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If there was an ALA award just for comedy, MY LIFE AS A POTATO would earn that gold sticker this year. This book is SO FUNNY. Multiple times while reading it I laughed to the point of tears, and other people around me came over to ask what could possibly inspire so many giggles. MY LIFE AS A POTATO, that's what!
I will be recommending this one to everyone I know, especially kids—they deserve high-quality, well-written, humorous books like this one.
Arianne Costner is an incredibly talented writer, and I eagerly look forward to her next book!
My Life As A Potato – By Arianne Costner Genre — Middle-grade fiction
According to the dustjacket of this darling book, the author “believes that writers should crack up at their own jokes.”
I’m here to tell you that my husband and I laugh more reading this book than we’ve laughed in a long time! We read it on a roadtrip through Idaho, which made it all the better, (being that we were actually IN the potato state!) Protagonist Ben lives in Idaho, only because his parents moved him there from lovely California to Idaho.
You won’t want to miss Ben’s hilarious middle-school adventure. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to laugh! I’m buying it for my middle school grandson for his birthday!
MY LIFE AS A POTATO is hilarious, relatable, and full of heart. 7th grader Ben Hardy is trying to reinvent himself as a cool kid after a move from California to Idaho--but his new identity is threatened when he's forced to step in as the school's dorky potato mascot. Will he keep up with the popular crowd or embrace who he truly is?
Full of potato puns and #relatable middle school feels, this book had me snort-laughing all the way through. Ben's struggle is perennial and universal, and the author, Arianne Costner, channels middle school realness with ease. Perfect for kids grappling with questions of identity--or just plain wanting to have a good time!
My Life As A Potato was such a cute and fun read! There were multiple LOL moments that literally had me laughing out loud, as well as some surprisingly heart-warming scenes. Perfect for any middle schooler (or really any age!) looking for something fun and light hearted but with great messages about friendship and staying true to yourself. It was fast paced enough that it kept me reading until I’d finished it a day after getting it in the mail, and left me hoping for a sequel!
As an educator, I highly recommend this book. Ben, the main chracter, has a hard time fitting in at his new school. He unexpectedly gets into trouble at school and his punishment is to become the school's mascot, SPUD. Ben tries to keep it a secret because if others found out, it would only make finding friends even harder. All the throughout the book, Ben encounters obstacles but tries his best to keep it a secret.
This books is an excellent mix of humor, suspense, mixed with a captivating plot. My students and I loved this book. They were begging me to read aloud everyday. As a teacher, nothing is better than the excitement of children begging for the next chapter. This book is a great read aloud and a fantastic source of literature filled with figurative language.
I enjoyed this book very much. The characters are likable and relatable, the dialogue is wittier than a lot of adult books I've read, and the story works. This would be a great read aloud book for many ages and a good one to discuss with the kids with issues touching on choices and the consequences of those choices, popularity, the qualities of good friends, and kindness. Though those issues are touched on, the story is overall fun and entertaining. Great debut for this author.
I love this book and so did my 8yo son. We enjoyed reading it together, laughing together and cheering for Ben as he went through his various antics in middle school. This is a great debut for this new author! Can't wait to see what she writes next.
Don’t eat mashed potatoes while reading My Life as a Potato because you’ll laugh so often, you’ll accidentally spew potatoes everywhere. This is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. The main character has a wonderful sense of humor and his antics as a potato mascot are awesome. Along with the humor is a deep theme of friendship and acceptance. I highly recommend this book.