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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (161 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Esmé Raji Codell Narrator: Esmé Raji Codell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2005 ISBN: 9781400099047
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Esmé tells us about the night she and her mother became “egg vigilantes” against an illegally parked car; her freewheeling first school, where kids sat on sofas instead of at desks and could choose disco dancing instead of math; her dangerous neighborhood, which her father made seem friendly and wondrous; the Passover dinner when she stole a matzoh right out from under a rabbi; the awe-inspiring, life-threatening Chicago snowstorms; and lessons about love from tea-reading gypsies and Popeye cartoons.

In stories that perfectly evoke the perspective of her ten-year-old self, author Esmé Raji Codell demonstrates her gift for making the ordinary extraordinary, and the unusual familiar. Sing a Song of Tuna Fish is a memoir of a Chicago childhood; a tribute to the art of attention; and most of all, a joyful listening experience for kids and families.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michaela | 2/17/2014

    " Almost feels more for adults than for children - maybe just because I read it near the end of high school. She points out the wisdom of childhood in a series of enjoyable stories that always make me want to remember and write my own childhood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grace | 2/12/2014

    " I enjoyed Vive la Paris and Sahara Special much more than Sing a Song of Tuna Fish. If you read this and are not impressed, please still consider giving another one of Codell's books a chance. If you read one of Codell's other books before this one, you might be disappointed. So I suggest that you read this one first and keep an open mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/9/2014

    " A collection of fun autobiographical stories. I think we could all write a book like this if we thought hard enough, but not everyone could write them as clearly and with such humor. "Grandma's Fun House" was my favorite. However, I gave it only three stars because none of the stories are strong enough for me to remember a week later, without looking through the book again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bec | 2/4/2014

    " Well-written and edited memoir, documenting the quirky adventures and characters in the author's life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Young Lightning in Dark Sky | 1/29/2014

    " Probably the best autobiography ever written...humour, description,different stories...it's like a collection of folk tales from one of my fave authors. I recommend any work by Esme. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee Kane | 1/24/2014

    " Some parts were funny but a little unbelievable, like the part when esme's mom let her throw eggs at the car. This book was a quick and light read for me, yet I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maya | 1/19/2014

    " This is one of the best memoirs i have ever read. The stories she writes on her fifth grade year are incredibly entertaining and funny and she writes with love and spunk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 1/15/2014

    " An enjoyable, witty read. I have come to love all of Esme Codells books. Made for 5th graders, but is a winsome collection of stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan P | 1/14/2014

    " A collection of cute stories. Reads like fiction. Read for possible booktalking, but decided not to use it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Siobhan | 1/12/2014

    " Funny and rebellious. My tough girls will dig it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phoeb | 1/11/2014

    " his book is hilarious. I loved it and so did my dad. Plus it is chock full a fabulous audition monologues! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pauline | 12/17/2013

    " I love her voice - her stories ring true to a 5th grader's experience. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christiana | 12/12/2013

    " I think almost all authors know about the rule of 50--where if the first 50 pages don't grab you, you should seriously considering abandoning the book. Even with the help of listening to this on audio (I think audio is a lot harder to put down/turn off than a book), I only got throught the first CD. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heaven | 12/12/2013

    " Funny book i read in 5th grade its a great book to do a book report on too if iit has to do with art. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 katsok | 12/10/2013

    " Read this because Esme is visiting my school next fall. A fun memoir to add to our library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmine | 12/4/2013

    " good for many chuckles- perfect for a gray and rainy day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lilly | 7/4/2013

    " It was pretty weird, since all that it talked about was this random lady's childhood. I prob wouldn't read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gracie Fleming | 6/12/2013

    " About living in the city with no dad, and a hippie mom great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue (booknbeachbag) | 3/4/2013

    " An enjoyable memoir written for kids. Wish some of the language was a little bit milder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ingrid | 1/25/2013

    " Esme Codell certainly had an interesting childhood! The incidents that she recalls are very funny and I think that students will laugh out loud when they read this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryanne | 7/5/2012

    " Well i did not get to finish it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janaki | 4/4/2012

    " I liked this book at the end, and wished for it to be longer, or at least have an epilogue. It was really boring at the beginning, that I fell asleep while reading it! That's very surprising to me, because I usually don't while reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 6/28/2011

    " Cute book. Short and good for reading out loud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 4/25/2011

    " Wonderful short stories by Chicago native Esme Codell. This book is a deligthful quick read and a fun book for parents to enjoy with early readers. This book remind me a lot of the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heaven | 3/12/2011

    " Funny book i read in 5th grade its a great book to do a book report on too if iit has to do with art. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee | 7/1/2010

    " Some parts were funny but a little unbelievable, like the part when esme's mom let her throw eggs at the car. This book was a quick and light read for me, yet I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janaki | 6/26/2010

    " I liked this book at the end, and wished for it to be longer, or at least have an epilogue. It was really boring at the beginning, that I fell asleep while reading it! That's very surprising to me, because I usually don't while reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 katsok | 6/9/2010

    " Read this because Esme is visiting my school next fall. A fun memoir to add to our library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue (booknbeachbag) | 5/12/2010

    " An enjoyable memoir written for kids. Wish some of the language was a little bit milder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lilly | 3/16/2009

    " It was pretty weird, since all that it talked about was this random lady's childhood. I prob wouldn't read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ingrid | 3/1/2009

    " Esme Codell certainly had an interesting childhood! The incidents that she recalls are very funny and I think that students will laugh out loud when they read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michaela | 11/26/2008

    " Almost feels more for adults than for children - maybe just because I read it near the end of high school. She points out the wisdom of childhood in a series of enjoyable stories that always make me want to remember and write my own childhood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 11/5/2008

    " Wonderful short stories by Chicago native Esme Codell. This book is a deligthful quick read and a fun book for parents to enjoy with early readers. This book remind me a lot of the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Young Lightning in Dark Sky | 10/24/2008

    " Probably the best autobiography ever written...humour, description,different stories...it's like a collection of folk tales from one of my fave authors. I recommend any work by Esme. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bec | 7/22/2008

    " Well-written and edited memoir, documenting the quirky adventures and characters in the author's life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 7/17/2008

    " Cute book. Short and good for reading out loud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maya | 7/1/2008

    " This is one of the best memoirs i have ever read. The stories she writes on her fifth grade year are incredibly entertaining and funny and she writes with love and spunk. "

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About the Author
Esme Raji Codell is the author of the acclaimed novel Sahara Special, winner of the IRA Children’s Book Award, a Kirkus Editors’ Choice for 2003, and a BookSense 76 #1 title; as well as a memoir for young readers, Sing a Song of Tuna Fish: Hard-to-Swallow Stories from Fifth Grade. A former teacher, bookseller, and children’s librarian, she lives with her husband and son in Chicago. Sahara Special and Sing a Song of Tuna Fish Hard-to-Swallow Stories from Fifth Grade are also available on audio from Listening Library.