Health, Food & Nutrition

The Joey Pigza Series

Kind and impulsive Joey tackles heavy problems like divorce and child custody, finds himself in sticky situations along the way.

series, by Jack Gantos
There are two sides to every story — especially when the stories are about Joey Pigza, a kind, impulsive boy, who often lands knee-deep in trouble. The books handle tough topics like feeling left out, taking medication, and more. Parents should read these books before reading them to their children, because they deal with some heavy topics like divorce and alcoholism — and you want to be sure your child is ready for them.

by Jack Gantos
HarperTrophy, from $4.95; for ages 10 and up
Purchase Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, Joey Pigza Loses Control or What Would Joey Do?

There are two sides to every story — especially when the stories are about Joey Pigza, a kind, impulsive boy, who often lands knee-deep in trouble.

Joey matter-of-factly recounts the sticky situations he finds himself in (like losing a fingernail in the pencil sharpener). Then he lets you in on what he was thinking (“but that’s not what I intended to happen”). I urge parents to read these books before reading them to their children. There are some heavy problems plaguing Joey’s life — divorce, child custody, alcoholism — and you want to be sure your child is ready for them.

Leave a Reply