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“Think of all the great people who seem strange. Remember the brilliant scientist Albert Einstein? And the amazing artist Pablo Picasso? They were both quite strange. . . Our greatest artworks and inventions happened because someone had a strange idea or saw a strange sight. Without strangeness, the world would be terribly dull,” Mr. Sage. ―Stranger Things
by David Lubar
Ed’s parents have always encouraged him and his siblings to be unique, but when Ed finds a strange coin, his life becomes wacky. Ed’s sister’s food begins to move, his brother becomes a pool toy, and a bedtime story comes to life. After all the strange occurrences, Ed’s friends want him to be a little less strange. In an effort to stop the strangeness, Ed tries to get rid of the coin, but it won’t let him give it away. Can Ed find the coin’s true home before he loses his friends?
Newly independent readers will love the silly events that happen to Ed. Looniverse: Stranger Things has easy-to-read text and fun illustrations that will teach the importance of problem-solving. Through the wacky events in Ed’s life, the reader will learn that having others consider you strange is not necessarily a bad thing. The story points out that Albert Einstein and artist Pablo Picasso were both considered strange, but “Our greatest artworks and inventions happened because someone had a strange idea or saw a strange sight. Without strangeness, the world would be terribly dull.” In the end, Ed and his friends both realize that being different is part of what makes Ed such a fun friend.
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- When Ed finds a coin with the words “Strange, stranger” on it, odd things begin to happen. One example is when the story The Pied Piper comes to life and his sister leads rodents around the house.
- When Ed tries to give the coin away, it becomes hot to the touch and the boy gives it back. Later Ed throws the coin in a bush; someone sees him drop the coin and gives it back to Ed.