Very excited today to share with you a new book by Chris Grabenstein for the blog tour of Welcome to Wonderland: Beach Party Surf Monkey.
I LOVE Grabenstein's Mr. Lemoncello books, so I was excited to see about this series.
About the Book
There’s always something wacky happening when you live in a motel, and P.T. (named after P. T. Barnum, of course) has grown up at the world’s wackiest! When word gets out that the hottest teen idols in Hollywood (plus current YouTube sensation Kevin the Monkey!) will be filming their next movie—Beach Party Surf Monkey—right in St. Pete’s Beach, Florida, P.T. and his friend Gloria know that the Wonderland would be the perfect location. Now they just have to convince the producers!
But when things start to go wrong (crazed fans? missing stars?), it will take all of Gloria’s business genius and P.T.’s wild stories to save the movie before both it and the Wonderland are all washed up!
About the Author
CHRIS GRABENSTEIN is the author of the New York Times bestselling The Island of Dr. Libris, Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics, and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, which was nominated for over 30 state awards lists!
Follower him on Twitter at @CGrabenstein, and visit him online at chrisgrabenstein.com.
You know those old movies that take place on the beach and or silly and wacky? That is this book to a T! Loved it! Ok I will admit it took me a few pages to really like P.T. On the first few pages he's pretty over-the-top, but after he relaxed a little I really liked him. I loved his optimism and his willingness to try almost anything! And to go along with him - I loved how Gloria balanced him. He would get himself into so much more trouble without her!
The story itself if full of wacky twists and turns and the classic little guy vs the big guy theme. Again it kept reminding me of those beach movies from like the 60's. Characters with big personalities. Over exaggerated events and behaviors. BUT completely fun and silly. I could see kids really getting into this one.
Loved the ending and can't wait to see more of P.T. and Gloria!
Thank you Random House Kids for the chance to read and review the book.