In Ned's Head Paperback – Nov 16 2004
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You know what they say: Two million Swedes can't be wrong. (Especially when you're talking about a country that's only got eight million people in the first place.)
That's the bestselling track record of the beloved Ned in his native land, and thankfully Sören Olsson and Anders Jacobsson have seen fit to adapt and export the diary of this hilariously inventive sixth-grader to other shores. Ned Floyd--code name Treb Vladinsky, just in case anyone discovers his secret journal--is a perfectly normal 11-year-old. Which is to say that, more often than not, he's very funny. "Death to whoever peeks in this diary. May they burn in the fires of doom forever... or at least for a little while."
This very readable 133-page journey into the head of Ned details all the day-to-day vagaries of what can be an extremely weird age: Ned ingenuously records life-or-death concerns like bullies, cute girls (written about in red), cigarettes (code-named "socks," just in case), and hickeys ("You can order them from Irene in the seventh grade") alongside seemingly equally important topics, like the political struggles in the imaginary country of Hoppalochinia, frank assessments of everyone he comes across ("you know, one of those good-looking guys with moussed hair and linen pants"), and how best to brew a werewolf's potion (which includes, among other things, Coca-Cola, black pepper, mustard, and crushed ants, but which proved unsuccessful in field tests on a friend's little sister--"Not enough crushed ants in the potion, I guess"). (Ages 10 and older) --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
In this light-hearted novel starring spunky Ned Floyd, the Swedish team of Olsson and Jacobsson offers an often hilarious look at preadolescent woes. At age 11 ("I'm twenty years old. Almost. You just take away half of twenty and add one"), Ned (code-named Treb) starts a secret diary in which he writes slightly embellished versions of his escapades at school and at home. Figures frequenting the pages of his diary include the much-envied classmate, "Nugget" ("He's strongest, next oldest, he's smoked, he's most popular with the girls, and his dad has a red convertible Corvette"); Rebecca and Nadia, two girls who set Ned's heart a-fluttering; and of course Ned's best buddies, much-teased Little Eric and scientific-minded Arnold. The authors get the tone of this transitional age just right, as when Ned spells out his quandary for his birthday "cocktail" party, featuring "the apple cider with the bubbles in it": "If [Rebecca] answers yes it's going to be a cocktail party la hugging-and-French-kissing. If she answers no, it's going to be a cocktail party la punch-and-cake." Ned's romances, experiments and attempts to impress the guys usually backfire, but the results of his endeavors will inevitably bring laughs. One-third poet, one-third floundering Casanova, one-third trickster and 100% genuine kid, Ned emerges as a lovable anti-hero, whose keen observations and creative mind will captivate even reluctant readers. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
And for all those that suggest 10 year olds are too young for this book, you're living under a rock. God forbid a kid actually read a book where the vocabulary is similar to that which they use on a daily basis. Yeah, the book discusses French kissing, and there is a scene with a dirty magazine and the dreaded "T" word is uttered in a hilarious scene, but any kid with a friend or an older sibling has seen or heard worse. Just be glad the kid's reading and get over it!
Any adults who haven't discovered the joys of reading young adult and intermediate fiction are missing out. This book is as good as any to take the plunge with! Enjoy.
As I said, it's funny and clever. But probably not for the average 8-9-10 year old.
Most recent customer reviews
its about ned and his funny stories its not appropriate for kids under 14 but its the most funny book I'v ever read.Published on March 2 2002 by Genady Malishev
Although I am not a child, but in my twenties, I STILL enjoyed this wonderfully written tale of Ned and his misadventures! It's hilarious! Read morePublished on March 22 2001
I loved this book! I recognize myself in Ned. He is like me and my friends. Everyone should buy this book. It is GREAT!!Published on March 21 2001
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