By Golly, I Like It!

Today I read The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman.  What a cool book!  Very reminiscent of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (which the author credits as an inspiration in her acknowledgements), this is the story of a boy who makes it into an elite sort of competition run by a toy manufacturer.  The characters are interesting, the story moves quickly, and is full of twists and turns.  I couldn’t help but root for the main character, Gil Goodson, as he struggles not only to win the games but to fight for his family’s good name.

One of the great bits of this book is how lots of puzzles and riddles are embedded throughout the story, so that the reader can try his/her wits out on them just as the characters do.  I think Feldman has created a story that will be favored for years to come in my classroom, and I’ll definitely be purchasing a set of paperbacks for book club work as soon as they are on the shelves.

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