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MyLifeAsACartoonistBy Janet Tashjian with awesome illustrations by Jake Tashjian

There’s a new kid in Derek Fallon’s class. His name is Umberto and he uses a wheelchair. Derek’s family is still fostering Frank the monkey, and Derek thinks it would be great to train Frank to assist Umberto. But Derek quickly realizes that Umberto is definitely not looking for any help. In fact, Derek soon becomes the butt of Umberto’s jokes and bullying, and gets away with it. On top of that, Umberto starts stealing Derek’s cartoon ideas and claiming them as his own. How did Derek get himself into this mess, and how can he find a way out before he is the laughingstock of school?

This book has a compelling story and an insightful look at what happens with bullying, plus responsible ways to react. How the relationship with these two boys unfolds has many unexpected events (I won’t tell!) that amaze and also show how community support can be transformative. And if you love dogs—oh my, this book is also for you!

As with My Life as a Book and My Life as a Stunt Boy, the drawings along the way keep you wanting more and more and . . . . You get the idea.

The third of three (with more to come) of the most ingenious and fun-to-read books, in this My Life as a ___ series . Each book shares the adventures of Derek Fallon who has energy to spare and finds some form of mischief about every corner. Along the way, we are completely enthralled by the hundreds of stick figure vocabulary drawings by teen illustrator Jake Tashjian. This mother/son duo rocks! Inspires any young reader, even reluctant one, and all these books are great for read-alouds. Be sure to visit their website at to watch videos and submit your own illustrations to Jake!

Service Learning Ideas: Literacy, Bullying, Special Needs  These books easily inspire kids to make their own vocabulary cards or cartoons for readers who need support. Drawings would also be valuable for learners with a variety of special needs, or people learning a new language – imagine bilingual vocab cards. Possibilities abound! There is also a smart outline on responding to bullying that can easily lead to students taking action along with information about providing opportunities for people who have special ways, so they can be more included.

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The Reviews are In

“A fast-moving plot and relatable protagonist make this stand-alone sequel a good choice for boys who, like Derek, would rather reach for a TV remote or game controller than a book.” –School Library Journal

“Fans of the first will be utterly delighted by this sequel and anxious to see what Jake will turn up as next.” –BCCB

“This is a great package for kids, especially those like Derek who don’t think they like to read.” –Booklist

“Another fun, emotionally resonant read for the Wimpy Kid set and beyond.” –Kirkus Reviews

272 pages   Ages 9 and up

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