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Grade Level: 3-4 Age Level: 8-9 Listening Level: Grade 3-4 Oggie Cooder has a talent. He chews and carves pieces of cheese into any shape he wants them to be. This is called charving. Oggie doesn t think his charving is anything special. In fact, most of the kids in his school think it s a little weird. But then a big TV show comes to town, looking for people who have weird talents. Suddenly, Oggie is Mr. Popular especially with Donnica Perfecto, the girl across the street who wants to be famous, no matter what. Will Oggie be able to charve his way to the top? Is he ready to be a Big Cheese? Get ready for a fun, hilarious story about a charving champion you ll never forget."
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Born in Ann Arbor Michigan, Sarah Weeks tried to become a champion charver in order to write this story, but she found that she wasn’t quite as good at it as Oggie Cooder. Luckily she does not depend on her charving skills to make a living. Instead, she writes widely acclaimed books, including So B. It, the Guy series (Regular Guy; Guy Time; My Guy; and Guy Wire), and the Boyds Will Be Boyds series (Beware of Mad Dog; Get Well Soon, Or Else!; Danger! Boys Dancing; and Fink’s Funk). She lives in New York City, and can be found on the Web at www.sarahweeks.com.From School Library Journal:
Grade 3–5— Sarah Weeks's Oggie Cooder (2008) wears crocheted shoelaces, used clothing, and has terrible handwriting. At lunch, he sits with another misfit, Amy, who removes the rubber bands from her braces to eat. But Oggie doesn't act like a loser. He's energetic, inquisitive, and persistent. When he's happy, he "prrrr-ips." And when he's nervous, he charves cheese (a cross between chewing and carving). Donnica Perfecto, his exact opposite, lives across the street. She's rich, whiny, and wants to go to Hollywood. When a talent show comes to town looking for a child with a unique talent, Donnica is determined to learn how Oggie charves. In Oggie Cooder Party Animal (2009, both Scholastic), Donnica is forced to invite Oggie to her birthday party, but she has a plan to prevent him from coming. Oggie is a loveable character, and William Durfris's narration is right on target. Fans of Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid titles will be drawn to Oggie. A solid addition to upper elementary humorous fiction collections.—Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI
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