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Kaline Klattermaster's Tree House (edition 2010)

by Haven Kimmel (Author)

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Title:Kaline Klattermaster's Tree House
Authors:Haven Kimmel (Author)
Info:Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2010), Edition: Reprint, 160 pages
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A delightful story of a little boy who is dealing with his parents divorce and bullies at school with his wonderful imagination. The family struggles as all families do with various personalities and quirks, and seeing this family through the eyes of a seven year old was refreshing, it was a nice reminder that a change in perspective changes everything. Kaline uses his imagination (rather than video games) to understand the world around him. Ms. Kimmel's ability to turn a phrase and her use of humor make for a great read aloud. As a children's librarian I will be highly recommending this book! I hope there will be more books chronicaling Kaline's adventures. ( )
  knitwit2 | Feb 28, 2012 |
Um...reading this was like spending a significant amount of time in the brain of a seriously disturbed child. Possibly that was the intent.

Kaline (is that really a name? a boy's name?) doesn't know where his dad has gone or why. He's scared of the next door neighbor, his mom is acting even stranger than usual, and bullies are making his life miserable at school. Fortunately, he has his imaginary tree house and friends to comfort him.

Kaline's weird speech patterns kept throwing me out of the story, since I couldn't decide if they were typos or just the way he talked. I agree with him that his mom is nuts and wonder how on earth she manages to hold down a job as a paralegal when she is so completely scatty. And why is Kaline not in some kind of therapy? He obviously has major issues and needs help. The main part I did not buy was his dad. Here's a guy who is clearly as crazy as the rest of the Klattermaster family - timing your child's bedtime rituals is a sign of a serious problem, not to mention exacerbating his son's mental and social issues (at least according to Kaline's mom) - who leaves his son without a note or goodbye, and suddenly he reappears, says Kaline can be as messy and unorganized as he wants, and is all over him.

Call CPS somebody and hand Kaline over to the next door neighbor. Who hopefully can get his name changed.

Verdict: Awful characters and extremely weird. Not recommended

ISBN: 978-0689874024; Published February 2008 by Atheneum (out of print); Borrowed from the library
  JeanLittleLibrary | Jan 7, 2012 |
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On the last day of summer before third grade, Kaline Klattermaster, who was small for his age, sat on the top step of his front porch and looked around Hoppadoppalous Court.
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A DIVORCE was so much better than what he'd feared and so much worse than what he'd thought possible he could barely get his mind to work at all.
And remember that not one single day has ever been like the day before it, so there's not a chance in this world tomorrow is going to look like today.
An imagination is a very perfect thing indeed.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689874022, Hardcover)

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Third-grader Kaline Klattermaster's father has gone somewhere and his mother cannot seem to keep everything straight the way he did, but the two brothers and 100 dogs that live in his imaginary tree house--and his strange neighbor--help him cope.

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Third-grader Kaline Klattermaster's father has gone somewhere and his mother cannot seem to keep everything straight the way he did, but the two brothers and one hundred dogs that live in his imaginary treehouse--and his strange neighbor Mr. Osiris Putnaminski--help him cope with his father's absence, his mother's forgetfulness, and the bullies that torment him in school.… (more)

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