still looks like I’m in second grade.”
professional
“It takes a lot of practice for lettering to look professional.”
As if that’s any kid’s idea of fun—sitting around on a sunny afternoon filling notebooks with row after row of straight block letters.
flattered
My
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Praise for My Life as a Book:

* “Give this to kids who think they don’t like reading. It might change their minds.” —Booklist, starred review

* “A kinder, gentler Wimpy Kid with all the fun and more plot.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Sure to engage fans of Jeff Kinney’s ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ books as well as those looking for a spunky, contemporary boy with a mystery to solve.” —School Library Journal

 

Praise for My Life as a Stuntboy:

“Another fun, emotionally resonant read for the Wimpy Kid set and beyond.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A fast-moving plot and relatable protagonist make this stand-alone sequel a good choice for boys who, like Derek, would rather reach for a TV remote or game controller than a book.” —School Library Journal

“Fans of the first will be utterly delighted by this sequel and anxious to see what [Derek] will turn up as next.” —BCCB

“This is a great package for kids, especially those like Derek who don’t think they like to read.” —Booklist

Praise for My Life as a Cartoonist:

"Cartoonist Derek grapples with a perplexing association between disability and bullying in this stand-alone sequel to My Life as a Book (2010) and My Life as a Stuntboy (2011)." -- Kirkus Reviews

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  • Janet Tashjian; Cartoons by Jake Tashjian

  • Janet Tashjian is the author of many popular novels including My Life as a Stuntboy and My Life as a Book, both illustrated by her son, Jake Tashjian; as well as The Gospel According to Larry and For What It’s Worth. She lives with her family in Los Angeles, California.
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Janet Tashjian; Cartoons by Jake Tashjian

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