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Book Tour: The Misadventures of Phillip Isaac Penn by Donna Peterson


Phillip Isaac Penn has been known as Pip since he was born, all thanks to his sister K.D. who has a thing for initials. Unfortunately, Pip has a knack for getting into trouble. Every day of his life. If he's not being yelled at by his parents or his sister, it's his teachers that are pointing out his errors.

The Misadventures of Phillip Isaac Penn by Donna Peterson is all about Pip's troubles throughout one particular week. There are seven chapters: one for each day of the week. Each chapter has a clear beginning, middle and end that follows the same pattern as all of the other chapters. At the beginning of each, Pip talks about being awoken in the morning by someone yelling his name. He is then berated by family for all sorts of mishaps from getting glue and peanut butter stuck on his sister's headphones, to putting the hair dryer in the filled bathtub (don't worry, it's unplugged).

Pip makes his way to school where he encounters more mishaps and accusations from teachers. Sometimes they are justified, but other times Pip is frustrated because other kids are misbehaving and getting away with it, while he seems to be picked on by the teachers. He deals with mild bullying, kids cheating during tests and other typical elementary school problems. And at the end of each chapter, he ends his day saying perhaps he should have done some things differently, but he's just a kid ~ and being a kid is hard.

My son, who is in first grade, really enjoyed this book. As an adult, it was a bit too formulaic for me. It seems repetitive in the way each chapter follows the same pattern. But my son likes that, and that's what matters since it's written for his age group, not mine! I'd definitely recommend this one, particularly to elementary school boys. I think they'll be able to relate to many of the issues Pip encounters.

My Rating: 4/5

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This review was written based on an e-book copy of The Misadventures of Phillip Isaac Penn that I received from Cedar Fort Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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