SURVIVING BRICK JOHNSON by Laurie Myers

SURVIVING BRICK JOHNSON

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Age Range: 8 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

Myers (Guinea Pigs Don’t Talk, not reviewed, etc.) brings unusual insight to a perennial children’s book topic. Having rashly done a rude imitation of hulking classmate Brick Johnson in front of the entire lunchroom, pipsqueak Alex is sure that his days are numbered. Despite little brother Bob’s insistence that Brick, who has volunteered to read stories to his first-grade class, is a nice guy, Alex makes strenuous efforts to avoid any encounter—most of which, to his consternation, seem to have the opposite effect. Casting about for any lifeline, Alex even enrolls in karate class, where the teacher’s talk of respecting others seems less useful than a well-practiced round kick. Until, that is, he suddenly finds himself facing Brick as a sparring partner. Astonishingly, rather than punching out Alex’s lights, Brick bows, setting the stage for a conversation that makes it clear that the threat was entirely a product of Alex’s imagination. In fact, the two turn out to share an enthusiasm for baseball card collecting that by the end puts them well on the way toward friendship. Brick’s apparent unawareness of Alex’s angst doesn’t quite ring true, but Myers’s suggestion that hostilities often hinge on misunderstanding or incidents blown out of proportion is well taken. (Fiction. 8-10)

Pub Date: Sept. 18th, 2000
ISBN: 0-395-98031-3
Page count: 72pp
Publisher: Clarion
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2000




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