When Life Gives You O.J. eBook Ó Gives You PDF/EPUB

When Life Gives You O.J. eBook Ó Gives You  PDF/EPUB
  • Hardcover
  • 208 pages
  • When Life Gives You O.J.
  • Erica S. Perl
  • English
  • 11 October 2019
  • 0375959246

When Life Gives You O.J.[EPUB] ✼ When Life Gives You O.J. By Erica S. Perl – Essayreview.co.uk When her grandfather suggests that Zelly Fried show her parents she s ready for the responsibility of taking care of a dog by making a practice dog out of an orange juice jug, Zelly is not entirely su Gives You PDF/EPUB æ When her grandfather suggests that Zelly Fried show her parents she s ready for the responsibility of taking care of a dog by making a practice dog out of an orange juice jug, Zelly is not entirely sure about the idea.


About the Author: Erica S. Perl

Gives You PDF/EPUB æ Erica S Perl is the author of the OJ books WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU OJ Sydney Taylor Award Notable Book,Best Book, multiple state book lists including MN, FL, VA, VT and RI and ACES WILD She is also the author of many popular picture books, including DOTTY, CHICKEN BUTT , and GOATILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS A crowd pleasing presenter When Life Kindle - dedicated to reaching all readers, she is available for in person and virtual school visits, bookstore and library events.


10 thoughts on “When Life Gives You O.J.

  1. says:

    Okay, so here s what I ve been puzzling over with this book it s a PRIME example of the sort of book that sometimes struggles to find the right readers, I think Because it takes real risks, in quiet ways It doesn t announce itself as quirky or zany It just is those things, because it is human, and humans are those thingsThe book is charming, yes It is funny The characters are real The writing is impossibly good, without requiring flourishes It is smart and witty and SIMPLE In th Okay, so here s what I ve been puzzling over with this book it s a PRIME example of the sort of book that sometimes struggles to find the right readers, I think Because it takes real risks, in quiet ways It doesn t announce itself as quirky or zany It just is those things, because it is human, and humans are those thingsThe book is charming, yes It is funny The characters are real The writing is impossibly good, without requiring flourishes It is smart and witty and SIMPLE In theory, everyone is supposed to like all of those things But somehow, books like this get misread Or overlooked.What makes me love it best is what an irritating review I just read disliked about it It is PARTICULAR It is pointed It is honest If you need things to be sweet and sympathetic at every turn, or DRAMATIC, look elsewhere This book has a tiny but real mean streak It makes fun It paints a real portait of real people with adept humor, and with empathy too, with humanity Here is a test If you LOVE this line like I do whether or not you are Jewish you will love the book If you think this line is too mean, you maybe won t The camp Allie and her sister go to, said my mom, is, well IT S FOR THE GOYIM, interrupted Ace and then, a few lines later, about the same church camp, and what they do there, and why Zelly can t go Ace shrugged, IT S A PROVEN FACT JEWS CAN T MAKE FUDGE THE GOYIM THEY KNOW HOW TO MAKE FUDGE It is not that the book is about Jews that makes it particular It s that it s a little mean Zelly doesn t like Ace WE aren t supposed to entirely like him And yet, we appreciate him on many levels.If this book resembles anything I ve read, it resembles The View from Saturday It s better than most of the books I ve read this year But it wasn t written, I don t think, for reviewers It was written for kids smart enough to get it, human enough to laugh

  2. says:

    OK, I m biased I m the author , but here s what PW said In this warm novel about family, friendship, and fitting in Perl Vintage Veronica offers a refreshing take on the grandparent grandchild rapport The novel strikes an admirable balance of humor and pathos at times in the same scene And modernjewishmom.com called it a must read for all 8 12 year olds But don t just take our word for it, pour yourself a glass Because O.J isn t just for breakfast any.

