Almost a Winner

Teddy Mars, #2

This is the second book about Teddy and his love of world records. As with the first book, this book has world records scattered throughout the book giving you interesting bits of information. And, though, the first book is referenced, you can just pick this book up and start reading. Many of the same problems carry on such as that pesky little brother and the desire to break a world record. The dynamics of the Mars family are terrific to read about. Each child is so different. The parents decide to change roles which leads to even more interesting story. Teddy has to adjust to having his desk moved at school and being put into a group that doesn’t include his best friends. This story explores relationships, friendships, family ties and so much more in a fun way. The world record theme does play a major role as Teddy’s class decides to break one! Elementary school children should love this humorous story that is broke down into long chapters. Each chapter covers a month, yet there are places within the chapter to stop. The story ends as the school year does and now I have to wonder what the Mars family will be up to during the summer!

Book Blurb for Almost a Winner

Fans of Jeff Kinney’s humor and Sharon Creech’s heartfelt stories will love the second book in this hilarious new series about a ten-year-old boy from a big family who dreams of making it into The Guinness Book of World Records.

Win or lose, friends stick together. But when Teddy’s whole class decides to break a bigger, better world record, friends turn into enemies. And Teddy feels stuck in the middle. To fix this mess, Teddy will have to do something he’s never done before—try not to break a record! Can he win at losing before his whole class misses out? And can Teddy be a winner at all without help from his friends? Humor and grit triumph in this story of one boy’s struggle to make peace in a class full of record breakers, a coop full of pigeons, and a world full of wonders.

Told in short, accessible sections with fun lists and highly rambunctious illustrations, the Teddy Mars series is perfect for reading aloud. Teddy’s never-give-up attitude will have readers laughing out loud and striving to break world records of their own.

Age Range: 8 - 12 years / Grade Level: 3 - 7

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2016 4.50