Just One Thing! by Nancy ViauJust One Thing! by Nancy Viau

Just One Thing!

byNancy ViauIllustratorTimothy Young

Hardcover | September 28, 2016

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Every child about to enter middle school will be able to relate to this heart-warming, funny story. Anthony Pantaloni needs to figure out one thing he does well-one thing that will replace the Antsy Pants nickname he got tagged with on the first day of fifth grade, one good thing he can "own" before moving up to middle school next year. It seems that every kid at Carpenter Elementary has a claim to fame: Marcus is Mr. Athletic, Alexis is Smart Aleck, Bethany has her horse obsession, and even Cory is known as the toughest kid in the school. Ant tries lots of things, but nothing sticks! It doesn't help that there are obstacles along the way-a baton-twirling teacher, an annoying cousin, and Dad's new girlfriend, to name a few. Just One Thing! is chock full of hilarious adventures that will keep young readers cheering until the very end. For ages 8-12.
Nancy Viau is the author of several picture books and a middle grade novel, Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head. Timothy Young is the author/illustrator of six picture books including I Hate Picture Books! and The Angry Little Puffin.Nancy Viau is the author of several picture books including Look What I Can Do!, Storm Song and the m...
Title:Just One Thing!Format:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.75 inPublished:September 28, 2016Publisher:Schiffer PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0764351621

ISBN - 13:9780764351624


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for middle grade! Anthony Pantaloni has been nicknamed Ansty Pants by his fifth grade comrades and he hates it! He needs to think of a way to get rid of that name and quickly before middle school starts! Can you imagine being stuck with that name forever? Anthony sets out to discover just one thing that he is good at, one thing that will define who he is and what he is made of. All his friends are known for something, whether it be: a great athlete, having the cranial smarts, being horse obsessed or even, yes, bullying... but for the life of him he can't find his own thing. He really puts an effort into the search and tries to discover his hidden talent but it has never surfaced.... not yet. He not only has that worry to contend with but his outgoing cousin who is living with him because her parents are deployed drives him nuts at home and his dad is dating his teacher.... Oh my! How much can one kid take? He just can't seem to get a break in life. This book is perfect for that targeted age group. At this stage in life kids are trying to figure out who they are, what they have a bend towards, and where they want to go in life. The book talks about the frustrations and challenges that life unleashes and how with perserverance and a little help from friends and family you can make it through successfully. Will Anthony be successful and become all he is created to be? There are pages at the end of each chapter which enable the reader to journal, doodle and respond to the storyline. The entire book is narrated through the eyes of Anthony and his doodles comprise the illustrations making this a fun twist on traditional picture books. This unique feature expresses and augments the "one thing" of the character and brings Anthony alive. Very, very cool idea indeed. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2016-10-25