September 14, Tuesday
I love the way this book allows kids to get inside the head of epic-worrier, Justin Case:
September 8, Tuesday
Tomorrow is the first day of third grade.
Mom said to focus on the bright side.
Well, Xavier Schwartz is not in my class this year. That’s bright.
No. It’s not helping. I’m still focusing on the dark side.
As well as bringing out the real-life triumphs of life as a third grader:
November 7, Saturday
Holy cannoli, I scored the winning goal in soccer today!
Dad picked me up and spun me around and around.
He thinks the extra practice somehow made the difference. I will never tell him that I was actually trying to pass the ball to Sam and just aimed it badly so it arced into the goal accidentally.
It is a secret I will keep as long as I live.
Dark Omen (nearly twelve) gamely read this book, but it really was a bit young for him. The reading level is an impressive 5.2 (for a book about third graders), so I think it is a great find for young advanced readers. With its light-hearted innocence and story of triumph over fears large and small, I heartily recommend Justin Case for worriers (and their parents) ages 8+, or even younger – because worrying has no age limit.