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Not Just For Breakfast Anymore [Kindle Edition]

PV Lundqvist
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Benny wants a pet—a dog or a cat. You know, the kind of pet everyone else has. But other kids don't have his mom. She likes to do things differently.

So Benny doesn't know what to expect when he first opens the pet carrier. Certainly not that his neighbors will want to kick is family out of town—he just got here! And he was just about to make the baseball team, too.

Will he fight for his pet or back down?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 326 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615319149
  • Publisher: Stick Raven (Dec 17 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031Y6TIO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Sept. 3 2010
Format:Paperback
For his birthday, Benny receives a pig as a pet. At first, he wishes he would've gotten a dog, but then grows attached to it after he saves it from getting lost in the swamplands near his house.

One of the neighbors, however, is dead set against Benny's pig being kept as pet. Will Benny find a way to keep his new friend, or will he have to give it away?

A fun, realistic fiction story about a boy and his pig. The characters are well-developed, the plot is unique and keeps the reader's interest in unique ways.

Readers who like realistic fiction will like NOT JUST FOR BREAKFAST ANYMORE.

Reviewed by: Kira M
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  19 reviews
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRULY WELL WRITTEN YA NOVEL. What a delightful read this one was! March 29 2010
By D. Blankenship - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Well, I must stay that over the past several years a worrisome trend has reversed itself and we have recently been treated to a growing number of YA books that not only present a good story, but ones that are well written. The reason for this, in my opinion, is due to the increase in quality books such as the one being reviewed here by PV Lundqvist. Readers and teachers are demanding more and they now are receiving it. What a delightful read this one was.

Young Benny (Actually, his name is Bengt, something the young lad changed to Benny on his own, as soon as he was able), wants a pet. He will settle for a cat but what he really wants is a dog. Benny has been blessed with, or cursed with...depending on how you want to look at it, a "creative" mother, ergo the name Bengt; a name that is not ordinary and common, you see. Well anyway, on his birthday Benny indeed does receive a new pet, not a cat, not a dog, not even a cool big lizard; no, no, no...a Vietnamese Potbellied pig no less!

And so we are instantly drawn into the life of Benny, a kid who wants what normal kids his age want; acceptance, making the baseball team, no hassles from bullies and of course a dog. Like real life though, not all always turns out the way our young lad would like. There seems to be trouble from every direction. There is of course the acceptance factor, relationships with family members and life's lessons to be learned.

This is a well told tale of growing up; of being at that very strange and difficult age when a boy is leaving childhood behind and is learning to join the adult world. The author has skillfully woven family, school, community, friends, baseball, rivals, and of course pets into a story which is quite often full of humor, often filled with the anxieties of growing up, and above all, the lessons learned during this difficult period in the maturation process of us all. But make no mistake; not all is grim life. This writer has a keen sense of humor and it shines through on almost ever page.

Lundqvist has gotten his characters down perfectly as well as the relationship between these various characters as the story progresses...including that of the pig. The story moves on at a very nice clip which causes the work to be a bit of a page turner in a mellow and concerned sort way. I liked that. I also noted that there was not one instance or incident in the book that was not completely believable. This would also hold true for each and ever character which allows almost instant empathy on the reader's part on all fronts. The reader will be able to absolutely identify with not only the characters but also the dilemmas and situations as they pop up in young Benny's life.

Being "officially" retired now, I spend my days as a substitute teacher, and for the most part work with kids of middle school age; the age this young boy in this book. It should also be noted that my wife and I were one of the first breeders of Vietnamese Potbellied Pigs in the United States and spent several years raising, training and showing these little creatures. We have had several "house pigs" of our own. I can fully attest to the fact that this author does now his middle school age children and does know his pigs!

I have been preaching all my life that each of us must follow their own drummer, and if perchance some of us choose a tambourine player, well so be it; so much the better! The author has worked in several very important lessons in this work without being preachy or overbearing in the least. As a matter of fact, he is rather sneaky about it.

Strong plot, good and believable characters, crisp prose and a story line that moves; what more could you want in a book?

Don Blankenship
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Wimpy Kid Here: A Great Book for Mid-Grade Boys Jan. 1 2010
By Stephanie Gehlen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Not Just for Breakfast Anymore is a book about standing up for yourself - about dealing with bullies of any age; about being who you are; and also about learning to recognize real friends, and to appreciate your family.

Just like Benny, the hero of this book, my nine-year-old son is a baseball player and really wants a dog. He could relate to worrying about making the team, and to having to deal with people who try to make fun of your name, or your pet, or what you do in your spare time, for reasons that may have nothing to do with you. The book has very funny moments - my son loved the part where the pig is on the loose in the house for the first time - but it's not just another Diary of a Wimpy Kid: it has depth, and warmth. Benny's relationships with his mom and his dad are believably portrayed; it is interesting to watch Benny come to see both his parents in a new light. Benny's classmates and the townspeople are people you recognize. And while the story ends well, Benny learns that some things are worth their price, and some are not - something many mid-graders have to figure out.

Though girls could certainly read and enjoy this book, I would particularly recommend it for boys in grades 4-6. As the parent of a fourth-grader, I know there aren't all that many good stories for boys in this age group on the market, so I really appreciated finding this - hope to see more along these lines.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great young adult book Aug. 10 2011
By SciArt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What a great read! This book was not a run-of-the-mill kids book. It tackled old themes refreshingly. It deals with self-esteem, standing up for what you believe in, and keeping an open mind. Surprisingly not pedantic. I think any kid would be lucky to read this book :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD June 12 2010
By PJ K. Culley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Rating: 5/5

My 4 year old son absolutely adores me reading to him, and when he saw the cover of this book, he demanded that I read it to him right away. Both of us really enjoyed the story!

He loved it because it was story of a pig. I loved it for the lessons that I've seen him learn from it, even though we only finished it a few days ago. He was deepened by my teachings of self-esteem and standing up for not only what you believe in, but for what is right. We both enjoyed the story of a young boy given a unique birthday present/pet, and how sometimes you get the things you didn't even know you needed until you received it. The story flowed so well, I didn't feel any thing was lacking in how one person got from one place to another, and the quest that our young hero took was very riveting. The time spent in the rain storm in a log was worthy of college literature class discussions on symbolism. And while I read into the book more than my son did, he loved it too. He enjoyed growing with the characters and the pig.

Now, please get him off my back about why we can't have a pet pig in our apartment!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! June 8 2012
By VJB - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this novel about a young man, his "unique" pet, and the fight with the town to be able to keep the pet. The book is well written, well thought out, and would enhance any young adult's library. It gets kids back to being kids, not vampires, not werewolves, just kids, pets, and baseball. I'd highly recommend it.
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