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Oggie Cooder #1

Reluctant readers have a quirky new friend.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Being yourself is celebrated. A character lies and suffers the consequences.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that one mean character tells lies but suffers the consequences.

What's the story?

Oggie Cooder, an odd boy with hopelessly mismatched clothes, also has the oddest of hobbies: \"charving,\" or carving American cheese into distinct shapes. To achieve the perfect temperature for charving, Oggie must always walk with cheese in his back pocket. So no, he's not the most popular of kids … until someone unexpected notices his hidden talent and has special plans for him.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

OGGIE COODER is as easy to read as its title character is easy to like, even if kids would think he was a little too out there if they actually went to school with him. Just the descriptions of his oddballness will draw in reluctant readers. He wears mismatched clothes handpicked from his parents' consignment shop (called Too Good to Be Threw), complete with shoelaces he crocheted himself. His pockets are stuffed full of American cheese, and he expresses enthusiasm by chirping the phrase "Prrrrip!" loudly in public.

Even odder is the school princess, one Miss Donnica Perfecto, who has a profound interest in Oggie's cheese-carving hobby. Along with the humor is a sweet quality and a sense of fairness as you cheer on the underdog. Kids will delight in this story and look forward to more in the series.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how some people have unique skills and others are just unique. Do you have a hidden talent? Also, why is it enjoyable reading about offbeat characters like Oggie? Could you imagine him as a friend? Why or why not?

Book details

Author:Sarah Weeks
Genre:Humor
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Scholastic Press
Publication date:February 1, 2008
Number of pages:176

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Kid, 9 years old November 16, 2010

P-rripp, P-rripp

A funny picture story. Oggie Cooder is the charving king of the word. A hidden talents may or may not change his life. But a girl named Donica Perfecto wants to steal Oggie's talent!! And Donica Perfecto becomes Oggie's manager and makes changes Oggie does not like.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 10 years old November 16, 2010

The Oggie Review

He is Oggie Cooder and he loves charving cheese. He's almost famous. The only one keeping him from going to Holly wood is Donnica Perfecto, when she tries to steal his talent. Read this book to find out what happens next.
What other families should know
Great role models
Kid, 8 years old November 11, 2010

One Weird Kid

Oggie cooder is a weird kids that likes to charve cheese and say prriip, prrip, when he is nervous. A tv show wants to make him famous and send him to Hollywood. A popular girl in Oggie's class, Donnica Perfecto, wants to go to Hollywood. She tries to change Oggie, by being his manager. He gets more and more friends as the story goes on and on.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models