Joey Pigza really knocked…oh! look! a chicken!

January 9, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos; published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux; New YorkFarrar, Straus and Giroux,New York; 2000.

Joey Pigza has Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder; that fact is portrayed in Gantos’ manic, run-on style from the first sentence in the first paragraph of this entry in the Joey Pigza saga (and a Newbery Honor book).  In this book, Joey spends the summer with a father he’s never known, a father with his own manic issues.  What follows is a peek inside the mind of a child who knows what it feels like to be an outsider, whose medication has given him a glimpse of mainstream life; a child who is more responsible than his father.

My son could be Joey Pigza; through Gantos’ descriptions, I got a glimpse of what the world looks like through his eyes.  I would use this in a display about diversity (because it’s about a kid with special needs).  I would booktalk it to upper elementary students as well since I think all kids would benefit from looking at the world through Joey’s eyes.  I’d also be sure it appears on a pathfinder about special needs, diversity, or a similar topic.

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