Since I only have 10 minutes to tell you why I really enjoyed Alan Silberberg’s latest middle grade novel I’m going to keep it simple. The three things that stand out to me are: Matt & Craz’s friendship, the fact that I would have loved this book as a middle grade reader, and the craziness that ensues when Matt & Craz try to make their lives better by taking the easy way out.
I’m all about reading books that have cool friendships, and I think Matt and Craz are a great team. These guys are totally different in so many ways, but they also have a lot in common and they totally get each other. Every day in my classroom I watch my students try to figure the whole friendship thing out. Books like The Awesome Almost 100% True Adventures of Matt & Craz can be added to my toolbox of great friendship duos.
Sixth grade Colby would have preferred to be reading this book over the assigned books that he was reading with his class. The Awesome Almost 100% True Adventures of Matt & Craz would have helped me break out of my prolonged reading slump that could also be called middle school.
I’ve always been fascinated to think about how making one small change in the past can really change a whole bunch of things and make the world go all crazy. Reading The Awesome Almost 100% True Adventures of Matt & Craz made me think of the movie Back to the Future and the book Bigger Than a Bread Box. Matt & Craz learn very quickly that subtle changes can have crazy results. I look forward to talking about this issue with my students that read this book in the fall.
If your looking for a super fun read this summer that your readers are sure to enjoy next fall I recommend that you give The Awesome Almost 100% True Adventures of Matt & Craz a read.