Monday, July 10, 2017

BLOG TOUR: Beach Party Surf Monkey by Chris Grabenstein


ABOUT THE BOOK

From Chris Grabenstein, the bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and coauthor with James Patterson of I Funny, House of Robots, and Treasure Hunters, comes the second hilarious, fun-in-the-sun adventure in his new illustrated series about all the wacky things that happen when you live in a motel!

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!

BONUS: Includes fun extras like P.T. and Gloria's Famous Fact-or-Fiction Quiz: Movie Edition.

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.

REVIEW

Grabenstein presents readers with a very, wacky, but quite entertaining second book in the Welcome to WonderLand series.  In the first book, P.T. the son of the motel's manager and grandson of the motel's owner, seeks desperately to find a way to pay back a large loan in order to save the only home he has ever known.  With the help of his unusual grandfather and Gloria, a current resident of the motel who has brilliant business sense, P.T. sets out to earn as much money as he can over Spring break.  Through a rather unusual (read impossible) set of circumstances, P.T. and his allies succeed in saving the motel.

Now in book two, P.T. is once again tasked with saving the motel, this time from their ambitious neighbor who wants to expand his hotel onto the land where the WonderLand Motel stands.  Once again, P.T. turns to his showman sense and his friend, Gloria's business sense to save the day.  This time they bring in a movie to film at the WonderLand, hoping that this will bring the fame necessary to keep the motel booked.  But of course, the path of showbiz doesn't run smooth, misbehaving actors, a missing monkey, and a neighbor willing to sabotage P.T. best efforts.  But P.T. and Gloria aren't willing to give up just yet, but maybe they've bitten off more than they can chew.

This is the sort of book that (especially for adults) requires a serious suspension of disbelief.  But if you can manage to do that, you are in for a fun, creative ride.  P.T.'s ability to tell stories is certainly matched by Grabenstein's.

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