Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (Joey Pigza Books) eBook –

Joey Pigza Can T Sit Still He Can T Pay Attention, He Can T Follow The Rules, And He Can T Help It Especially When His Meds Aren T Working Joey S Had Problems Ever Since He Was Born, Problems Just Like His Dad And Grandma Have And Whether He S Wreaking Havoc On A Class Trip Or Swallowing His House Key, Joey S Problems Are Getting Worse In Fact, His Behavior Is So Off The Wall That His Teachers Are Threatening To Send Him To The Special Ed Center DowntownJoey Knows He S Really A Good Kid, But No Matter How Hard He Tries To Do The Right Thing, Something Always Seems To Go Wrong Will He Ever Get Anything Right

10 thoughts on “Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (Joey Pigza Books)

  1. says:

    My daughter brought this book home from school today as all of the students in her group are reading it as part of their middle school transition program.After reading the blurb on the back cover, I had some concerns so I read the rest of the book and I am appalled The book is filled with negative stereotypes about the disabled and so many examples of bad teaching that I cannot believe this is being used in a school environment.The main character is a little boy with ADHD and possible fetal alcohol syndrome who is misbehaving at school He s being raised by his grandmother His mom is an alcoholic His dad is absent His medications are inappropriate At school, he spends little time in the classroom because he s either in the principal s office sorting crayons by color or helping in the cafeteria and library or shelving things in the storeroom or running out to the parking lot to roll up the windows in the teachers cars when it rains When he is in the classroom, his behavior is out of control so he is sent out into the hallway with no supervision The child is receiving no behavioral support whatsoever There does not appear to be a behavior plan in place let alone an IEP or a 504 The child gets into trouble over and over again, eventually cutting off a girl s nose with a pair of scissors The special education students are all segregated in the basement and the severely affected children are sent to a downtown facility The main character is routinely threatened with being sent to the basement or downtown Special education is meant to provide help, not as a punishment This book must have been set thirty years ago.I m simply disgusted.

  2. says:

    Summary Joey Pigza feels wired, and it makes it hard for him to succeed in school When Joey has one accident too many, he has to work with his teachers, his mom, and himself to learn to make better decisions.Response I loved this book I could not believe how much Jack Gantos put me inside Joey s head his emotions, his intentions, and his energy level I felt as exhausted and wired reading each sentence as Joey seemed to feel by telling it I knew from the beginning that Joey had a big, kind heart, and I was so glad when one of the mom s told him so I felt myself cheering for Joey, and I was so glad when the adults in his life not only showed good intentions but actually knew what he needed I could also appreciate how complex his situation was, and I could appreciate the struggles of his teachers and mom to understand why he truly could not get his own behavior under control Despite the fact that I could feel how much everyone cared for him, it wasn t working to give him reminders he could not do it.Joey not only has a disability, but he has his own preconceived notions of what other special education kids might be like Jack Gantos not only gives insight into how Joey feels inside, but how he regards other kids from the outside Joey grows by not only finding out what s messed up about himself, but by discovering what is wrong with and what isn t wrong with other kids, both those whose disabilities are visible and those whose aren t By asking his readers to get to know Joey, Gantos also helps young readers hear Joey s thoughts on the other kids, which may be similar to their own, and they, along with Joey, can challenge their ideas of what those other kids might be like Gantos writes so respectfully, sincerely, humorously, and deeply that this book is one of the most well developed stories I have read.

  3. says:

    I am very double minded about this book.Likes I really like how this book is written from Joey s perspective It describes how a child with ADHD might experience his life from his point of view I think this is an important viewpoint to have available It is also very well written.Dislikes This book is copyrighted 1998, but I had to look twice just to be sure that it didn t say 1968 or 1978 The portrayal of the Special Education classroom as one that is totally segregated and in the basement is so antiquated as to be a lie Although the school recognizes that Joey has something different about him, the way they handle his behavior is also outmoded running laps around the playground, running errands to the nurse and or principal s office, etc Joey himself says that he spends very little time in the classroom How is he supposed to get an education Until Joey is expelled for hurting another student, very little is being done Joey is told to be good Although I am sure that ADHD kids had these school experiences in the past, this book is not written as an historical fiction novel I am trying to decide if I want to keep this book in my classroom.