  3. says:

    Children s librarians can be neatly divided into two categories with relatively little difficulty Basically, they either love and adore dogs and all things doggie related or they don t I don t I was never the kid begging her parents for a hound I did not dream of fluffy golden retriever puppies or watch the Westminster Dog Show on television with undiluted envy As an adult, I ve maintained my canine related neutrality admirably I don t dislike dogs, but I don t obsess over them So when fo Children s librarians can be neatly divided into two categories with relatively little difficulty Basically, they either love and adore dogs and all things doggie related or they don t I don t I was never the kid begging her parents for a hound I did not dream of fluffy golden retriever puppies or watch the Westminster Dog Show on television with undiluted envy As an adult, I ve maintained my canine related neutrality admirably I don t dislike dogs, but I don t obsess over them So when folks hand me children s novels that hinge on wanting one, I know right off the bat that I m not going to be able to relate Still, I read them because there will be a whole host of children out there who can relate and I need to know if this book will be any good for them If the book s going to be dog this, dog that I m going to have a hard time Far better to have a story with vibrant characters, unpredictable plotting, and conflict involving amongst other things and just a hint of 21st century anti Semitism Sure, When Life Gives You O.J. is a dog book in the strictest sense of the term, but I d go out on a limb and say that there s stuff here for child readers of all stripes Not just the dog obsessed.That Zelly wants a dog is no secret That her parents are not inclined to give in to her demands is understood She begs They refuse So when she receives a note in her room one day that makes no sense, she has no idea what she s getting into It reads KID, SEE ME IMMEDIATELY WHEN YOU GET THIS DO NOT SPEAK OF THIS TO ANYONE, NOT EVEN YOUR PARENTS OR YOUR BROTHER ACE P.S I HOPE YOU ARE READY FOR THIS Ace is Zelly s grandfather who is now living with her family ever since the death of Zelly s beloved bubbe grandmother He s a bit nutty and his plan seems to follow suit Handing his granddaughter an empty orange juice container, Ace tells Zelly that all she has to do is treat it like a dog You know Take it for walks, feed it a disgusting combo of dog food and water , clean up its poop see disgusting combo of dog food and water , etc Of course, Zelly s parents aren t on board with this plan, and she has other things on her mind distracting her There s the fact that her new friend went away to Bible camp and never wrote her There s a new boy who s Jewish like she is and super friendly And let s not forget the bully who would never let Zelly forget it if he saw her walking a wet dog food filled orange juice jug Things aren t easy for Zelly and getting a dog appears to be the hardest thing of all A glossary of Yiddish words appears at the end.Grandparents in children s literature appear in a variety of ways, but I think I can safely say that I ve never encountered anyone quite like Ace before Sometimes he reminded me of the grandfather in Louis Sachar s The Cardturner, but generally speaking Ace is an original Perl s smart too She starts off her book without giving you a clue as to who or what Ace really is All you know is that Zelly has woken up to find a note swearing her to secrecy and attached to an empty orange juice jug on her nightstand If I were a teacher handing out writing assignments I would have my kids read that first page, take in that information, and then write their predictions as to what the book is going to be about I bet you d get a range of genres, with some kids thinking there was an otherworldly connection as others imagine spy novels and secret messages It s one heckuva opening and when you actually meet Ace he doesn t disappoint That s where capitalized words his preferred method of speech will get you They re noticeable.The book provides an interesting examination of sacrifice The context considers what kids can do to persuade their parents to give them what they want not what they need Consistently throughout this book Zelly is told that she s not committed enough to her desire to have a dog She talks the talk but can she walk the walk Similarly her friend Jeremy knows a little something about giving up the thing you love the most and tries to council Zelly That s on the surface Dig a little deeper, though, and I couldn t help but think that the book does a pretty fabulous job at showing kids that if you re willing to appear just a little bit insane, not so much that your parents put you on Seroquel but enough to give them the shivers, as well as dedicated to that insanity, you can conquer the world Not a message I see in books for kids as often as I d like.A fellow librarian once pointed out to me that if you read a lot of contemporary children s fiction you would fall under the distinct impression that any and all humans of the Jewish persuasion disappeared after WWII Which is to say, name me a couple chapter books starring contemporary Jewish kids where the whole point of the book ISN T that they re Jewish It can be done but it takes some doing The only author I ve run across lately who does it with consistency is Brenda Ferber Jemma Hartman Camper Extraordinaire, etc Perl s book can now be added to that lamentably short list Now when Kirkus reviewed this book they pretty much said that it was written for a niche audience Which is to say, the book incorporates Yiddish words in the text and doesn t explain them until you reach the glossary at the end I m not sure what niche Kirkus thinks is going to read that, though, since I suspect that kids who don t run into Yiddish on a daily basis will have no difficulty whatsoever following the storyline But even those that do aren t going to read this book because of that fact either They re going to read the book because it involves a girl who lugs her orange juice container behind her like a dog Which is to say, because it s funny.One element in the book did confuse me a bit Zelly enters into this crazy plan of Ace s with the full knowledge that her parents aren t on board Riddled with doubts, she nonetheless continues to walk and feed O.J I m not sure that I ever had a clear understanding of why this was Insofar as I could tell her parents give her a pretty clear denial that any of this ridiculousness will lead to pet ownership She does eventually reach the point I mentioned earlier where the dedication of near insanity tips the scales, but before that I wasn t sure what it was that kept Zelly going A minor point.If I were feeling ambitious I could try to draw some correlation between contemporary Jewish children s books Any Which Wall, Julia s Kitchen, etc and themes of fitting in, attacking the impossible with humor, etc That s a fitting topic of a thesis and could not receive adequate attention in a mere review Still, for all that When Life Gives You O.J. seems to be a silly story about a girl lugging an orange juice container around her block, it has the ability to make the reader think big About familial relations and how we hold the living accountable for not being the idealized dead About fitting in with the people you thought understood you About getting what you want at any cost, even the high price of looking ridiculous Erica Perl has placed a fascinating little title in a seemingly simple package Top drawer all around.For ages 9 12

