Wednesday, June 8, 2011
When Life Gives You O. J. Review
When Life Gives You O.J. by Erica Perl
Genre: Juvenile Fiction (June 14, 2011)
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: Won from Shelf Awareness
For years, 10-year-old Zelly Fried has tried to convince her parents to let her have a dog. After all, practically everyone in Vermont owns a dog, and it sure could go a long way helping Zelly fit in since moving there from Brooklyn. But when her eccentric grandfather Ace hatches a ridiculous plan involving a "practice dog" named OJ, Zelly's not so sure how far she's willing to go to win a dog of her own. Is Ace's plan so crazy it just might work . . . or is it just plain crazy?
Erica S. Perl weaves an affectionate and hilarious tale that captures the enduring bond between grandparents and grandchildren. Even when they're driving each other nuts.
What a wonderful fun book for young ones interested in getting a pet. The concept is a good one for teaching the responsibilities of owning a pet. Zelly begins to tire of this “practice dog” because she is afraid of what people will think of her.
This book is for ages 9-12, but would be a great read aloud for families that have a young person begging for a pet.