  4. says:

    I don t think this book has fairly depicted the trials and tribulations of a student like Joey It feeds to so many misconceptions that, I think should be debunked First, is the idea of using special ed classes as punishment for not behaving In the story, if Joey didn t behave, he will be sent to the spec ed class I don t think that is fair to students who are in these classes They are not weird and different as depicted in this book Second, why do we always justify these misbehaviour to absentee, alcoholic parents Joey was abandoned as a child and had an alcoholic mother who was trying to turn herself around If we really do know , ADHD was not cause by being abandoned Let s stop blaming home environment Also, Joey s family is poor and his mother was having difficulty participating in his school life I think it is a judgment for poor, working parents Third, there is always these concepts of kids in medication If they are misbehaving, take some pills This may be threading in some deeper water, but I just don t want students like Joey to think that ADHD is equal to medication There are so many things that this book raises that I do not agree I feel readers should take precaution if they will really accept this as a mirror of who they are or how they see other people.

  5. says:

    My son has ADHD, so I was curious to see what he would think This review is based on his reaction, coupled with mine My son HATED this book He was offended by Joey There are so few books that feature kids with ADHD that it is hard to find a kindred spirit He felt Joey would become the poster child for kids with ADHD and everyone would assume his actions are the standard He cringed at the situations Joey would get in to, as did I But while I felt sorry for Joey, he felt Joey was an idiot I pointed out that Joey had a lot going on in his life than just ADHD and that contributed to his behavior and problems He didn t care His bottom line was that Joey was such an extreme example of all the bad parts associated with ADHD that non impacted people would assume everyone with the disability behaves this way He said it s hard enough having ADHD, having people assume you are stupid or slow because they see impulsivity or disorganization, without Joey proving the point If your child has been newly diagnosed and you were told this would be a great book to read so you can understand his her world, disregard that well intentioned advice for now Joey has a complicated world, and unless you are an alcoholic parent who let your abusive parent raise your kid and your school district doesn t have an inkling about disabilty regulations while still having a special ed department circa 1972, this probably won t give you a lot of insight of the journey you face although it probably will give you anxiety and stress If you ARE an alcoholic parent, etc., etc., read on and call a crises center or at least the CHADD helpline Now Seriously The author did his job in creating a memorable character and a well imagined world to put him in the issue is it becomes what many assume must be reality And just as when fiction is created about a minority or under represented group, the majority may assume it is real and react accordingly and that becomes another burden.

  6. says:

    This novel was a surprisingly serious and heart wrenching story about a boy 4th or 5th grade with ADHD whose life is totally out of control Joey Pigza s dad ran off when he was just a kindergartener and his mom followed Left to be raised by a well intentioned but emotionally abusive grandmother, who shares symptoms of ADHD, Joey is made to feel responsible for his mom s abandonment and his bad behavior Hopefully waiting at the front window for his mom, day after day, his grandmother would tease, See, I just saw her walk by and she saw that you were not sitting still and she just kept on walking cause your mom does not want to come home to a bad boy But Joey is not bad, he is out of control because of his ADHD.His mom does return one day, tries to be a good mom, and must face Joeys problems at school His teacher expects him to follow all of the rules just like all the other kids but try as he might, he finds himself compelled to say and do things that get him into trouble Swallowing his house key is just one of many situations that finally culminate in his getting kicked out of school His new school, Lancaster County Special Education Center , finally addresses his academic, physical, social, emotional, and family issues.I did not find this book humorous, but rather an important cry for help for those children with ADHD I have worked with students with this disability who shared many similar problems with their medication, family life, and teachers who were unable to handle their behavior issues Joey Pigza offers a glimpse into what life is like from a child s perspective These kids are not bad They don t need punishment, they need help I would recommend this book for upper elementary and middle school students It offers children an important perspective for understanding those with ADHD and provides many important issues for discussion.

