Sunday, January 10, 2010
Book of the week: Joey Pigza Swallows the Key
Joey is wired wrong, as is his father and grandmother. As a result, he has ADHD. His mother abandoned him as a young child, and he was raised by his ill-wired grandmother. She did horrible things to him, like making him act like a dog and trying to punish him by giving him time-out in a refrigerator. These scenes, of course, made me wonder what home life is like for some of my students. Luckily for Joey, his mother reappears, the grandmother disappears, and Joey is given the proper medication to control his body. This would be a good read-aloud for fifth and sixth grades (and possibly a mature 4th grade) and is sure to lead to discussions. And hopefully some empathy for the real Joeys of the world.