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Boy or Beast

Bob Balaban - Author

Andy Rash - Illustrator

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ISBN 9780670012718 | 256 pages | 13 Sep 2012 | Viking Children's | 9.25 x 6.25in | 10 - AND UP years
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From award-winning actor-writer-producer-director Bob Balaban comes a hilarious new series, perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid

If popularity were a score between one and ten, Charlie Drinkwater would be a zero. He's nerdy and unathletic, and to top it all off, he's suddenly morphed into a giant mutant sea creature sometime between first-period science class and third-period English.

Now Charlie's two best friends are treating him like a science project, there's a petition to get him kicked out of school, the cool kids are recruiting him for their clique, and for some reason his parents are acting like everything is perfectly normal. What's a slimy, scaly, seventh-grade creature to do?


“Bob Balaban does it all (really he does). He directs, acts and writes funny (really he does). In my opinion, this book is a monsterpiece." — Henry Winkler


"Bob Balaban knows this world so well, you might think this actually happened to him. Read it and you'll see!" — Whoopi Goldberg


“A very funny and insightful exploration of what it means to be the REAL you.” — Julianne Moore


"With occasional comic drawings and lots of humor regarding life as a dinosaur among humans (such as the scale of reptile farts), this romp is a balm for anyone who’s ever felt awkward in their own scales err, skin. . . . A wacky story of loyalty and self-discovery." — Kirkus Reviews


"With occasional comic drawings and lots of humor regarding life as a dinosaur among humans (such as the scale of reptile farts), this romp is a balm for anyone who’s ever felt awkward in their own scales err, skin. . . . A wacky story of loyalty and self-discovery." — Kirkus Reviews


"An endearingly quirky story about embracing oneself." — Publishers Weekly


"The amiable drollery of The Creature From the Seventh Grade carries it a long way." — The New York Times


"A funny, contemporary allegory about learning to like yourself, scales and all." — School Library Journal


"Balaban (better known as a longtime stage and screen actor) excels in creating a voice that's absolutely spot-on for a tween boy." — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books



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