  7. says:

    What an incredible book this is Joey Pigza is a child with ADHD whose life is gradually spiralling out of control For a children s book this tackles some serious issues brilliantly Joey is dealing with not only his ADHD but the way others react to it His peers make fun, adults shout at him and his Grandma even abused him You can feel the hurt within the text as Joey is put with children with severe disabilities Despite the subject matter it s quite light hearted and funny The things that happen are told in a hilarious way despite the fact they are quite serious so you end up with a mix of emotions Probably my favourite thing about the book was the way the sentence structure reflected the hyperactivity with long run on sentences being used It s a fantastic technique which really helped seeing in the mind of this child.From my experience this seems a fantastic insight into the mind of a child with ADHD For children this book probably gives a great view of special needs that children might not otherwise understand As an adult it brings up all sorts of questions about how children with ADHD and other special needs should be treated, brought up and educated This is as good a representation of ADHD as The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night Time is for Aspergers.

  8. says:

    I believe that families with children suffering from behavioral disorders all face many of the same problems, and the fact that none of my children are ADHD diagnosed did not interfere with my deep sense of connection with Joey and his mother though, having read this, I wonder about my five year old for whom Asperger s is currently the leading guess amongst me and his teachers In many ways, she and I suffer from the same devastating problem, of walking into a public school building and instantly expecting everyone does not like your child This, and the pervasive discomfort and apologizing a parent of a behaviorally challenged kid experiences around parents of his peers, hit home like a hammer.The trips through Joey s head, and seeing his continual accidents from his innocent eyes, was also illuminating and heartening I ve seen so many children s actions be horribly misconstrued it wouldn t have surprised me for his teachers and administrators to have far severe reactions describing, for instance, his several accidents as self mutilation I wept for Joey when he wasn t allowed to have the same treats as the other kids in his class and felt all buzzy for him when he ate the whole pie.What really concerned me kept me from loving this book through and through was the depiction of his mother as everyone s prejudice of the mother of a bad kid Sure, there was some redemption in the book she comes back to him, she loved him enough to kick the bottle, sorta, she goes to work every day to provide for him, she makes some good decisions and has some remorse for the entirety of her parental role but I was deeply disappointed that the author subtly suggested Joey s ADHD was the result of her drinking during pregnancy Sure, his tortured childhood sounds like the sort of thing that would screw anyone up But must it always be the parents fault I m the parent of a behaviorally challenged kid who didn t drink, didn t work near chemicals in a hair salon, barely even painted my toenails while I was pregnant, drank a doctor approved amount of caffeine, for goodness sake I m the one who always shows up for meetings, who cooks vegetables organic for dinner and makes sure everyone has breakfast This book only confirms my admittedly purple suspicion that the whole system, stem to stern to all the parents who glance at me in veiled horror across the playground, blames me And for the record, I ve rarely seen doting attendant parents in special ed classrooms Those special ed schools Not nearly so welcoming and lovely as they re depicted here At least, not in Portland, Ore.I love this book for what it does, and I think it s a rare gem of a book for a kid who s been in something approaching Joey s shoes I read the book in a day, with interest and eagerness I can t say I m pleased, though, with the way parents of emotionally challenged kids come off.

  9. says:

    I have been teaching for over fifteen years and have taught both high school and middle school I have spent much of that time teaching Language Arts or English to students with mild to moderate learning disabilities I have, however, spent time with students who have attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder This book, with a main character who runs with scissors and snips off a classmate s nose, sits on the floor on all fours in a public shop and howls like a dog, etc., is supposed to be about a child with ADHD There are also a couple of sentences devoted to his mother drinking too much, including when she was pregnant, but none of that is gone into in any depth The child does NOT have ADHD, the child has a serious mental disorder, and that distinction is never made There is also no heart to the story, no one to root for, just a cast of characters who are all, to some extent, ugly on the inside, including mom, grandma, the teachers You can t hate the Joey Pigza character because he is mentally ill and unable to control himself but it would be nice if the author had had a clue what he was writing An awful book by an author you could not pay me enough to read again.

  10. says:

    I find this book abhorrent to children and families of children who have ADHD That any school would put this on their required reading list as representative of what a typical child with ADHD is like is bothersome Not ALL children with ADHD are destructive to themselves or others, nor do they require medication to fix them