The Adventure of the Gross Grocery (A Sara & the Sarcastic Creatures Short Story)


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We love the rhythm each page brings and she is able to 'read' with me and say the last rhyming word of the sentence. I have also watched her go from having no interest in Yoga and not knowing about it at all to wanting to try the poses and copy the children in the story. This book has lived next to her bed and has certainly become a firm favourite in our night time routine. I especially love the page where the mum has had a bad day and then uses Yoga as a way to calm down and reset for the rest of the day.

This book would also be a great addition to an early childhood classroom, through its easy introduction to Yoga and simple, realistic prompts within the story.

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This is not for kids. Olga is kooky and loves to categorize things like animal poop and fart sounds. Nov 13, Pop Bop rated it really liked it Shelves: A graduate of Harvard and Yale, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children. She declared the animal "Olgamus Ridiculus" and called it "Meh" after the sound it made.

An educator could read the book at an appropriate wind down time, thus engaging the students with the poses and hopefully allowing for a more relaxed group. The book is still a lot of fun, though, in a wildly chaotic way. Mar 10, Angela Tuson rated it really liked it. For a book featuring a curmudgeonly outcast and an unidentified furry mammal this was extremely enjoyable. This book also has a nice goth librarian, a spider who probably does not speak French, a child-friendly retailer, a realistic small dog, and a boy with scribbled hair.

Speaking from the happy experience of a tenant who's house is invaded by landlords fat For a book featuring a curmudgeonly outcast and an unidentified furry mammal this was extremely enjoyable. Speaking from the happy experience of a tenant who's house is invaded by landlords fat furry little pet, the plot of the book was relatable.

Half a point off for ending too soon. Mar 18, Marie Soleil rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dans le monde, selon Olga, rien n'est jamais aussi fascinant que l'improbable Oct 13, Yaritza rated it it was amazing. Olga wants to be a animal scientist, who finds an animal who she can't identify. The book has funny illustrations that go through her observation lab. It was such a fun book for young children especially if they love science and animals. Olga is hilarious and very smart.

Author did a great job to bring a book that will teach kids about science and the love of animals. If you need a laugh you will want to read this quirky book. Sep 02, Trin rated it really liked it Shelves: Some scatological humor to appeal to those youngins, but it's not excessive.

Mar 29, Franki Sibberson rated it really liked it Shelves: Pretty fun book for fans of Wimpy Kid, Captain Underpants, etc. It is nice to have a humorous hybrid book with a female main character took. Jun 04, Dorine White rated it it was amazing. Olga is a budding scientist.

She loves animals and likes to record things in her journal. One day she finds a new species of animal, a smelly, oval, hairy thing that she calls Meh. Using her journal she writes down all of her observations and Meh facts. One day though, Meh disappears and Olga goes out of her mind trying to get him back.

Could he have been taken back to his alien planet or be hanging out in the grocery store eating olives? My Thoughts- This is a truly weird story and my eight year Olga is a budding scientist. Olga is kooky and loves to categorize things like animal poop and fart sounds. I can not even tell you how weird this book is. Meh is a smelly creature that eats olives and burps. There are images of her journal pages with fun animal facts and also illustrations, all done in black, white and red.

You can't help but laugh at the story and the zany drawings and insights. I kept reading with the hope of finding out what Meh was, but spoiler, turns out you never find out, which would have bugged me, except the whole book had been so strange, that by the end I just shook my head. Middle graders will love this book. It is a simple read, but all the potty humor and strange scientific revelations keep it fun.

It is really hard to give this a score, because the story is short, but I'm just going to give it a 5 for being weirdly odd. Sep 11, Mrs. Shaffer rated it it was amazing Shelves: Olga, an animal lover, finds an unidentifiable strange and smelly pink creature and sets out to figure out what it is using the scientific method. She chronicles her adventures in her notebook as often-gross hilarity ensues. A diverse cast of characters including wackily portrayed helpful adults, teenybopper mean girls from the neighborhood, and a new friend plus his endlessly peeing dog are all giggle-worthy, as is Olga herself.

And I absolutely loved it! AND, kids will too Olga, an animal lover, finds an unidentifiable strange and smelly pink creature and sets out to figure out what it is using the scientific method. AND, kids will too! Especially perfect for those ugh, I hate to even type it, but yes girls who loved Dork Diaries or Amelia's Notebooks but with a fun science angle.

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Those "can't get enough animal books" kids will love this, too. Also, it's gross enough and funny enough and weird enough that I'm pretty sure the spunky female protagonist won't be a turnoff to MG guy readers, especially if they're Captain Underpants fans. And really, who isn't. If you discovered an animal of unknown origin, what would you call it? Perhaps you would name the species after yourself? That's what young animal scientist Olga did when she found an odd-smelling animal that had rainbow-colored poop.

She declared the animal "Olgamus Ridiculus" and called it "Meh" after the sound it made. Great for kids who like graphic novels, because there are lots of silly looking pictures. I'm off to read book 2! Mar 31, Jordan rated it it was amazing. I like when the animals do farts.

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The story of Eva Carmichael by Gary Crew the way O'Sullivan draws the seas and its animals, the cliffs and the debris left by the shipwreck. The story surrounds Hamish Ellerby, who begins by finding his family The story is consistently funny, with toilet/gross humour throughout.

