Saturday, June 22, 2019

Book Review: The Pennypackers Go on Vacation by Lisa Doan

Charlie Pennypacker has always wanted to go on a real vacation but like with everything else in his life, his super-cheap dad has always managed to ruin it. He's made them camp in the back yard and pretend they were somewhere else, and called that a vacation. Argh. So when his dad announces they're going on a Disney cruise, Charlie can't believe it!

And he shouldn't have. Because they're not going on a Disney cruise. They're on a Wisney cruise. With his super-obnoxious little sister (of course) and his ex-best-friend-turned nemesis Gunter. Charlie goes along with "Cinderalla" and "Mickey Mouser" but why are those two men in suits chasing the boat from port to port and what is the captain hiding? Maybe if Charlie can get Gunter to agree to a truce, they can figure out what's really going on. And have some fun in the process.

This is a fun middle grade book that could be good for kids whose families are facing tighter budgets (although Charlie's mom is not a tightwad like his dad and in fact is a lawyer and they have a decent income.) Or who find their families awful and embarrassing. It's also just plain funny. And it's nice that unlike in Ms. Doan's last book, there's not a true enemy. As an ex-best-friend, you figure pretty early on that Charlie and Gunter might work through their issues. A light, fun early middle grade book for anyone with a really irritating little sister who never got to go on the summer vacation of their dreams.

This review is a part of Kid Konnection, hosted by Booking Mama, a collection of children's book-related posts over the weekend.

This book is published by Roaring Press, a division of Macmillan, my employer.

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