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Mitchell Goes Bowling coverMitchell Goes Bowling by Hallie Durand and Illustrated by Tony Fucile
Published by Candlewick Press
Pages: 40
Ages: 3-7
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads | ISBN-10/ISBN-13: 0763660493 / 9780763660499
Publishers Summary:

Mitchell liked to knock things down.
That’s just how he rolled.

One Saturday, when Mitchell almost knocks down his dad, his dad catches him and puts him in the car. And when they step into the bowling alley, Mitchell feels right at home. Pizza! Giant crashing noises! Special shoes! But as Mitchell picks up the biggest ball and quickly learns the word gutter, and when Dad does a little kick with his leg and earns a big X on the scoreboard, Mitchell starts to get peevish. How can Mitchell get a chance to do a steamin’-hot-potato-dance too? With wit, warmth, and comedic charm, Hallie Durand and Tony Fucile roll another strike with this tale of a lovably rambunctious child and his doting dad.
Battle on! Head to the lanes for another hilarious, high-energy story as four-year-old Mitchell and his obliging dad strike a winning deal.

TurkeybirdTurkeybird Starts Throwing: STRIKE!!! Whacking down things sounds and pins sounds like so much fun! After we read this book I’ve been asking to go bowling over and over again. I especially want to go with my dad because I think it would be so much fun. I bet he could knock down lots of pins just like Mitchell’s dad!


Mom’s Two Cents: Mitchell is determined to knock down anything and everything in sight, but his parents have had just about enough. When Mitchell knocks over his final household item and even his dad they decide a Saturday at the lanes to learn to knock down a more appropriate target; bowling pins. After struggling to knock even three pins down Mitchell is frustrated, wanting to knock a strike out just like his dad. It’s only when he joins up with his dad for an afternoon of fun that he’s able to get a STRIKE and knock down just what he’d hoped for.

This truly was a fun read! Both Turkeybird and Littlebug loved it and have been begging to go bowling ever since. Not only that, but it has a wonderful message all about teamwork. Children will no doubt relate to Mitchell and his devious adventurous ways, but the connection with his dad is what truly stands out. Mitchell Goes Bowling was a fantastic read and one we’ll no doubt be re-reading again and again many times to come!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 3 to 8. A whole lot of fun and even more teamwork, this story will delight young readers and have them hoping for a strike of their own very soon.

October is National Learn to Bowl Month!

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Thanks to the wonderful people at Candlewick Press and Blue Slip Media I have one copy of Mitchell Goes Bowling by Hallie Durand to giveaway to There’s A Book readers. Be sure to enter using the rafflecopter form below and be aware that this one is for US residents only.

Find Mitchell Goes Bowling by Hallie Durand and Illustrated by Tony Fucile at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads | ISBN-10/ISBN-13: 0763660493 / 9780763660499

Hallie Durand is the author of Mitchell’s License, now available in paperback as Mitchell Goes Driving, among other books for children. About Mitchell Goes Bowling, she says, “I love hanging out at the lanes with my crew, especially when I get a couple of Xs!” She lives with her family in Maplewood, New Jersey. To learn more, visit her website at

Tony Fucile is the author-illustrator of Let’s Do Nothing! as well as the illustrator of the Bink & Gollie series by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee. He has spent more than twenty years designing and animating characters for numerous feature films, including The Lion King, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles. He lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay area.

Thank you so much to the publisher, Candlewick Press, and Blue Slip Media for providing a copy of this book for review! Connect with them on Twitter, Google+ and on Facebook!
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15 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: Mitchell Goes Bowling by Hallie Durand

  1. Gaye Sanders says:

    Love this concept!

  2. Merry says:

    My favorite team sport is baseball. Looks like a cute book my boys would love to read.

  3. Hallie says:

    What a wonderful review and blog–hope Turkeybird and Littlebug get some XXXs at the lanes soon!!

  4. anne says:

    My favorite team sport is baseball.

  5. MJ says:

    College football! Go Gamecocks!!

  6. Margo Jantzi says:

    My favorite team sport is volleyball.

  7. Lori Tussey says:

    This looks like such a fun book. Team sport = soccer.

  8. My favorite sport to participate in was gymnastics, but it doesn’t have the teamwork of soccer. Have to agree with the others that soccer is my favorite team sport.

  9. Rhythm says:

    Team sport?! Hmmm. Tag!

  10. How cute. I love the cover. Now I want to go bowling.

  11. Laura J says:

    I love to watch football on TV….but as far as participating…Bowling!

  12. Kelly Brown says:

    I love basketball and football!

  13. Gina says:

    Aww….sounds like Turkeybird had a BLAST with this one! AS to be expected. ^_^ Glad to see the reading family is rolling right along. Thanks for sharing guys!

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