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Twelve-year-old Harry is alarmed when his computer takes on a life of its own and zaps his obnoxious older brother.


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Twelve-year-old Harry is alarmed when his computer takes on a life of its own and zaps his obnoxious older brother.

30 review for The Computer That Ate My Brother

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I picked up this book at a Free Little Library that is in my neighborhood. To be fair, it is only one of around 7 free little libraries around my neighborhood. If you aren’t familiar with free little libraries you can find more about them here: https://littlefreelibrary.org/ In general, I’ve found that oftentimes free little libraries tend to have an interesting collection of books. At the free little library I stopped at this seemed like the best book of the bunch, so I left a book I no longer I picked up this book at a Free Little Library that is in my neighborhood. To be fair, it is only one of around 7 free little libraries around my neighborhood. If you aren’t familiar with free little libraries you can find more about them here: https://littlefreelibrary.org/ In general, I’ve found that oftentimes free little libraries tend to have an interesting collection of books. At the free little library I stopped at this seemed like the best book of the bunch, so I left a book I no longer wanted in its place and went home to read about how a computer ate this dude’s brother. I would say the book I read was about what I was expecting from an 80s book with a title like this book has. Some things that I noticed while reading this book. 1. I thought that the brother was going to be a younger brother…. I was incorrect the main character has a younger sister and an older brother. 2. The older brother is quite a character for a 15-year-old boy, and I am honestly surprised that the main character cares about getting his brother back. His brother is a brute. 3. His mother really needs help, she cannot remember her middle son’s favorite anything. This either is a case of not caring, which I mean it might be but also, she seems convinced she’s has the correct favorite item, so I would be concerned about her memory. 4. Are middle school relationships really that vapid? I mean I’m quite removed from the middle school spectrum but is that really how they work, or how they worked in the 80s? I don’t know. Despite my little notes about the book, this isn’t a bad book. It’s a quick and quirky read. I think that it might not appeal to a younger audience anymore as some parts of the book are quite dated but it is an enjoyable little read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Fallen*63

    Basically, this book is about a boy, Harry, who gets a computer for his birthday, even though he always wanted a drum set. He was OK with the present, until it started doing strange things. It would make beeping noises that sounded like laughing or crying while Harry was in bed, and it would display messages on the screen with Harry's name in them. It would ask questions through writing as if it had a mind of its own. Then things just got weirder. It would ask where 'Imogene Cuniformly' was, wh Basically, this book is about a boy, Harry, who gets a computer for his birthday, even though he always wanted a drum set. He was OK with the present, until it started doing strange things. It would make beeping noises that sounded like laughing or crying while Harry was in bed, and it would display messages on the screen with Harry's name in them. It would ask questions through writing as if it had a mind of its own. Then things just got weirder. It would ask where 'Imogene Cuniformly' was, who actually turns out to be the computer's previous owner, flicker lights in Morse code, and even disappear to another dimension, or "level" as the computer calls it. Eventually, it realized that Harry disliked his brother, Roger, and on top of that, Roger tried to steal the computer, so it zapped him to the other dimension, and decided to never let him out. Harry and Imogene would ask and ask, but the computer refused no matter what they said. Even though, it read Harry's mind once more, and found that Harry truly missed his brother and released him. Roger learned something from this, and started to be nice after he was let go. Harry met a girl he liked, Mary, as well, and everything ended well. Even though this book was interesting, I gave it a 3. The storyline was original, but to me it was a little boring in some parts. It was really the same thing over and over for a while. He would promise the computer to look for Imogene, but then not do it because he was 'busy with other things.' That happened for a few chapters, then it got a little more interesting. All in all though, I liked it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tail4 62

