Daniel Pinkwater must have enjoyed yo-yos during his childhood. He has created a fun story of determination. Yo-Yo Man is definitely a boy read. The storyline has conflict, action, and a desire to be number one. I must admit that it’s not a book I personally love; but I know my sons and they loved it.
Savorings in reading and in writing for Yo-Yo Man:
- Persuasion – Ramon: the yo-yo champion does a demonstration and the kids go wild. He hands out a book – free of charge – with the tricks. “On the back is stamped – Available at Bill’s Toyland.”
- Comma in a Series – “I buy a smooth, shiny, heavy, perfect, beautiful, genuine deep red one.” “They are spinning and bobbing, whizzing and bouncing, sailing through the air.“
- Sensory detail – “The strings make a whispering, humming sound.”
- Alliteration – “And for good measure, I am going to memorize more spelling words than anyone else and make mincemeat of Mrs. Mousetrap.”
- Ending with Magic of 3 – “Do I have to say it? I am perfect. I am beautiful. I do every trick, right to the end, right to the double flip-flop flying bouncing sleeper.”
(Warsaw Comm. Public Library)