Friday, June 3, 2011

Review: The Misadventures of Phillip Isaac Penn by Donna L. Peterson

Pip, whose real name is Phillip Isaac Penn, feels that the world is against him as he struggles to deal with angry parents, a bossy older sister, a frazzled teacher, and memorable characters such as Bully Bart, Cheater Chaz, Know-It-All Nell, Liar Lizzy, Stealer Steffan, Conman Cody, and Tattle-Tale Tess. Every day of the week brings another challenge that Pip handles in his own endearing way. Yet, no matter how hard he tries, he realizes that it’s just not easy being a kid.
My Thought
This book told about a boy named Phillip Isaac Pen. Everybody called him Pip. Those three letters was a stand for his full name. He disliked it but has no way to change it. The setting took place in his house and school. It was told from his point of view, started from Monday to Sunday. Seven days that was not easy for him. He has tried his best to avoid something that people called as trouble. But everything turned into something different. All things he did was end up badly. His family and teacher were really pissed off with it.

Misadventure of Phillip Isaac Penn was a light reading. I finished it less than a hour. Pip was a funny character. I felt bad for his carelessness but in a same time I also felt pity for every bad thing happened. Especially when he was blamed for something that he did not do. After reading what his the first and second day, I wished the fortunate goddess would protect him for the following days. Unfortunately, no days without trouble has been a tagline for him. I could not stand for one thing. Although in the end of the day he highlighted one lesson, the next day, he had already forgot it. No wonder he was always in trouble.

It was easy to blend with Pip and feel his emotions. That was one thing that I liked from this book. I also awed with Pip’s reaction in the end of each chapter. No matter what had roled in one day, in the end, he looked cool. I also liked all the terms that he used for his friends.

I recommend this book to all middle graders.

Cover and Illustration
I like the color of the cover. Pip’s guilty face is drawn well there. But I was little bit disappointed with all the illustration inside. It is still draft for me. I am pretty sure they can make it better.


About The Author
Donna Peterson has enjoyed writing stories and poetry since the second grade. She has been published four times in the Idaho Magazine; wrote a weekly humor column, "Kaleidoscope," for the Three Rivers Chronicle; and she continues to write short stories for the children at Park Intermediate School, where she has been employed for the past twelve years. Two years ago, Donna took a children's literature class, which inspired her to finally publish her own stories.

Donna lives in Weiser, Idaho, with her husband, Brad, and her three-legged cat, Sam. Her son, Erik and his lovely wife, Shawna, live in Murray, Utah. Her other son, David, will be attending college in Japan next fall.

Writing has always been Donna's favorite pastime, so having her first children's book published is a dream come true.

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Source: NetGalley for review
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (June 8, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1599558939
ISBN-13: 978-1599558936
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