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Alex gets a paper route, dreaming of the money he will make and how he will spend it. But it's more work than he bargained for. Not only does he have to figure out how much money he gets to keep, but he also has to face dangers like the savage Yapper Snapper and the dreaded Four-Headed Gargantuan.
Illustrated comic-book-style with the adventures of Alex's superhero alter ego, this book shows how Alex learns that his real riches are courage and kindness.
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LAURA PEETOOM has written about mermaids, maps, and many other subjects. In addition to being the author of several books for children and young adults, Laura has worked extensively as an editor. She lives in Markham, Ontario.
KEVIN FRANK is an internationally syndicated, award-winning cartoonist and illustrator. He lives in Lindsay, Ontario.Review:
"This book teaches the reader about taking on responsibility and how sacrifice can earn you rewards, both monetarily and emotionally. Overall an entertaining book that has many good curricular applications for teaching kids about growing up. The comic strip style illustrations serve to entertain the reader and keep those with lower reading levels engaged. Excellent." (Emma-Leigh Mitchell Resource Links 2015-12-01)
"Alex vs. The Four-Headed Gargantuan would be enjoyed by readers of realistic fiction that deals with the theme of friendship ... This book would be an excellent choice for school, public and personal libraries. Highly Recommended." (Deborah Mervold CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials 2016-11-25)
"My favorite thing about this book is that Alex is not bullied- he is just worried that the teenagers are going to bully him. This is brilliant, since children's perceptions of the world are often more horrible than the realities they face.
While the drawing of the "gargantuan" is a bit odd, I liked the other illustrations. The text is simple enough for struggling or emergent readers, and the story a solid one filled with supportive parents and neighbors, new experiences, and a bit of fun along the way." (Ms. Yingling Reads - Blog 2016-12-03)
"Engaging, poignant and captivating. The book hooked me up from the beginning till the last page. I loved it and would recommend it to every young reader." (Rubina Bashir Netgalley Reviewer 2017-03-11)
"Alex is a stubborn little kid who faces his fears (with the help of his imagination) and doesn't immediately run tattling when he thinks something is going wrong. He's willing to try to deal with things himself, first, and you've got to respect that." (Lilyn George Netgalley Reviewer 2017-01-31)
"His round, even if it is only 28 houses, teaches him a lot of life skills, including organisation, saving money and how to handle a bunch of teenage bullies. The book is written in an easy style... that will hook kids immediately and keep them interested all the way through. A Fantastic book that is more than just a fun read, it's educational too." (Stacey Garrity, Whispering Stories Book Blog Netgalley Reviewer 2016-04-21)
"It has really nice themes of problem solving (with and without parental support) and taking responsibility. A really nice story that kids will like a lot." (Debbie Tanner, Librarian Netgalley Reviewer 2016-03-02)
"It's all about learning lessons as he grows up, like helping people without expectation of reward." (Paul Franco, Netgalley Reviewer 2016-02-22)
"And it's quite an interesting book. There are lots of good lessons in here - about spending money, about how money works, about helping people, about the environment, about being scared. And I don't feel like the messages hit you over the head." (Jim Manchester, Blog: How Did You Find Me Netgalley Reviewer 2016-02-20)
"Alex vs. the Four-Headed Gargantuan will be a good read for boys. While the majority of the book is written in text, a few graphic style chapters add interest and fun. The likable main character, Alex, has spunk and charm while being a typical kid." (Irene Punt, Educator Netgalley Reviewer 2016-02-18)
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Book Description Lorimer, 2015. Condition: Very Good. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP96278133
Book Description Lorimer & Company Limited., Publishers, James. Paperback. Condition: As New. An apparently unread copy in perfect condition. Dust cover is intact; pages are clean and are not marred by notes or folds of any kind. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G1459409574I2N00