My Life as a Potato

My Life as a Potato

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 Ben Hardy believes he's cursed by potatoes. And now he's moved to Idaho, where the school's masco...

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Title:My Life as a Potato
Author:Arianne Costner
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Genres:Childrens
Format Type:Hardcover

My Life as a Potato Reviews

  • Susan
    Oct 27, 2020
    If you can't tell from the title and cover, MY LIFE AS A POTATO is a funny book. Not only is it hilarious, but it's also warm, upbeat, and entertaining. The characters are likable, the conflict is interesting, and the prose is lively. Kids are going to dig this one. In fact, ...
  • Barbara
    Mar 08, 2020
    This debut novel was a 3.5 for me. If you're looking for a middle grade novel filled with laugh-out-loud moments plus a great message about being true to yourself, look no further. After Ben Hardy's family relocates to South Fork, Idaho, for Los Angeles, he figures the move m...
  • Tanya
    Aug 18, 2019
    I just finished this hilarious debut in two sittings! Based on the cover alone, I knew this would be a fun read. Ben moved from California to a small town in Idaho, and in typical fish-out-of-water fashion, he feels pretty homesick. He misses the ocean and skateboarding parks, and is p...
  • Scott
    Jul 19, 2019
    My Life As A Potato is a hilarious and accurate look at middle school kids, their attempts to fit in, the quest to avoid embarrassment above all else, their crushes, and the way they complicate their own lives with their choices without thinking things through. More than anything, i...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Dec 16, 2019
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Ben Hardy's family has moved from California to Idaho, and he's having a bit of a hard time adjusting. Luckily, he has made two friends, Ellie and Hunter, so has secured a safe place in the cafeteria. He also has a crush on a cheerleade...
  • Laura
    Feb 10, 2020
    What do you do when you are forced to become a mascot for your new school? In Ben's case, he hides that he is the Spud, the mascot for the school he is attending in Idaho. Like all stories where kids hid things from their friends and parents, you know the truth will come out...
  • Sarah Allen
    Dec 03, 2019
    Okay, I adored this book so much! This book comes out on March 21st and is the PERFECT read for fans of Diary of Whimpy Kid who are ready to level up. The story is about Ben Hardy, an LA kid who was recently transplanted to Idaho and through various shenanigans finds himself secretly s...
  • Blaine DeSantis
    Mar 20, 2020
    Thanks to Random House Readers and NetGalley for this advance copy in return for an honest review. There is a lot to like about this book, which centers on a middle school student who has recently moved from Los Angeles to Idaho. He tries to fit in but has few friends until a series of...
  • Jojobooks Higgins
    Jul 04, 2020
    Put this in a 4-6th grader?s hands and they will devour it! I loved it. ...
  • Melissa (thereaderandthechef)
    Mar 31, 2020
    *Huge thanks to Random House & MTMC Tours for the review copy. All thoughts are my own. This review can also be found on The Reader and the Chef!* I ADORED My Life as a Potato! It?s funny and full of potato content as our main spud hero, tries to lead a normal potato-free life...
  • Melissa (thereaderandthechef)
    Mar 31, 2020
    I ADORED My Life as a Potato! It?s funny and full of potato content as our main spud hero, tries to lead a normal potato-free life (he HATES potatoes and is most probably cursed by them) while navigating a new school that just so happens to have a potato as its school mascot. And now...
  • Julie Christensen
    Jan 03, 2020
    I loved this book. This character was so sincere and funny. But I'm a grown up. So I'm going to let my two MG aged kids have their say. Here is the first: I think that this was a very funny book, with lots of good, suspenseful moments. One of my favorite types of books ...
  • Jillian Anderson
    Mar 31, 2020
    All around great book! ...
  • L A i N E Y
    Sep 09, 2020
    Oh the obscurity of this gem hurts my heart. I feel this is what kids and adults alike should be reading. I love how wholesome and unjudgmental it is. The whole book and its main character Ben are so earnest. Potato is, as we know, also a solid little vegetable and also earnest! ...
  • Leah
    Aug 21, 2019
