Matthew Meets the Man

Matthew Meets the Man Matthew Swanbeck has a classic problem Back in seventh grade his dad talked him into playing the trumpet instead of the drums Now he s a lowly brass player in the school marching band Until one day h

  • Title: Matthew Meets the Man
  • Author: Travis Nichols
  • ISBN: 9781596435452
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Matthew Swanbeck has a classic problem Back in seventh grade, his dad talked him into playing the trumpet instead of the drums Now he s a lowly brass player in the school marching band Until one day he has an epiphany He can start his own band, play in all the cool rock venues, even go on tour if only he can scrape together the cash to buy a drum set But how willMatthew Swanbeck has a classic problem Back in seventh grade, his dad talked him into playing the trumpet instead of the drums Now he s a lowly brass player in the school marching band Until one day he has an epiphany He can start his own band, play in all the cool rock venues, even go on tour if only he can scrape together the cash to buy a drum set But how will he ever get the money together when The Man thwarts him at every turn, taking taxes out of his paycheck, forcing him to mow the lawn for a measly 10 a week, and creating all of those rules that get in the way of dreams It s one teen against the system in this light hearted look at the challenges and rewards of chasing your dreams.

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    1. I bought a few copies of this book because I was looking for something to round out the "dorky-cool skateboard kid who's a little funnier and smarter than everyone else" category of my 6th grade book clubs. They loved it because the writing is funny and accessible, there are rad drawings here and there throughout, and they all feel at least 70% like Matthew.As a teacher, I like it because the narrator has a clear voice, the plot and pacing are good, and it's a good length and high-interest for m [...]

    2. I really enjoyed this book. At first it seems like it's for a younger crowd, say 10-12 year olds, but is about a boy in his first year of high school. I love that books are now starting to trend toward being illustrated for all age groups. I think all books should be illustrated. I was in band, however, not marching band nor indie rock band, but loved how it brought back those days of band and playing at football games and beginning dating. Funny book. Great illustrations!

    3. Note to self: This book was included in middle school required list for 2017 - 2018. Children and I went over this book and decided we are not interested.

    4. More reviews at Mrs. ReaderPantsVIEW: Meh. I am sure there are plenty of middle school boys who will love this book, but for me, it is slow-paced with dull characters and not enough action or conflict. I honestly didn't care whether Matthew got his drums, though I did enjoy reading about Matthew's creative solutions. I don't think it is a terrible book, but it isn't anything to rave about, either. Matthew Meets the Man lacks the charm of Kinney's Wimpy Kid and Angleberger's Origami Yoda series; [...]

    5. Matthew plays trumpet in the marching band because that is his father's dream, but what Matthew really wants is to play drums with a rock band. He starts practicing, but has trouble saving money to buy a drum kit, which seems to be fairly essential if he is ever going to put together a group. He has other things that get in his way-- his family's general reluctance to help him with anything, his friends, who have other ways for him to spend his money, his job at his uncle's Mexican restaurant, a [...]

    6. 4.5 stars. Matt begins high school playing trumpet in the marching band but REALLY wanting to be a first-class drummer. After a guy at school tells him about The MAN (anyone in position of authority or control), Matt begins to look at adults in that manner--how they conspire to keep him down. When he asks for a raise in his allowance, his dad agrees but adds new chores into the deal. Every time he begins saving money for a drum set to get him towards his dream, A MAN gets in his way (figurativel [...]

    7. While I don't think I'm the target audience for this book, I think it hits the bulls eye for preteens. And yet, I still found a lot to connect with. In addition to the plot being fun and engaging, Nichols takes advantage of his equally impressive talent as a visual artist. Drawings by Nichols peppered throughout the book don't simply depict what's happening but enrich the reading experience. The main character is particularly like-able. Although he wants to be cool and be in a band, Matthew is s [...]

    8. Matthew is a typical freshman boy. Likes videogames, girls, and dreams of becoming famous in a rock band. "The Man" keeps holding him back though, and he finds that he must think outside of the box to fulfill his dreamor, at least to move beyond step 1 of buying a drum kit.It's a cute quick read. It's got some doodles interspersed throughouta Origami Yoda and Diary of a Wimpy Kidbut it is not nearly the same caliber (story-wise or doodle-wise) as Yoda and Diary.

    9. Travis has a great style of writing/drawing that is easy to follow and clear to understand. This makes the book PERFECT for young adults (I teach 8th grade and have ordered copies for my classroom library). The themes are relevant to kids and adults alike (I won't ruin the story for you), so no matter your age, you will really enjoy this read and get a bit out of it.

    10. Matthew Meets the Man is like Diary of a Wimpy kids minus the potty humor crossed with King Dork minus the blow jobs. Although it's about high schoolers, it's more likely to appeal to (and is appropriate for) middle school students.

    11. Cute book. I would recommend it to middle school boys, especially reluctant readers with an interest in music.

    12. Way to stick it to The Man. I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me of all the times I had encounters with The Man. The illustrations were wonderful!

    13. Matt's travails and humorous perspective on life will resonate with many adolescent readers, especially boys.

    14. Fun story about a high school freshman who is learning how to navigate dating, parents, and The Man. Good book for middle school boys.

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