by Hallie Durand, illustrated by Tony Fucile
Candlewick Press, 2013
Reviewed from copy provided by publisher in return for honest review.
All opinions expressed are solely my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hallie Durand began writing in 2007 and her first book, Dessert First, was published in 2009 by Atheneum / Simon & Schuster. There are two more books in this chapter-book series: Just Desserts and No Room for Dessert, all illustrated by Christine Davenier. Hallie's first picture book, Mitchell's License (retitled Mitchell Goes Driving for the paperback), was published in 2011 by Candlewick Press, and the second Mitchell book, Mitchell Goes Bowling, is due out in September, both illustrated by Tony Fucile. Her third picture book, Catch That Cookie! will be published by Dial Books in 2014 and is illustrated by David Small. She is currently working on a fourth picture and her first middle-grade novel. She lives in Maplewood, NJ. When she's not writing, she is known as literary agent Holly McGhee of Pippin Properties, Inc., based in New York City.
A cute book about a boy who likes to knock things down and his wise father who takes him to a bowling alley to avoid further destruction at the house. Mitchell is an adorable 4-year-old who takes to bowling like a whirlwind throwing gutter balls and sliding down the aisle in his efforts to get that magical X. Just when he is ready to give up his father saves the day and restores Mitchell's spunkyness. A fun read that made me laugh at the delightful illustrations which clearly demonstrate Mitchell's fiery spirit and his father's toughness. Books like this always make me admire parents endurance and wisdom. There is plenty to enjoy here for parent and child alike.
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