    My Life as a Potato by Arianne Costner is about Ben Hardy, a seventh-grader who recently moved to Idaho. This is not exactly the best development in his life since he believes that he is cursed by potatoes--a big problem when he is surrounded by them. Even the school mascot, Steve the ...
  • C.G. Drews
    Mar 20, 2020
    This whole book was just a potato-filled delight. I had so much fun reading this! It was adorkable and heartwarming, and had tons of awkward 12-year-old style embarrassing moments. You get to cringe and cheer with Ben as he accidentally gets roped into being the school mascot for 3 wee...
  • Arianne Costner
    Oct 25, 2018
    Edit: THANK YOU to all who have read! It has been fun to see Ben's story being enjoyed by so many. If you have a minute to spare, I would love if you could also drop a review over on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/review/create-... Stay Spudtacular ????? Hey ev...
  • Kim Johnson
    Mar 07, 2020
    What?s worse than being the new kid in school, but the new kid who is forced to wear the school mascot costume?a potato!!! What an absolute fun MG to read. It had all the ups and downs of middle school with great friendships and an adorable main character. I loved the illustrat...
  • Olivia Wildenstein
    Aug 24, 2019
    Funtastic This was one of the funniest and cutest middle grade books I?ve read. Right on par with The Wimpy Kid. I laughed and grinned and held my breath during Ben?s adventures as a spud. I read this out loud to my kids (ages 7 and 10) at bedtime. Suffice to say, this w...
  • Briana
    Oct 13, 2019
    MY LIFE AS A POTATO is perfect for reluctant readers and any kid who has wanted to break out of the "role" middle school prescribed them. Over the course of the novel, Ben balances who he is and who he wants to be - all while secretly working as his school's basketball m...
  • Hannah
    Feb 19, 2020
    I?m a simple woman, I see a good title and I read it. ...
  • Sophie's Reading Corner
    Mar 24, 2020
    "I'm not the salami king. I'm the dork behind the potato mask." Ben has recently moved to Idaho because of his father's new job and he wants to get rid of his previous school image of the quiet, dorky kid. So he does something that makes him pop...
  • Stefanie
    Aug 02, 2019
    My Life as a Potato is a hilariously a-peeling story! (Couldn?t resist a potato pun!) You will laugh out loud reading this story about a Ben, a middle schooler, who thinks potatoes have jinxed his life. After a hot-dog tossing incident in the school cafeteria, Ben?s punishment is t...
  • Octothorpe Reader Leora K
    Mar 23, 2020
    Today I am excited to participate in the creative tour for #MyLifeAsAPotato by Arianne Costner hosted by MTMC Tours! This is a hilarious Middle Grade story about a boy forced to become the dorkiest school mascot ever! This book is perfect for anyone who has ever felt as a POTATO. ? ...
  • Shannon Doleski
    Jun 23, 2020
    Is there a potato dish that's sweet, because this book is it! Kids are going to love this fast-paced, super-relatable middle-grade! It's got adorable illustrations, a narrator debating between being cool and authentic, and it's perfect for older middle school reluctant r...
  • Shella
    Aug 29, 2020
    Disclaimer- my sons attended a high school that had a potato as a mascot- we were called the Spuds. As my son's district swim winner stood on the podium with a Mr. Potato Head among a Spartan and other more domineering mascots- I will admit was embarrassing. We moved here just as ...
  • Stephanie Fitzgerald
    Sep 05, 2020
    An absolutely hilarious book about the trials and tribulations of being a middle-school mascot! The author was spot-on with her descriptions of pre-teen drama. I am sure that middle-schoolers (and older readers) would get a huge kick out of reading about a mascot struggling to keep hi...
  • Kynzi
    Oct 06, 2018
    This is my sister's book! I am eleven. It was a very good book. I like potatoes. It was funny. This is my sister's book! I am eleven. It was a very good book. I like potatoes. It was funny. ...more ...
  • Lizzie McClellan
    Oct 19, 2018
    Obsessed with this book! My husband and I laughed through the whole thing. The character development is amazing, capturing the mindset of a typical middle school student - total throwback for me. As a 5th grade teacher, I'm familiar with middle grade books. This is a good one. Rea...
  • Naomi (3starsandup)
    Mar 06, 2020
    "Earlier in the halls before class, Jayla walked up to me and asked for my phone number. Five minutes later she texted me a smiley emoji and a peace sign. I can't believe things are getting to serious." SYNOPSIS | Ben Hardy has just moved to a new school in Idaho wher...