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Elliot K. Carnucci is a Big Fat Loser



Elliot K. Carnucci is a Big Fat Loser by Catherine DePino

The kids at Ralph Bunche Middle School love to pick on Elliot Kravitz-Carnucci. He struggles with his weight, looks like a geek, makes top honors, and lives above the Carnucci Home for Funerals in South Philadelphia with his distant, workaholic father and Nonna, his quirky, overbearing grandmother. Since his parents divorced, he splits his time between living with his father and his mother Rayna, who dreams of becoming the queen of commercials, on the west coast. At the hands of his peers, Elliot experiences a series of bullying episodes that escalate from entrapment in a school supply closet to a brutal “swirly” (head dunk in the toilet) that lands him in the hospital emergency room. Can Elliot win his fight against the nasty bullies, or is he doomed forever? Read this funny, sad, and crazy book to find out.


  • Title: Elliot K. Carnucci is a Big Fat Loser
  • Author: Catherine DePino
  • Publication Date: 11/22/2016
  • ISBN: 978-1-62420-291-9
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By Joanne Staniec I absolutely loved this book. The character Elliot was just so interesting and the way he had to suffer at the hands of Kyle and his friends was unbelievable. Elliot is a very strong character who possess more courage than even he is aware of. His relationship with Duke was very touching. I strongly recommend this book to every middle school student. It really sends a positive message about anti-bullying. Catherine tackled the bullying issue with sensitivity and warmth.

By Barbara Having been bullied in high school, I looked forward to reading this tale. DePino reeled me in from the first page and kept me reading. I could relate with much of the pain Elliot experienced. Most of the other characters made a home in my heart, too, especially Duke and Nonna. I found myself tearing up when Duke got sick, and cheering with glee when Elliot stood up to Kyle. Grandma Nonna made me laugh. DePino did a great job of calling attention to the problem with bullies in our schools, but without being preachy. I strongly recommend this book.

By Danyca Russellon I thought this story was really sad. Elliot is a great character. I like how he stood up to the bullies and accepted help from others. This story showed me that I should help other kids if they need it and should find and ask for help if I need it. I think it is okay to be different and kids shouldn’t hurt others because of it. I really like how this story ended. I want to tell my friends about Elliot and his family and friends. I think his dad has a cool job. My favorite part was when Elliot decided to try something new to make friends. I would like to read more by this author I feel I could learn more and help my friends.

By Studiobumble Ms. DePino has written a delightful book that is not only entertaining but serves as a guide for kids (and parents) who are experiencing bullying in school…an all too-common experience these days. She does a great job of building likable and believable characters. As I got into the book, I couldn’t help but root for the protagonist, Elliot, as he makes his way through the pitfalls of high school, dealing with family issues, body image, girls, and bullies. Elliot eventually learns to reach out to others for help when needed, instead of shouldering the burden all himself. In the process, he discovers his own talents and realizes he is stronger than he knew. This is a great read for anyone who has ever experiencing bullying or just not being appreciated for one’s true self.

By pirategrl1014 Having 4 children that have all been bullied at some point in their lives, mainly while attending the public school system, I was very interested in reading this book.The author does a wonderful job developing characters that are real and likeable. I felt so horrible and sad for Elliot at the beginning of this book. His life was such a mess and it seemed he would not find his way out and remain a victim suffering at the hands of Kyle and his friends. I adored watching how Elliot learned to step outside his comfort zone and make new friends and lean on others,allowing them to help him gain confidence and control back over his life. No man is a fortress unto one self and I think Elliott found this out. Catherine did a wonderful job tackling the bullying issue with the sensitivity and attention it deserves. I can easily recommend this book to family and friends. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The Goddess Fish Review Crew.
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