Today, as I promised in this silly little poem last week, my blog is one of the stops at the blog tour for The Kooky Kids’ Club! Let’s dive in and see what my journey into this awesome middle grade book was like!
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As stated above, I got this book as part of a Digital Reads Blog Tour.
I volunteered to take part after I participated in Robbie and Shalini’s last tour – which was awesome! One Very Odd Teacher was my very first book written by Robbie Yates, and I immediately knew that it wouldn’t be my last! I loved it and wanting to read this one has never been a question!
This book is the SWEETEST! Really, I can’t express how lovely and reassuring and just utterly, completely sweet it is. The story’s not a very complicated one, but it’s engaging, and the emphasis is on the characters and what they (especially Maxine, the main character) go through emotionally. Being the weird one is never easy, but it’s something way harder when you’re a child – especially in primary and middle school. Standing out means something terrible at that age – it takes them yet years to understand and actually feel that it can actually be something great. I’m sure nearly all people has stories and feelings from around that age about wanting to belong so much but feeling like they couldn’t for their lives. Robbie’s words took me back easily to that time, yet his heartfelt yet simple style made me feel way more hopeful than I did back when I was Maxine’s age.
I loved that before The Kooky Kids’ Club notices her, Maxine has nice people in her life – even though they’re adults. I loved Miss Thompson and I loved her Aunt Izzie! I loved that they made her feel more comfortable, and made her understand she’s not alone and other people – like Aunt Izzie – has and have these problems she has, that they reassure her that it WILL indeed be better with time, but they didn’t go all dramatic over it. I found this awesome! This book was all realistic and full of sweet, short, honest conversations.
As for The Kooky Kids’ Club… this is the best idea ever! The Guidebook is from kids to kids, but it’s also from Robbie to kids: an acknowledgment, guide and reassuring that they’re not alone and their ‘kookyness’ is something great, rather than a flaw. I’m pretty sure that had I read this book back when I was 10, I would’ve made my own The Kooky Kids’ Club Guidebook, and I’d probably have tried to get some other kids to actually do our own club. That’s what I call the power of a book. I would’ve cherished this one.
Why, I do so now!
Let’s Give It A Grade!
- Story: 5/5
- Characters: 5/5
- Style: 5/5
- The Subjective Factor: 5/5
- GPA: 5
Well, this book IS actually about being unique. Being different than others, and how awesome it is that we are, and how much we can learn from each other if we just pay attention and turn with interest and kindness to each other. It tells all these things without a moment being either cheesy or telling horror stories of bullying. It’s simple, sweet and says everything.
You, if you were ever that weird kid who didn’t fit. Or if you weren’t. Also, if you have kids. Or you ever plan to have any. Or if you simply know any kid. Or an odd adult, for that matter. Definitely read this if you liked Robbie Yates’ any other book!
Banana flavored milk. Don’t know why, this is what first came to mind.
‘We Are The Others’ by Delain
Can’t wait for the next book by Robbie! 😉
What do you think about being left out? Were you the weird kid in the class, or were you popular? Let’s talk in the comments! 😉
Also, don’t forget to visit the other blogs in this tour, and see what the other bloggers has to say about this book!