Item description for The Brand New Kid by Katherine Couric...
Overview Lazlo, who has just moved to the United States from Hungary, is ostracized at school until two girls have the courage to befriend him.
Publishers Description Ellie McSnelly and Carrie O'Toole were running and laughing-their first day of school was today And they wondered just what was in store. Would this be a good year? Would school be a bore? Everyone remembers feeling excited and nervous each fall on the first day of school. It's no different for Ellie McSnelly and Carrie O'Toole. But this year, there's not only a new teacher to meet, but a brand new kid as well. Lazlo S. Gasky doesn't look or speak quite like the other kids, and no one is sure what to make of him. In fact, they respond to his arrival at Brookhaven School by taunting and teasing him. But when Ellie realizes how tough it is for Lazlo, she reaches out, and after school one day they share an afternoon of soccer, strudel, and chess. Besides making a new friend, she and Lazlo teach their classmates an important lesson- one that isn't in their schoolbooks-about accepting people who are different...and in getting to know Lazlo, the kids learn that people aren't that different from each other after all. From one of America's most respected journalists, The Brand New Kid is a heartwarming story about tolerance and the need to give others a chance that will entertain and inspire children and adults alike.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Brand New Kid by Katherine Couric has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 06/01/2000
Library Journal Prepub Alert - 06/01/2000 page 96
Entertainment Weekly - 08/18/2000 page 120
Publishers Weekly - 10/02/2000 page 80
New York Times - 11/19/2000 page 59
School Library Journal - 02/01/2001 page 93
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.32" Width: 8.32" Height: 0.38" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Oct 10, 2000
ISBN 0385500300 ISBN13 9780385500302
Availability 0 units.
More About Katherine Couric
Katie Couric has been a co-anchor of NBC News' Today since 1991, and in that position she has covered and debuted many important stories about life in America. She is also a contributing anchor for the newsmagazine Dateline NBC. She has been awarded two Emmys, named one of Glamour's Women of the Year, and won wide recognition for her excellent journalism. Raised in Arlington, Virginia, she lives in New York with her two daughters and is at work on her next book. Marjorie Priceman was awarded a Caldecott Honor for Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss, one of the New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Books of 1995. Since her first book, the award-winning Friend or Frog, she has illustrated sixteen books and authored five more, including Emeline at the Circus (1999), also a Times Ten Best Illustrated book. Raised in New York, she studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and currently lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Brand New Kid?
Another Celebrity Book Oct 23, 2005
Katie Couric is a journalist, not a children's book writer. Writing children's books is a lot harder than most people think. Most publishers shy away from books that rhyme, and for good reason. Also, as adults, WE like kids to learn good morals, but children needn't be (figuratively speaking) bopped over the head with it, as in this book.
Lumbering Aug 10, 2005
I am trying to remember why Couric went into the kids' book business. Wasn't the day job working out Katie?
As I picked up the book from a display of "back to school" books it was not displeasing to look at. Although the illustrations are working hard, they cannot rescue this book. The storyline was very predictable, heavy handed and pedantic. The rhyming verse just saws away and lumbers along in a forced and sing-song fashion.
"His name is a different one, Lazlo S. Gasky. He's new to our school and the town of Delasky."
Wow, how about that. The kid's last name happens to rhyme with the name of the town. Golly.
To go on any further would be cruel. Couric and other lesser lights are under the impression that a tale must be moralistic in order to appeal or impress children. I suppose it does impress unsuspecting parents and grandparents who will misguidedly but with the best of intentions, purchase this book.
If you are looking for a REALLY good book with this theme, go get "Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon" by Patty Lovell with divine illustrations by David Catrow.
badly rhymed+badly written+famous author=published! Mar 7, 2004
This is an example of what happens when good people write bad books. I have nothing against Katie Couric herself, and I realize that she had good intentions, but this book is so badly written, the rhymes are so forced, and the moral so obvious that it just overrides any intent she may have had. Books should be published based on the merit of the writing, not on the celebrity of the author. At best, it is a sophomoric effort (and I'm being kind). There are better books for kids about acceptance/tolerance out there. Save your money - it is a waste of paper.
TRUE Mar 13, 2003
A story about a boy, Lazlo, who is new in school. The kids in his class make fun of him. I think we can all relate to Lazlo in all different ways. People have made fun of you, and you have also made fun of other people. But in Lazlo's case, the students in his class mocked him constantly, and that can really hurt. But there is always one person at least who has a good heart, and in this case, it is Ellie. Ellie is the only one who gives Lazlo a chance, and finds out that he really is a great guy. This story teaches you that looks can be decieving. Don't judge someone by what they look like, they could be a really great person deep down. Kids can be really mean to a person, and people are afraid to say anything. Don't be.
Whew, tough crowd! Dec 13, 2002
Despite the criticism, I thought that this book was very good. I'm very concerned with kids becoming outcast and becoming something we don't desire in our schools. We were terrible to new kids when I was young until my mother set me straight. This book is an excellent tool to have a discussion not only about an outsider, but also anyone who is different or even the same, but new!