Review: My Life as a Potato by Arianne Costner

My Life as a Potato by Arianne Costner

My Life as a Potato
Arianne Costner
Random House Books for Young Readers
Published March 24, 2020

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About My Life as a Potato

For anyone who has ever felt like a potato in middle school, this hilarious story about a boy forced to become the dorkiest school mascot ever will have readers cheering!

“A grade A, spudtastic (not to mention FUNNY) debut. Arianne Costner sure knows middle school and middle schoolers!” –Chris Grabenstein, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Ben Hardy believes he’s cursed by potatoes. And now he’s moved to Idaho, where the school’s mascot is Steve the Spud! Yeah, this cannot be good.

After accidentally causing the mascot to sprain an ankle, Ben is sentenced to Spud duty for the final basketball games of the year. But if the other kids know he’s the Spud, his plans for popularity are likely to be a big dud! Ben doesn’t want to let the team down, so he lies to his friends to keep it a secret. No one will know it’s him under the potato suit . . . right?

Life as a potato is all about not getting mashed! With laugh-out-loud illustrations throughout, hand to fans of James Patterson, Gordan Korman, Jeff Kinney, and Chris Grabenstein!

“A hilarious, relatable story for any kid who has ever felt out of place.” –Stacy McAnulty, author of The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl.

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My Review

This book is full of all the right kinds of silliness. Ben fumbles his way through one hilarious disaster and right into another, always thinking he can fix it all by himself. He’s a hard worker– and even when he’s punished by being forced to serve as the school mascot, he tries his best to do it well. I loved the ways he challenges himself– to learn more about mascots, to examine his behavior toward a kid who seems to be a bit of an outcast.

He doesn’t do it all the right way, but he has a good heart, and that makes him so easy to love. His relationships with his family members were sweet, and his friendships felt very much like those ports of safety we all needed in middle school.

MY LIFE AS A POTATO is a super fun read. It does show Ben transitioning toward dating and having relationships, so it might be best suited to readers who are thinking about those transitions themselves. It has a lot of humor and friendship issues in it, too, which make it a great story for upper elementary school readers.

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Content Notes

Recommended for Ages 8 to 12.

Ben’s friend Ellie is Latina.

Profanity/Crude Language Content

Romance/Sexual Content
Brief kissing between boy and girl.

Spiritual Content

Violent Content
One boy accidentally trips another with a hot dog. A boy knocks some girls over accidentally. One boy plans pranks against another boy. Kids get into a food fight.

Drug Content

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