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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Frazzled by Booki Vivat

FrazzledFrazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom

This book is written by Booki. Booki wrote the book. That is the real name of the author. You might seriously consider reading this book because it is dedicated to you - middle schoolers or middle siblings. The complete title gives away the plot of the story. Abbie Wu is starting middle school and she is a middle child. She has the usual butterfly feeling about starting middle school. She can't figure out her own "thing". Her friends have found their own special thing and her brother excels at everything. Abbie's worries are constant and affect her daily. Her mother is not helpful. Her brother is empathetic but not very helpful. Her aunt tries to be helpful and gives guidance. It is Abbie who works things out for herself.

This is Booki's first book. I appreciate how an Asian girl can be the main character naturally without race or gender being an issue. A few unusual references in the book are seat belts on a school bus and a huge campus-style layout for middle school. Booki illustrated all her own doodles. I don't know how one person can do so many. She even started with the black drawings before the dedication page. These drawings are better than graphic novels in a way. Some are so big that they explode off the page. Wait until you see the variety of fonts and doodles. Thanks for the book, Booki!


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