Reading Ann Herrick’s “Also Known As Lard Butt” was like I was twelve again, firmly ensconced in my bed, reading away summer afternoons instead of playing outside with the other kids. Herrick’s delightful story is the perfect ode to the turbulent teen years with a dash of wisdom that better things are going to happen.
The book finds Laura, a larger girl, trying to shut the kid up who gave her the awful nickname lard butt. Her attempts to ensure that the nickname she had to endure for so long does not rear its ugly head in junior high are what fuels the trials and tribulations that comprise most of the book. Funny friends, awful villains, a few random sub plots, and a dance (naturally), make Also Known As Lard Butt a fun read for kids of all ages.