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Barry Loser: I am Not a Loser (The Barry Loser Series) Paperback – 24 May 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont (24 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405260319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405260312
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Barry Loser on Jim Smith: Jim Smith is the keelest kids' book spellchecker in the whole wide world amen. He graduated from art school with first class honours (the best you can get) and went on to create the branding for Puccino's coffee shops. Jim also does the Waldo Pancake range of cards and gift items, which is the keelest thing like that that exists. As well as spell-checking, Jim offers a free smell-checking service with every book.


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Bought this on recemondation for my seven year daughter, starting reading it to her and realised that it is also fantastic for adults!
We both couldn't stop laughing so took a while to finish, she was able to read herself though so she read it again and I also read again to myself.
Illustrations are brilliant, funny and story is quick witted and so true to life!
Can't wait for next book, maybe in time for Christmas 2012? My daughter also wants a cuddly toy of Barry & Bunky!
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I am not a Loser is a breath of fresh air, the kind of light-hearted funny that 99% of kids would love. Along with some fab illustrations, the hilarious goings on make for a very enjoyable read (even for a grown-up!).
And after the umpteenth read of it, my 9 year old says...
"I started reading the book and just couldn't put it down. It was the funniest book I have read (I think ever) and I think it's better than any of the wimpy kid books. Barry Loser is my new fave, is there going to be another one and can I be in the film when you make it?"
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My local coffee shop's branding is designed by Waldo Pancake (aka this guy), and as I find it very amusing and funny, I decided to buy this book.

I am not an 8 year old, but I did find it quite heart warming, in fact, this is the first book I've read in a while which has been heart warming.
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This book is really good and I'm glad I accidentally bought it because it's really funny. I still liked it, even though I'm 11 so really lots of people should like. Definitely worth reading. I can't wait until I accidentally buy I am still not a loser. :)
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Barry Loser knows that his inner-coolness cancels out the naffness of his name but his position in his school's cool crowd is threatened by the arrival of Darren Darrenofski - ringpull throwing ninja, Fronkle-drinking fan and all around pain. Darren likes to sing `Barry Loser is a loser' to the tune of `Happy Birthday' and he always manages to be around when Barry is in an embarrassing situation.

Barry's determined to get back at Darren and prove once and for all that he's not a loser. To do so, he must enlist his best friend, Bunky and learn from his favourite cartoon character, Future Ratboy ...

Jim Smith's book (the first in a trilogy) is an amusing-enough story with some great illustrations that's likely to appeal to fans of the WIMPY KID books but it didn't have enough of a heart for me and I found the characters to all be equally unlikeable.

Barry Loser is an odd, geeky character, obsessed with the Future Ratboy cartoon. I liked the fact that he and his best friend Bunky prefer performing skits for their schoolmates (and I particularly liked Vending Machine Mum, which will strike a chord with many real mums out there) than playing sport and I also liked his closeness to his grandmother (who was easily my favourite character). However I couldn't help but feel that this was something to be laughed at as "loser" behaviour than a fun activity. Similarly Barry and Bunky do some pretty unpleasant things, the worst of which is tormenting a woman who lives near by for no good reason. The rivalry between Darren and Barry is well drawn and the pettiness highly believable and so too is the way that Barry and Bunky occasionally turn on each other and bicker.

The drawings are a lot of fun and the story unfolds at a decent pace.
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Bought for my 9 year old son as i thought the picture on the cover would encourage him to read it ( boys tend to find anything to do with poo funny) but unfortunately he has only 'skimmed' through it to look at the pictures so i only gave it an 'okay' rating and hopefully given time he will read it or pass it on to his brother.
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My sister gave my son this "I am (sort of) a Loser" as a present. (he was 5 1/2 at the time) I read it to him and he has pestered me until we bought and read all of the others including this. It's too advanced for a five year old to read by themselves but you'll enjoy reading it to them. Think of Barry Loser, the main character, as the spiritual and updated little brother of Nigel Molesworth.
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Bought this for my 8-yr-old step-son on a whim, as he's enjoyed some of the Wimpy Kid books in the past. We read it together over the last two evenings - and I came straight back to Amazon to see if there were any more Barry Loser books I could buy for his birthday next week. The illustrations made us both laugh - and he definitely felt that reading could be fun - at last! I've told some of the mums up at school about it as I think even boys who don't generally enjoy reading would really love it. Hope it's not too long to wait until the next one!
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