Reviews for Oggie Cooder

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 March

Gr 3-5-- Sarah Weeks's Oggie Cooder (2008) wears crocheted shoelaces, used clothing, and has terrible handwriting. At lunch, he sits with another misfit, Amy, who removes the rubber bands from her braces to eat. But Oggie doesn't act like a loser. He's energetic, inquisitive, and persistent. When he's happy, he "prrrr-ips." And when he's nervous, he charves cheese (a cross between chewing and carving). Donnica Perfecto, his exact opposite, lives across the street. She's rich, whiny, and wants to go to Hollywood. When a talent show comes to town looking for a child with a unique talent, Donnica is determined to learn how Oggie charves. In Oggie Cooder Party Animal (2009, both Scholastic), Donnica is forced to invite Oggie to her birthday party, but she has a plan to prevent him from coming. Oggie is a loveable character, and William Durfris's narration is right on target. Fans of Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid titles will be drawn to Oggie. A solid addition to upper elementary humorous fiction collections.--Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI

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