Shermy and Shake, the Not So Nice Neighbor by Larson, Kirby

Shermy and Shake, the Not So Nice Neighbor

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Will summer break be a drag or a blast for meticulous Shermy when rambunctious Shake moves in next door? From Newbery Honor recipient Kirby Larson comes a bighearted chapter book about two boys' friendship.

When a new kid comes to stay with his grandmother at the house next door, Shermy's plans for a quiet, relaxing summer are completely upended. That's because Shake is nothing like Shermy. And Shermy is nothing like Shake. Shermy likes to read quietly in the shade of a tree. He knows the proper way to do a puzzle. He collects treasures in the pouch he wears around his neck, and the books on his shelves are alphabetized by author. Shake likes to play street hockey or space explorers. He gobbles up rocket ice pops and Toaster Tarts. He shows up unannounced and plays board games by his own rules. As the two boys are forced to spend more and more time together, will they learn how to get along? Or will it be one long countdown until Shake goes home? Newbery Honor recipient Kirby Larson teams up with debut illustrator Shinji Fujioka to create a humorous and heartfelt ode to summer--and to unexpected friendships.

Author: Kirby Larson
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Published: 05/09/2023
Pages: 96
Binding Type: Hardcover
Series: Shermy and Shake
Weight: 0.45lbs
Size: 7.80h x 5.80w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9781536219425
Audience: Ages 9-12


Review Citation(s):
Booklist 03/01/2023 pg. 56
Publishers Weekly 03/06/2023
Kirkus Reviews 04/01/2023

About the Author
Kirby Larson is the author of numerous books for children, including the Newbery Honor-winning historical novel Hattie Big Sky, and is the coauthor of the New York Times best-selling nonfiction picture book Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle. She lives with her husband in Kenmore, Washington.

Shinji Fujioka was born and raised in Hawaii, where he ignored sun, sand, and surf in favor of reading, playing video games, and drawing lots of ninjas, superheroes, and all manner of weaponry. Shermy and Shake, the Not-So-Nice Neighbor is his first book. He lives in Utah with his family.