I like the illustrations. My favourite part is when Olga calls a random guy 'Walter' and his shirt says 'I love potatoes. The three of us had a hoot. Dec 29, Sara rated it really liked it Shelves: A fun and different way to explain the scientific method. Appealing combination of cuteness and potty-humor, that I think would be appealing to lots of kids. A lot of pictures and expressive text, without seeming like a picture book something older kids avoid. But, more text than I would consider a graphic novel.

Mar 13, Tasha rated it really liked it Shelves: When Olga discovers an unusual creature, she soon realizes as she researches it that she has potentially discovered a new species. Olga knows some things about Meh, she knows he has rainbow-colored poop, that he smells bad, that he loves to sleep in buckets, and that he can hold things with his tail. Luckily though, Olga has friends in her community to help, even if she personally prefers animals to humans, including a librarian, an owner of an unusual food store, and maybe even a new boy she just met.

It will take all of them to figure out the answers to Meh along with some help from unlikely people as well. Gravel embraces the science of discovering a new creature in this elementary-school novel. The book keeps a light and playful tone as it demonstrates the process of discovery, research and investigation. Olga is a character who embraces her role as a scientist, taking it very seriously that things are documented appropriately as she works through figuring out Meh and his species.

Throughout the book, humor and silliness prevail, making it very readable. The use of plenty of illustrations makes this book all the more approachable for children. The illustrations almost create a graphic novel here, creating even more of the playful tone of the text. The illustrations are colored only with pink and red and drawn in a loose cartoon style that works well.

A welcome addition of a young female scientist as a main character of an elementary graphic novel. Appropriate for ages Feb 14, Sakina rated it liked it. May 06, Pingouin added it. In this hilarious graphic novel for all ages, Elise Gravel doesn't disappoint. Mixing together thing playful illustrations and terrific narrative with just a sprinkle of adorable animals , Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere just can't be put down!

Mar 17, Beth Kakuma-Depew rated it really liked it Shelves: Olga is grumpy and anti-social, and easily annoyed by girly-girls. But she doesn't realize what she really needs - until the discovery of the Smelly Thing from Nowhere an ugly-cute lump. Then in her quest for knowledge about it, and later her quest to recover it, she meets allies that by the end, become friends.

His only question was "Where's Olga's mom? But at the end she has a party and invites two adults, as well as other kids. I know it's hard to mention a parent without them becoming Major Characters, but seriously some kinda adult permission was involved, right? Still, he wants to know when the sequel's coming out. Apr 12, Teresa Edmunds rated it it was ok Shelves: Olga is lonely and feels that people pick on her, so she doesn't like people.

Her best friend is a spider that lives in the bathroom. One day Olga hears odd noises outside and hopes to find a raccoon or even a giant maggot. Instead she finds Meh, and unidentified creature. What does it eat? Through her investigation, Olga makes a new human friend, learns more about creatures, and finds that she has misjudged some people. I'm sure there will be young readers who wil Olga is lonely and feels that people pick on her, so she doesn't like people. I'm sure there will be young readers who will like this book. The unfortunate part is that there is such a negative feel to the book.

Olga hates humans, yet there are many kind people in her life. Animals are interesting but the story focuses heavily on poop, pee, farts and gross details perhaps for stereotypical humor. It was okay but could have been so much more.

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Feb 23, Katherine rated it it was amazing. The grandchildren love this book. Funny and addresses sensitive issues. Mar 14, Ellon rated it liked it Shelves: I received this book for free as part of the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway program. Olga is a scientist who finds an unknown animal in her shed. The book follows her observations of the animal as she tries to figure out what it is, what it eats, etc. I liked the female protagonist. It was nice that she was so interested in science and not easily grossed out. I think Olga will serve as a good role model for girls who read this book.

I also liked how she went to the library to find information. The book was silly and had the gross factor that elementary students love.

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Elementary students will also enjoy the mix of comic-book-like illustrations and text. I didn't like that Olga let the helium balloon go. For her caring so much about animals, this is just a horrible thing to do as balloons end up killing many wild animals. I felt like some of the book was a little too bizarre, like the items sold at the store. I think that middle-grade students the target audience will enjoy the book though. Dec 13, Diamond rated it really liked it Shelves: Olga is really a cute kid. She loves science and experimentation, the humor was that great double edged thing where the person reading with the child will laugh just as loud because its funny no matter what your age is.

Oct 11, Constance rated it it was amazing. It's full of wonderful drawings, and Elise Gravel's humor will appeal to kids everywhere! Feb 04, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: I loved the combination of science and hypotheses with humor and pets. The inclusion of a librarian really won me over!

May 08, Mary Lee rated it it was ok Shelves: Kids will probably like this, but all the fart and poop humor was lost on me. May 05, Erica rated it it was ok. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love Gravel's drawings and I love the concept - a girl who loves animals and uses a notebook to record her observations. Olga is energetic, dramatic, opinionated, resourceful, and unique. Yet, however much Olga talks about cuteness as being her favorite quality of a creature, and however much she seems enamored of farts and colorful poops, she clearly comes across as judgmental and arrogant, heading toward willfully ignorant.

First, Olga lets go of a helium balloon as a way to send a letter to I love Gravel's drawings and I love the concept - a girl who loves animals and uses a notebook to record her observations. First, Olga lets go of a helium balloon as a way to send a letter to a beloved creature - while we have been talking about the dangers to wildlife of helium balloons for decades - haven't we?

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By that point in the story, I already didn't like Olga very much, but if I had, it would have or should have undermined my respect for her. Where was Gravel going with that? If the point was to prove not all humans are lame, readers already know that - not only is the reader human, but so are several positive characters in the story; Olga, but Chuck, Ms.