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Welcome to Wonderland #1 : Home Sweet Motel
by Chris Grabenstein and Brooke Allen


Overview - "Outrageous hijinks and nonstop hilarity--five-stars " --Lincoln Peirce, author of the Big Nate series

From the bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and co-author with James Patterson of I Funny, House of Robots, and Treasure Hunters, comes a hilarious illustrated series about all the wacky things that happen when you live in a motel

Eleven-year-old P.  Read more...


 
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More About Welcome to Wonderland #1 by Chris Grabenstein; Brooke Allen
 
 
 
Overview
"Outrageous hijinks and nonstop hilarity--five-stars " --Lincoln Peirce, author of the Big Nate series

From the bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and co-author with James Patterson of I Funny, House of Robots, and Treasure Hunters, comes a hilarious illustrated series about all the wacky things that happen when you live in a motel

Eleven-year-old P. T. Wilkie may be the greatest storyteller alive. But he knows one thing for a fact: the Wonderland Motel is the best place a kid could ever live All-you-can-eat poolside ice cream A snack machine in the living room A frog slide A giant rampaging alligator (Okay, that last one may or may not be made up.) There's only one thing the Wonderland doesn't have, though--customers. And if the Wonderland doesn't get them soon, P.T. and his friend Gloria may have to say goodbye to their beloved motel forever.

They need to think BIG. They need to think BOLD. They need an OUTRAGEOUS plan. Luckily for them, Gloria is a business GENIUS, and OUTRAGEOUS is practically P.T.'s middle name. With Gloria's smarts and P.T.'s world-famous stories and schemes, there's got to be a way to save the Wonderland

BONUS: Includes fun extras like P. T. Wilkie's outrageous (and sometimes useful) things you learn living in a motel. Installment 1: How to say "Help The toilet is clogged " in over twenty languages

Here's What People are saying about Welcome to Wonderland

"Outrageous hijinks and nonstop hilarity--five-stars Kids who check into this madcap motel will want to stay forever " --Lincoln Peirce, author of the Big Nate series

"So funny I fell off my bed "--Izzy B., age 10

"Classic Grabenstein. The mystery should satisfy Grabenstein's "Mr. Lemoncello" followers, and the humor and visuals will appeal to fans of his collaborations with James Patterson. This new series should be a hit."--School Library Journal

"A delight. P.T. is a hoot and a half. A funny, madcap dash. Grabenstein . . . threads in a mystery that blooms in the last act and that puts this particular read over the top."--Kirkus Reviews

"Charm galore. Easy and breezy, this well-paced novel . . . belongs in the hands of any readers wanting their bad guys bad, their good guys great, and a little of Wonderland's promised fun in the sun."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780553536027
  • ISBN-10: 0553536028
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: October 2016
  • Page Count: 304
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds

Series: Welcome to Wonderland

Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Action & Adventure - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-08-08
  • Reviewer: Staff

Wisecracking 12-year-old P.T. Wilkie loves the Wonderland Motel in Florida, where he lives with his business-minded mother and fun-loving, fast-talking grandfather, who originally opened the motel. P.T. takes after his grandfather, who has a gift for tall tales and affection for the “zany decorations” adorning the property, but it’s going to take more than wild stories to save the financially troubled Wonderland. Enter Gloria Ortega, who checks into the hotel with her father and shares her business smarts with P.T., leading to money-making ventures that include karaoke performances featuring the motel’s frog-shaped waterslide. When two elderly jewel thieves show up to find diamonds they lost at Wonderland decades earlier, P.T. and Gloria realize that this could be their chance to save Wonderland. Lumberjanes contributor Allen’s lively cartoons are a perfect fit for Grabenstein’s (Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics) quirky, upbeat romp, which is filled with mystery, danger, and laughs. P.T.’s longing for his absent father and his unflagging optimism make him a sympathetic narrator that will leave readers looking forward to the next installment in this new series. Ages 8–12. Author’s agent: Eric Myers, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Oct.)

 
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