by Barbara Park

Paperback, 1997



Call number

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Call number

PB Par

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PB Par




Yearling (1997), Edition: Revised, 160 pages


Alex's active sense of humor helps him get along with the school braggart, make the most of his athletic talents, and simply get by in a hectic world.


Original language


Physical description

160 p.; 5.19 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member ericha.anderson
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
A hilarious story about a boy who faces the difficulties of being small for his age and athletically challenged. He uses his sense of humor to overcome his insecurities and discover another unexpected talent. Alex Frankovich, Skinnybones, challenges little league
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legend, TJ Stoner, to a battle of skills on the baseball field. Knowing full well that he can not compete with this all-star, Alex decides to use his wit and big mouth to try to save his reputation. Alex's thoughts about being a poor baseball player are confirmed, but he learns that he has a talent for writing and comedy.

Barbara Park brings Alex Frankovich to life in this story. The reader gets to know this character and feel as if he could be a part of their lives. The inner thoughts of Alex Frankovich will have students laughing and wanting to hear more. This book would make an excellent read aloud or lit circle book for the classroom. It teaches children how to cope with their weaknesses and find their strengths.
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LibraryThing member edtech5
Park, B., (1997). Skinnybones. New York: Random House.
The original "Skinnybones," was written in 1982, but the author created this "new and improved," version but the character still has a lot of tricks and jokes up his sleeves. I believe the book does touch on some of the realities of life for
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today's children, but might go a little overboard at times. Is there one kid that can really get himself into that much trouble? Alex, aka "Skinnybones," is always in some kind of predicament. This is why at times, the character is not always convincing, although his antics do elicit a good laugh every few pages.
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LibraryThing member zmalensek
alex has a hard time making friends and nobody thinks he's good at anything.and he doesn't know what kind of
mess he's gotten into until it's to late.
LibraryThing member jakdomin
Laugh-out-loud funny, this is a great adventure book showcasing the life of a skinny not-so-athletic boy named Alex, and the effort he puts forth to fit in. Young readers will instantly be hooked with Alex’s entry letter to “Kitty Fritters” in which his humor is instantly apparent. “Anyway,
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I think you should keep on making Kitty Fritters as long as there are people like my mother who don’t think cats mind eating rubber.” (Page 1) This entry ends up winning him a spot on a national TV commercial where he finally gets the attention that his nemesis T.J. had been getting all along. Alex’s inferiority, along with his humor will most likely be very relatable for readers. The short length and humor serve as a great book to read aloud in class, providing lots of feedback.
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LibraryThing member shannonbaker
This is a good book for any age. It really teaches a good lesson about not to brag all the time and make things up. Skinnybones learns that he shouldn't brag and lie about something that he can't do because then everyone will find out that he is lying and that is a problem that is hard to face.
LibraryThing member beckytillett
Skinnybones is always getting into trouble- but when his lies force him to look like a fool in front of everyone at his baseball games, he has to own up to the fact that he has some lessons to learn.

This book is a good read-aloud and has interesting details and vocabulary to use in discussions.
LibraryThing member kplowman2
For the smallest kid on the baseball team, Alex "Skinnybones" Frankovitch has a major-league big mouth! But when he brags his way into a pitching contest, this might be one mess that not even Alex can talk his way out of.
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Age Range: 8 - 12 years | Grade Level: 3 - 7
LibraryThing member Rosenstern
Alex Franovitch has been playing baseball for six year and isn't the best player. Children's novel, short and easy to read. Super fun with a younger audience around. Not as much fun when you read alone.




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