BEWARE OF KISSING LIZARD LIPS by Phyllis Shalant

BEWARE OF KISSING LIZARD LIPS

Age Range: 10 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 The smallest boy in sixth grade is sick and tired of feeling puny and weak. Zach fantasizes about being a superhero and works out with his best friend, Dunk; he despairs of ever having muscles, and asks Nikki Lee, a girl even smaller than he is, to teach him tae kwan do. To Dunk's chagrin, Zach's interest in Nikki goes beyond martial artsand he can't stop making a fool of himself every time he sees her. Shalant (Shalom, Geneva Peace, 1992, not reviewed, etc.) is gaining a reputation for understanding the ways preteens think, act, and talk. Zach's daily disasters never descend into slapstick, but stay realistic. The characters are just as believable; no one is too good or too badthe other students are just struggling along and the adults simply do their best. The story is long and meanders, but is always entertaining; suburban middle-schoolers will recognize themselves in these pages. (Fiction. 10+)

Pub Date: June 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-525-45199-4
Page count: 181pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 1995




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