    This book is about a kid named Harry who wants a drum set for his birthday, but gets a computer.No ordinary computer though, this computer can cry using a sequence of beeps,and laugh by doing the same.Strange things start to happen besides the crying and laughing, though.The computer starts to talk with harry like a human being,turns itself on, shocks people who try to unplug it,and blinks lights in morse code!It has feelings, and can also read minds.The computer craves it's previous owner,Imog This book is about a kid named Harry who wants a drum set for his birthday, but gets a computer.No ordinary computer though, this computer can cry using a sequence of beeps,and laugh by doing the same.Strange things start to happen besides the crying and laughing, though.The computer starts to talk with harry like a human being,turns itself on, shocks people who try to unplug it,and blinks lights in morse code!It has feelings, and can also read minds.The computer craves it's previous owner,Imogene Cuniformly,who eventually meets Harry and confronts him with the problem. Meanwhile,Harry's brother Roger is a scumbag,and he tries to steal the computer, so the computer zapped Roger to another "level",Harry convinces the computer to bring Roger back,and Roger was changed forever. Later in the book Imogene mentions traveling around the world, so they make a compromise, she took the computer back full price, and traveled with it so she could have someone to enjoy the world with,and so Harry Harry wouldn't have to worry about that thing anymore. I loved the way the Author,Dean Marny,made the computer have human senses. Like crying and logic, also laughing and worry.Also,independence,such as it's refusal to be unplugged.I liked this book although it had to an assignment, and I would've have enjoyed a lot more if it hadn't been.More or less, I liked this book and hope you will too!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Burning Phoenix63

    this book is about a boy named Harry and it's his 12 birthday so he wanted a drum set instead he got a computer. He wasn't as excited as he would be if he got a drum set. The computer was used. before he started playing with it he notice that on the screen it said HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY. Him and his dad thought the guy who sold it to them did it. It was very odd because they found out that the seller didn't do it. His brother is very mean and misbehave in school.one day Harry notice that the comp this book is about a boy named Harry and it's his 12 birthday so he wanted a drum set instead he got a computer. He wasn't as excited as he would be if he got a drum set. The computer was used. before he started playing with it he notice that on the screen it said HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY. Him and his dad thought the guy who sold it to them did it. It was very odd because they found out that the seller didn't do it. His brother is very mean and misbehave in school.one day Harry notice that the computer was making wierd noises and sending messages to him. Until the computer start sending messsages about a lady nammed Imogene. It turns out that Imogene was the computer's old owner she gave it up because it was making wierd noises and it zaped her. So when she came by Harry and his brother was fighting unil the computer zap harry's brother to a different deminsion. Until harry found a way to love his brother no matter What he did.The computer understood the love and brought him back.The rest of his life he was nice. The auther mostly wrote it bcause to teach other kids to be nice.Most kids are really mean and people get hurt. It teaches kids to love instead to hate.I also think that the book talks about bulling because Harry runs into a bully problem. He plays a trick on the bully and he is really mad so Harry relies on his brother to protect him

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sylvester Olson

    I selected this book as part of a "free book giveaway" as a first grader, many years ago in the 80's. I think I chose it because of the cover (which was futuristic for that era). My mother laughed like crazy when she saw the title, but I never actually got around to reading it myself. The humor was lost on me as a seven-year-old. It's going on three decades since then. I found this copy in a box of old books from my childhood and decided that if I was ever going to read it, now would be the time. I selected this book as part of a "free book giveaway" as a first grader, many years ago in the 80's. I think I chose it because of the cover (which was futuristic for that era). My mother laughed like crazy when she saw the title, but I never actually got around to reading it myself. The humor was lost on me as a seven-year-old. It's going on three decades since then. I found this copy in a box of old books from my childhood and decided that if I was ever going to read it, now would be the time. In modern (and adult) terms, I'd call this a giant WTF story, and as a Coen Brothers fan I consider that to be a good thing. The humor is paramount, the characters are quirky, and the writing is good. Contemporary kids probably wouldn't understand some of the computer terminology from the 1980's, but for me it was a nice trip down memory lane. I regret that I never read this as a child, but maybe it was better to read later as an adult.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pedro

    Worst Book... EVER!!! Lame Long and B-o-r-i-n-g suckish. If they tell you go to jail of read this book pick jail youll have more fun in jail than in those agonizing pages ofthe worst book. Only gets semi-exciting at the end. L-A-M-E

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bella

    Pretty short book, but good nevertheless :)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Of all of the books dedicated to my husband, this one is my favorite.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Tan

    The title suggests that the computer ate his mean brother because they hate him. This only happens at the almost-ending part where he tries to unplug it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Princessnyny63

    i learned that if you dont want anyone or anything something then dont say it or think about.i l

  11. 5 out of 5

    Theo

    This was a very strange/ hard to follow book. It was ok.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Mustread

    Might still be humorous, but 25 years later the computer would be an historical relic.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rashmi

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jeffery BeBeau

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Bourgeois

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

  19. 4 out of 5

    Goldie

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mas5thgrade2013

  21. 4 out of 5

    Richie

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brent Simon

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amber

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nate

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

  29. 5 out of 5

    Liyasara W

  30. 5 out of 5

    David

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