ALMOST A WORLD RECORD BREAKER (Book 1)
Teddy Mars is determined to stand out in a world full of wonders and a house bursting with siblings. With the help of his best friends, Teddy tries to build the biggest snow mound, stuff the most grapes in his mouth, and lift a chair with his teeth. He’ll do anything to succeed—even if it means sleeping in a tent and cleaning up pigeon poop for Grumpy Pigeon Man. Too bad his pesky little brother, also known as The Destructor, always wrecks Teddy’s record-breaking plans!
Win or lose, friends stick together. But when Teddy’s whole class decides to break a bigger, better world record, friends turn into enemies. And Teddy feels stuck in the middle. To fix this mess, Teddy will have to do something he’s never done before—try not to break a record! Can he win at losing before his whole class misses out? And can Teddy be a winner at all without help from his friends? Humor and grit triumph in this story of one boy’s struggle to make peace in a class full of record breakers, a coop full of pigeons, and a world full of wonders.
Teddy goes from record breaker to rule breaker in this conclusion to the hilarious and heartwarming series by the winner of the 2016 Sid Fleischman Humor Award.
Just like world records, some rules are made to be broken. When Teddy’s great-aunt Ursula moves in, she makes rules about everything from juice to The Guinness Book of World Records to being a good big brother. At first, Teddy is excited. Maybe she’ll finally end The Destructor’s reign of terror! But when Aunt Ursula’s newest rule, PIGEONS ARE NOT PETS, puts the neighborhood pigeons in danger, Teddy may have to bend a few rules to save them.
Teddy’s Words to Live By:
- Escape from your family. (Sleep in a tent if you must!)
- Avoid Grumpy Pigeon Man at all costs.
- Stop The Destructor!
“Engaging first-person narration, ample drama and bizarre actual world records. Fans of world-record quests and those who enjoy lighthearted tales will savor Teddy’s efforts.” ( Kirkus Review )
“A highly entertaining debut. Delightfully rambunctious b&w sketches elevate the comedy, while Teddy’s hard-nosed perseverance (attempting the largest leaf pile, stretching the most rubber bands over his face, etc.), with the aid of friends new and old, takes world record-making to hilarious new heights.” ( Publishers Weekly )
“This heartwarming story starts the Teddy Mars series on a hilarious foot, tracing one boy’s struggle to stand out in a big family, one failed record-breaking attempt after another. Once thewreckage is cleared, what’s left is a loving family that celebrates one another for exactly who they are.” ( Booklist )
“Teddy is so amiable and put-upon, he’ll find plenty of fans who’ll want to read more in the promised series. The book’s format, with monthly chapters divided into smaller subchapters, makes this a good choice for reading logs, and the report Teddy has to do on pigeons makes this book an ideal pairing with a nonfiction title on these urban birds.” ( School Library Journal )