Monday, 27 February 2017

Home Sweet Motel - Welcome to Wonderland #1 by Chris Grabenstein

I never imagined that living in a motel could be such fun.  Having lived at the Wonderland Motel since he was born, P.T. Wilkie can list many reasons why he loves living there including an ice cream machine, swimming pool, housekeeping and a frog slide.  The only things missing from the motel are enough paying guests.

Along with his new friend Gloria, he sets out to entice visitors, with cash, to visit and stay at the motel.  Of course, an eleven year old has entirely different ideas on how to encourage these new guests.

The story starts with one of P.T.'s funny tales and it continues to get funnier.  The boy knows no limits to his imagination.  Author Chris Grabenstein's sense of humour is boundless.  He manages to turn everything P.T. does on it's side and make me laugh.  This book is well suited to all middle school students who possess even the slimmest of funny bones.  Parents will like that while P.T. and Gloria are getting up to various antics, they stay within sensible bounds and are acting to help the motel.  Nobody is injured in the commission of these shenanigans  with the exception of a large fibreglass statue.

A second book in the series is planned for release in July 2017.

Check out this interesting article on Brightly  by the author:

Not Just for the Laughs: The Value of Comedy in Middle Grade Reads

Also by Chris Grabenstein:

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

I received an advance reader copy of this book from Indigo Books and Music Inc., in exchange for an honest review.


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