When You Reach Me
"Don't call him Quack," Mom said. "That's an awful name for a human being."
"Even a human who's quackers?"
"I don't care it's still awful."
"Well what do you call him?"
"I don't call him anything," she said, "but I think of him as the laughing man." (5.3-7)
"But first you have to learn the V-cut," he told us. "Very important. Except he said "Velly important," stretched his eyelids back with two fingers, and bowed down low – it was the classic fake-Chinese act. I had never seen a grown-up do it before. If Mom had been there, she would have whacked him on the head with a plastic tray. (18.2)
Her bringing the chips and cookies is supposed to help somehow. It's not really the cookies, she says. It's the fact that someone brings them. (26.16)