A very funny and touching story of a boy who is helped by his counselor. Kids love it for the humor, and adults can't help but be touched by the message. A great read aloud!
Fifth grader Bradley Chalkers is bright, imaginative, antisocial and friendless. Unlike the kids at school, who hate him, Bradley's collection of chipped and broken little pottery animals allows him to be brave, smart and vulnerable; he uses them to resolve the rejection of peers and adults. Jeff, a new boy at school, offers friendship but then withdraws his offer, because Bradley is hard to like. Enter Carla Davis, new school counselor, who is caring and funny, and who gradually helps restore Bradley's self-confidence. Feelings and emotions are strongly evoked in this touching and serious story of a disturbed child that is infused with humor and insight.
Not as good as Holes, but touching and funny.
Louis Sachar writes great kid's books. This one is no exception. It's well written and humorous.