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My Life as a Joke

My Life as a Joke

The My Life series (Volume 4)

Janet Tashjian; illustrated by Jake Tashjian

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From popular middle-grade novelist Janet Tashjian comes another hilarious installment in the My Life series, with illustrations by Janet's son, Jake Tashjian.

Derek Fallon discovers all the angst that comes with being twelve—he just wants to feel grown up, but life gets in the way with a series of mishaps that make him look like a baby. He passes out during a worm dissection in science class, falls flat on his face in gym class and gets a fat lip that causes him to lisp all day, and his plans for a monster-truck party turn into a bouncy house disaster. Why isn't being in middle school as great as Derek imagined? Thankfully, with a little help from his friends—and, ironically, a Toys for Tots fundraiser—things seem like they could start shaping up at last.

My Life as a Joke by Janet and Jake Tashjian is a Christy Ottaviano Book

“Readers will connect with likable Derek and his efforts to improve himself that don't ever go right . . . It's sure to be a hit with fans of the previous installments.” —School Library Journal

"A kinder, gentler Wimpy Kid with all the fun and more plot." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review on My Life as a Book

Don't forget the rest of the My Life series!
My Life as a Book
My Life as a Stuntman
My Life as a Cartoonist
My Life as a Joke
My Life as a Gamer
My Life as a Ninja

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A Time to Celebrate


"This is going to be a great year—I can feel it!" I watch the hands of the clock as they inch toward midnight.
Yesterday we stocked up on goodies: pepperoni pizza, strawberries and whipped cream,...

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Praise for My Life as a Joke

“Readers will connect with likable Derek and his efforts to improve himself that don't ever go right . . . It's sure to be a hit with fans of the previous installments.” —School Library Journal

"Give this to kids who think they don't like reading. It might change their minds." —Booklist, starred review on My Life as a Book

"A kinder, gentler Wimpy Kid with all the fun and more plot." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review on My Life as a Book

"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 on My Life as a Stuntboy

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About the author

Janet Tashjian; illustrated by Jake Tashjian

Janet Tashjian is the author of the popular My Life series including My Life as a Stuntboy, My Life as a Book, and My Life as a Cartoonist, 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.

Janet Tashjian

Janet Tashjian

Jake Tashjian

Jake Tashjian

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