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The MIS-adventures of Phillip Isaac Penn by Donna L. Peterson

Published by Cedar Fort Publishing

Pages: 96

Ages: Middle Grade/Early Reader

Publishers Summary: 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.

Pip is at fault for everything. From Monday all the way through Sunday its, “Pip! Pip! Pip!” So, it should come as no surprise that he’s a bit fed up with the entire situation. Sure Pip knows that being a kid can be tough, but really…this tough? It seems like even when he’s trying to do the right thing he manages to get into trouble. What’s a kid to do?

The MIS-adventures of Phillip Isaac Penn aka Pip was one of the quickest and often most hilarious children’s books I’ve read in awhile. With the main character being a kid who just can’t seem to help but get into trouble I knew I was in for a few laughs, but this was great. Pip was your typical ten year old boy with a big sister to boot. He constantly used the wrong appliance or said the wrong thing that ultimately led him down a path that would end in the discovery of yet another “experiment” or project gone wrong. What really was so hilarious about it was that it was so believable, I could absolutely see the Turkeybird doing some of these very things in a few years from now. I only hope I’m not as nagging and disbelieving as his Mom was.

Another fun thing about the story outside of Pip’s home life was his interactions at school. Each chapter is based on a day of the week with a coordinating and mischievous character as the focal point of Pip’s irritations. From stealing to lying to bullying and more, Pip does his very best to prove he’s not the fault of these horrible crimes he’s accused of but that it’s actually the kids who represent these terrible traits. It makes for a very funny way to present young readers with great examples of what not to do and how to be good person. It’s definitely a book young reader will learn from and relate to.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Pip. His life is, as I mentioned already, one that young readers will absolutely relate to. Who at ten years old didn’t feel like their parents, big sister or brother, and teacher were out to get them at some point? Not only that, but being a tween is tough. You’re constantly learning and trying to do the right thing, but because you simply don’t know you often get into trouble just because.  The MIS-adventures of Phillip Isaac Penn is a delightful read and a fantastic debut for Donna L. Peterson! I for one am definitely looking forward to future installments in Pip’s life and/or possibly other books by Peterson and I know young readers will as well.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 7 to 12. Doing the right thing can be hard at ten when you’re not sure what’s right or wrong to begin with. A funny debut by Donna L. Peterson that young readers everywhere will relate to and possibly even learn a little bit from as well.

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5 Responses to Book Review: The MIS-adventures of Phillip Isaac Penn by Donna L. Peterson

  1. Katie says:

    Pip sounds like a quick, fun read! My niece is just beginning to get into chapter books and I have a feeling that she would love reading this one to her younger brother. Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Angela says:

    This is a great read for upcoming car rides. It kept both the parents attention and the kids.

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