Sid Fleischman Humor Award Winner!
Fans of Jeff Kinney's humor and Sharon Creech's heartfelt stories will love this hilarious new series about a ten-year-old boy from a big family who dreams of making it into The Guinness Book of World Records.
Teddy Mars is determined to stand out in a world full of wonders and a house bursting with siblings. With the help of his best friends, Teddy tries to build the biggest snow mound, stuff the most grapes in his mouth, and lift a chair with his teeth. He'll do anything to succeed—even if it means sleeping in a tent and cleaning up pigeon poop for Grumpy Pigeon Man. Too bad his pesky little brother, also known as The Destructor, always wrecks Teddy's record-breaking plans!
Told in short, accessible sections, with memorable lists and winning illustrations, Molly B. Burnham's Teddy Mars #1: Almost a World Record Breaker is perfect for reading aloud. Teddy's never-give-up attitude will have readers laughing out loud and clamoring to break records of their own!
Fourth-grader Teddy Mars shares moments from his hopeful but often disappointing life in Burnham's highly entertaining debut. Much of Teddy's life revolves around four elements: his four-year-old brother, Jake ("The Destructor"), who is constantly ruining things for him; his quest to hold a world record (in anything); his admiration for pigeons; and his obsession with Star Wars. When Teddy's birthday doesn't turn out quite as expected, he decides to ditch his six siblings, each with quirks he can live without, and move into a backyard tent. An older neighbor, dubbed "Grumpy Pigeon Man," suddenly takes an interest in Teddy and offers him a job caring for the pigeons he keeps. A heartwarming friendship blossoms between the two unlikely companions as Teddy learns that wisdom and affection are not ruled by age. Delightfully rambunctious b&w sketches (not all seen by PW) elevate the comedy, while Teddy's hard-nosed perseverance (attempting the largest leaf pile, stretching the most rubber bands over his face, etc.), with the aid of friends new and old, takes world record making to hilarious new heights. Ages 8 12.