AAARGH! Frazzled

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.


Plot Summary:

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


Reviews referenced:

Erik (screen name). (2016, Sept. 29). Review! Frazzled by Booki Vivat (Review of the book Frazzled). This Kid Reviews Books. Retrieved from

Kirkus Reviews. (2016, June 28). Frazzled (Review of the book Frazzled). Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved from

Ms. Yingling (screen name). (2016, Sept. 24). Saturday morning cartoons- Frazzled (Blog post). Ms. Yingling Reads. Retrieved from



Catch-up Post: Another Kind of Hurricane by Tamara Ellis Smith

I read this one over the summer. I’ll have to do a reread for a better memory of the book, but this is what I wrote in an assignment of mine:

If you liked how Ivy worked to help others even during her own time of stress…

Try Another Kind of Hurricane by Tamara Ellis Smith. In this book, Hurricane Katrina brings two boys together. Zavion and his father must escape their New Orleans home during the havoc of the hurricane in 2005. They lose everything except each other. Thousands of miles away in Vermont, Henry loses his best friend Wayne in a terrible accident. All he has left of Wayne is the marble they traded back and forth for luck. When Henry’s mom accidentally donates the marble in a pair of Henry’s jeans to victims of Hurricane Katrina, Henry has to go to New Orleans to find it. Will Henry heal? Can Zavion ever feel like he’s on solid ground? Read to find out!

Note: This book has some strong language for a 4th-6th grade level book. In the time following his friend’s death, Henry is upset, and he use some minor swear words (“freaking,” “crap,” “damn,” and “pissed”) when overcome with emotion.

Ellis Smith, Tamara (author). (2015). Another kind of hurricane. New York: Schwartz &   Wade/Random House. Hardcover: $16.42 ( ISBN: 978-0-553-51193-2. 336pp. Ages 9-12 (Kirkus Reviews).

Kirkus Reviews. (2015, April 15). Another kind of hurricane [Review of the book             Another Kind of Hurricane]. Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved from    hurricane/

I really felt like the kids sounded “real,” which is key when recommending a book to a child! This book involves some tough stuff, but it’s definitely worth a read.


  • Historical Fiction

Major Things:

  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Grief and loss
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Accidents