  4. says:

    Sweet story I read with my third and fourth grade book club Zelly s family gives her a practice dog made out of a plastic jug to learn responsibility before deciding if she can have a real dog of her own Along the way, Zelly also learns about friendship and not being ashamed of who you are Her grandfather Ace is a great character Ages 8 and up.

  5. says:

    Love the cover This is the story of Zelly Fried, an 11 year old Jewish girl from Brooklyn recently transplanted with her family to Burlington, VT to live with her widowed grandfather Ace Zelly really wants a dog and Ace proposes the practice dog an empty OJ jug that she walks, feeds and even practices with cleaning up after Through OJ, she meets Jeremy, also Jewish, who becomes a quick friend This isthe story of finding your place being proud of your heritage, and learning responsibil Love the cover This is the story of Zelly Fried, an 11 year old Jewish girl from Brooklyn recently transplanted with her family to Burlington, VT to live with her widowed grandfather Ace Zelly really wants a dog and Ace proposes the practice dog an empty OJ jug that she walks, feeds and even practices with cleaning up after Through OJ, she meets Jeremy, also Jewish, who becomes a quick friend This isthe story of finding your place being proud of your heritage, and learning responsibility, than about getting a dog It s about growing up A very pleasant read

  6. says:

    I loved this book Zelly, like a lot of 10 year olds, is feeling that life has given her a sack lemons Her family left NY to move to Vermont and the only good that could come of it is that she could finally have a dog of her own But her parent nix the plan Luckily, her wacky grandfather has a wacky idea To prove she s worthy she creates a practice dog, named O.J after the carton that makes up his body A lovely, entertaining read.

  7. says:

    Picked this one up on the recommendation of a friend without really knowing what it was about Zelly is ten years old and has moved to Vermont from Brooklyn with her family Her grandmother has passed away and they have moved to live with her grandfather I enjoyed how Perl dealt with several issues fitting in, friendships, longing for something, relationships with family members, andA very relatable book for the age group I teach.

  8. says:

    What a fun story on the surface for young readers But there is also so much to discuss and think about in this book Author Erica Perl has done a wonderful job presenting important topics for families to discuss and given readers an interesting and easy way to bring those conversations to the table Great family book discussion book.

  9. says:

    This book is about a girl that really wants a dog and her parents will not agree, so they give her a empty gallon of orange juice and tell her that is her dog Evreyday she drags it for a walk, feeds it, and takes it to the bathroom just like a real dog This book was funny and a great story idea.

  10. says:

    This book is AMAZING I love it because a girl has to do a bunch of crazy stuff just in order to get a dog IT S SO CRAZY That s basically it but be sure to STAY AWESOME

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