I always have such mixed feelings about the Joey Pigza books. But I love Jack Gantos. And this, he says, is the last Pigza book. And, it’s funny, and full of colorful imagery and fully realized scenes and when I read it I was just THERE with Joey and baby Carter Jr., and it’s all awful because if you’ve ever worked in a public school or public library, you know Gantos is not exaggerating. There are awful parents and out-to-lunch parents and parents who are 100% up front about withholding their love from their kids who just want to be loved, and there are parents who cannot bring themselves to think about what their kids need to eat. All too true.