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    Betsy Cromer Byars
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    G K Hall & Co; Large Print edition (December 1, 1990)
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The author, Betsy Byars, really develops her characters. She backs up all the character's feelings. I read this as a child and again recently as a father

The author, Betsy Byars, really develops her characters. One example of that is when Tommy, the main character, is left on the farm. I read this as a child and again recently as a father.

Betsy Cromer Byars (born August 7, 1928) is an American author of children's books. Her novel Summer of the Swans won the 1971 Newbery Medal. She has also received a National Book Award for Young People's Literature for The Night Swimmers (1980) and an Edgar Award for Wanted.

I read this book as a child, and I consider it the first book I became emotionally invested in. In a lot of ways I was like Lennie as a child. I watched TV constantly and often wished to become part of a grand television-like drama.

Betsy Byars takes some interesting routes in the writing of this volume.

Lennie is addicted to television  . The overall moral (tv isn't real, and you shouldn't take it too seriously) is a bit obvious and heavy-handed, but not enough to ruin the book. The main appeal of the story is in the way Byers paints very specific pictures of surroundings, in a way that sets a particular mood. Betsy Byars takes some interesting routes in the writing of this volume.

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Author: Betsy Cromer Byars. Betsy Byars began her writing career rather late in life

Author: Betsy Cromer Byars. Street Date: January 1, 1998. Betsy Byars began her writing career rather late in life. In all of my school years,. not one single teacher ever said to me, 'Perhaps you should consider becoming a writer, '" Byars recalls. Anyway, I didn't want to be a writer. As her family grew and her children started to read, she began to write books for young people and, fortunately for her readers, discovered that there was more to being a writer than sitting in front of a typewriter. Making up stories and characters is so interesting that I'm never bored. Each book has been a different writing experience.

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To escape failure, boredom, and loneliness, a young boy plunges with all his imagination into the world of television

I read this book when I was a child and loved it then. For 30 years I have remembered the part about the mother cutting open the cocoon too soon, and have often thought about it. I just read this book to my 7-yr-old son and he enjoyed it just as much as I did. I wondered if the emphasis on TV jingles might confuse my son, but I guess the concept of advertising is a pretty easy one to grasp even if those particular advertisements were unfamiliar to him. I can't understand why this particular book is one of the author's least popular, because the character of Lennie is so likeable and so easy to relate to. The life-changing event Lennie experiences (snake bite) is the pivotal incident he uses to help redefine himself, and some readers seemed to object to this - and yet this is what kids do. They grow up and draw from their experiences to help them focus. I found the book a pleasure to read 30 years ago and it still is today.
I purchased this book for my 10 year old son to read for his Summer Reading Program. He stated that he could partially relate to the character and that he found it to be funny and taxing at times. He stated that he could not believe that you can just be enthralled by one aspect of something when there is so much to do.
I like the main idea of the book.
It's interesting to see what the boy will do.
I don't like how it just ends. No friendship between the boy and to girls.
It should have an ending like how they went on in life.
I enjoyed this book.
I never read this book as a child (I was 19 when it was originally published) but the TV shows mentioned are all from my childhood. So I wonder what modern kids would think about it. Some of the game shows, the jingles from tv commercials, and some of the actors and actresses mentioned will be totally foreign to readers in the 21st century. Today's readers might also wonder why Lennie doesn't just use his cell phone to call for help after being bitten by a snake.
Still, I enjoyed the book and can see why some of the readers here in the comments remember it so fondly. I fear it's time has come and gone, however. A couple of the negative comments mentioned that the book goes nowhere. Kid watches too much tv - gets bitten by a snake - quits watching too much tv. That could have been the plot of a tv show episode from the 70's. I think kids today can't relate to that kind of simplicity.
What a shame this book has gotten some bad reviews here--it happens to be one of my favorites!
I first read it at age 10 or so, and really liked it then. In fact, I kept my copy all these years (I'm now way more than 10!), and it sits on my shelf with other childhood "classics."
I appreciate the characterization of Lennie, a lonely boy who wishes he were on his favorite TV shows. His constant daydreaming is causing him problems at school, and his dangerous hobby of breaking into unoccupied summer cottages near his home leads to a life-threatening encounter with a snake. But the plot (boy meets snake) isn't really the issue here--this book is really a character study. Lennie is a good kid--well-meaning, but somewhat lazy. As a kid, I felt drawn to his predicament. Perhaps you will, too.
Does Lennie learn anything in The TV Kid? Yes (and it's not "too much TV is bad for you"). I think the other reviewers here have missed the point (it's not about the TV, people!). AND I think Byars' book is top-notch writing. Funny, touching, and exciting, too! Give this one a chance--it deserves it!
Do you like TV? So did a boy named Lennie. Lennie is a boy that lives with his mom in a motel. He loved to watch TV and he loved to fall asleep and dream that he was on TV. In One of his daydreams, he is on a game show called "Give It A Spin" The host sends Lennie to a haunted house. He tells Lennie to always have an imaginary friend with him and he would be okay.
I liked The TV Kid because I like to watch TV and sometimes fall asleep, but I don't dream about being on TV. If the reader did like the book, I would go out and buy a different book by the same author. I would recommend this book for readers because it tells you how much TV you should watch and how much you shouldn't.