Vivat, Booki. Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom. Harper, an Imprint of HarperCollins, 2016. 225 pages. Hardcover $11.09, ISBN 978-0-06-239879-6
TL;DR: Do I recommend this? Yes
Genre: School Story/Realistic Contemporary Fiction (Illustrated Novel)
Part of a series? No.
Abbie Wu is not excited about middle school. Instead, she’s terrified. Adding to the stress of middle school is the fact that she is the Great Peter Wu’s little sister. Reluctant to be seen as a mini-Peter, she desperately wants to find her Thing so that she can make her own identity.
Critical Evaluation/Reader’s Comments:
Really sweet read about wanting to find/craft one’s own identity. The style is very similar to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Popularity Papers, and Dork Diaries series. Illustrations and text work together to tell the story, but this is not a picture book or graphic novel.
Curriculum Ties/Library Use:
This would be a really fun book club pick. We could hold our very own “snack swap” (modeled on Abbie’s lunch swap) in order to be in the mood for Wu’s story. (Bonus points for cheese puffs!) (Idea from myself; allergies will definitely be taken into consideration.)
Grade Level: 3-6
Awards and Starred Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews starred 7/15/16
Erik (screen name). (2016, Sept. 29). Review! Frazzled by Booki Vivat (Review of the book Frazzled). This Kid Reviews Books. Retrieved from https://thiskidreviewsbooks.com/2016/09/29/review-frazzled-by-booki-vivat/
Kirkus Reviews. (2016, June 28). Frazzled (Review of the book Frazzled). Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved from https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/booki-vivat/frazzled/
Ms. Yingling (screen name). (2016, Sept. 24). Saturday morning cartoons- Frazzled (Blog post). Ms. Yingling Reads. Retrieved from http://msyinglingreads.blogspot.com/2016/09/saturday-morning-cartoons-frazzled.html