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Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli

Hokey Pokey (edition 2013)

by Jerry Spinelli

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Title:Hokey Pokey
Authors:Jerry Spinelli
Info:Knopf Books for Young Readers (2013), Hardcover, 304 pages
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I read a fourth of the way through and to me is was just a jumble while the boy was trying to get his "borrowed" bicycle back. Not Newbery to me nor is it A Jerry Spinelli book. ( )
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
I've nothing really novel to say, so I'll just dive right in and remind those who didn't like this because of lack of plot and too much 'difficult' language that they shouldn't underestimate children.

Sure, there will be some kids who won't like this. And it can't really be *taught* without spoiling it. But there are many imaginative, sensitive, poetic, adventurous children who deserve something like this. Not every MG reader needs to be spoon-fed [b:Diary of a Wimpy Kid|389627|Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #1)|Jeff Kinney|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1388183826s/389627.jpg|2617009]. Offer this bit of enchantment to your students and watch to see which kids glow in the sunshine of this ode to the last days of childhood.

If you're still having trouble seeing the relevance, don't think of it as kin to James Joyce. Remember, instead, [b:Dandelion Wine|50033|Dandelion Wine|Ray Bradbury|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1374049845s/50033.jpg|1627774] and the other magical and enormously popular works by [a:Ray Bradbury|1630|Ray Bradbury|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1361491094p2/1630.jpg]. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
I started out thinking that this book was way too strange for me, but then I followed Kim's advice and stuck with it. It was amazing. I found myself smiling and feeling sad at the same time. I thought of all of my daughters growing from being toddlers (Snotsippers?) into starting kindergarten (Gappergums?) and then those early school years as Sillynillys. When did they become Big Kids and eventually adolescents and now adults? The author makes these transitions into a magical fantasy that I really enjoyed.

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  TheresaCIncinnati | Aug 17, 2015 |
Lovely and sweet. Thanks Kim! ( )
  klburnside | Aug 11, 2015 |
This is not my favorite Jerry Spinelli novel because I'm not a fan of the stream of consciousness narrative he uses here. Nonetheless, I am dazzled by his masterful use of language and appreciate the inventive way he uses this fable-like story to capture the emotions of growing up and letting go. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
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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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