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Hokey Pokey

by Jerry Spinelli

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This was a very uniquely written story that I wasn't sure about the first 50 or so pages. Jack lives in Hokey Pokey, where there are no adults, bikes are horses meant to be tamed, and there is a snuggler to offer embraces when the going gets tough. Days are filled watching cartoons, playing games and chasing other kids. All is going the same until one day Jack wakes up and something is different. The tattoo that all kids have on their belly's seems to be fading. Spinelli wrote this tale as a way of showing what growing up is, how imagination slowly dwindles as you move from one stage of life to the next. A real fun, and interesting read! ( )
  smheatherly2 | Jun 12, 2014 |
RGG: A book for adults? A giant metaphor about growing up. Hokey Pokey, the romanticized land of childhood. And the boy who wakes up one day and discovers this is the day he is leaving childhood. The concept is so difficult, but the story is so young. Who is the audience for this book?
  rgruberexcel | Apr 30, 2014 |
Jerry Spinelli's latest book is a coming of age book that almost equals his _Maniac Magee_ and Sachar's _Holes_. Hokey Pokey is a world run by kids...no adults. Herds of wild bicycles, friendships, no curfews, but it must all come to an end. Told in two voices, that of Jack and his arch-enemy, Jubilee, its the story of boy-girl competition, which to the dismay of Jack's buddy's takes a different turn. And they all know from the story of The Kid that Jack is about to leave the world of Hokey Pokey. This could be a wonderful shared reading or comparision to the other books mentioned. Grades 5-8. ( )
  brangwinn | Feb 25, 2014 |
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  Tasses | Jul 21, 2013 |
In the land of Hokey Pokey, children spend their days throwing balls and see sawing and spitballing and riding trikes and doing the myriad things that kids find to do . With the exception of the Hokey Pokey Man, who makes an appearance at noon each day to distribute Ivey treats of every imaginable flavour to the kids, there are no grown-ups in evidence. Jack has been the recognized leader of Hokey Pokey for as long as anyone can remember, but that changes the morning he awakens to find that Scramjet, his trusty bike, is gone. When he finds that his nemesis, Jubilee, has takenScramjet, the day just gets more and more odd. Slowly, Jack realizes that Scramjet, whom Jack had bronco'd from a wild bike herd years ago, has initiated the move to Jubilee because Scramjet knows something that Jack won't acknowledge even to himself-- namely, that the time has come for Jack to leave Hokey Pokey. This is an interesting story line that could lead to great discussions with the right group of kids. The playful approach to language-- dropflopping and hoprocking and sneakerskiing--is a pleasure. Unfortunately, the dreamlike quality of the storytelling keeps readers at a distance, and I found it difficult to really lose myself I the tale. But fans of Jerry Spinelli and his particular brand of quirkiness will find plenty of quirk to be had here. ( )
  KimJD | Apr 8, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375831983, Hardcover)

Welcome to Hokey Pokey. A place and a time, when childhood is at its best: games to play, bikes to ride, experiences to be had. There are no adults in Hokey Pokey, just kids, and the laws governing Hokey Pokey are simple and finite. But when one of the biggest kids, Jack, has his beloved bike stolen—and by a girl, no less—his entire world, and the world of Hokey Pokey, turns to chaos. Without his bike, Jack feels like everything has started to go wrong. He feels different, not like himself, and he knows something is about to change. And even more troubling he alone hears a faint train whistle. But that's impossible: every kid knows there no trains in Hokey Pokey, only tracks.

Master storyteller Jerry Spinelli has written a dizzingly inventive fable of growing up and letting go, of leaving childhood and its imagination play behind for the more dazzling adventures of adolescence, and of learning to accept not only the sunny part of day, but the unwelcome arrival of night, as well.  

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Ever since they were Snotsippers, Jack and the girl have fought, until one day she steals his bike and as he and the Amigos try to recover it, Jack realizes that he is growing up and must eventually leave the "goodlands and badlands of Hokey Pokey."

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