29. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Contemporary Fiction

The Life of Ty: Penguin Problems by Lauren Myracle, Jed Henry (Illustrations), 128 pages, read by Angie, on 10/28/2013

Ty has problems. He is not the center of attention in his family anymore. Baby Meggie is taking all of mom’s time and Ty is feeling left out. Life at school isn’t any better. His best friend is in the hospital with cancer and he has to hang out with other kids. Ty wanders off on a field trip and ends up taking a baby penguin home from the aquarium. His older sister come to the rescue and mom agrees to spend more time with him. There needs to be more beginning chapter books for boys, but I am not sure this is the best one. I didn’t find Ty all that likeable or realistic. I did think the home life problems with the new baby were pretty typical though. The penguin was just silly and crazy. Kids might enjoy this one but it definitely wasn’t one of my favorites.

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