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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Review: Home Sweet Motel (Welcome to Wonderland #1) by Chris Grabenstein

Home Sweet Motel
(Welcome to Wonderland #1)
By Chris Grabenstein
October 4, 2016
Random House BFYR
Source: from pub for review
Eleven-year-old P.T. Wilkie may be the greatest storyteller alive. But he knows one thing for a fact: the Wonderland Motel is the best place a kid could ever live! All-you-can-eat poolside ice cream! A snack machine in the living room! A frog slide! A giant rampaging alligator! (Okay, that last one may or may not be made up.) There’s only one thing the Wonderland doesn’t have, though—customers. And if the Wonderland doesn’t get them soon, P.T. and his friend Gloria may have to say goodbye to their beloved motel forever.
They need to think BIG. They need to think BOLD. They need an OUTRAGEOUS plan. Luckily for them, Gloria is a business GENIUS, and OUTRAGEOUS is practically P.T.’s middle name. With Gloria’s smarts and P.T.’s world-famous stories and schemes, there’s got to be a way to save the Wonderland!
BONUS: Includes fun extras like P. T. Wilkie’s outrageous (and sometimes useful) things you learn living in a motel. Installment 1: How to say “Help! The toilet is clogged!” in over twenty languages!


Eleven year old, P.T. Wilkie, loves living in his family run Wonderland Motel. With its wacky attractions, colorful decor, and unique amenities, the Wonderland Motel has everything...except enough customers. When the Wonderland Motel finds itself in a great deal of debt and the bank threatens to take back the motel, P.T. knows it’s up to him to think of some BIG idea. Thankfully, young business genius, Gloria, just checked in with her dad. Together, P.T. and Gloria, along with P.T.’s grandfather, come up with some crazy, fun schemes to make money. But, P.T. and Gloria quickly find themselves caught up in something even bigger, crazier, and scheme-ier!

Home Sweet Motel, the first book in Chris Grabenstein’s middle-grade Welcome to Wonderland series, is a highly amusing adventure, full of laughs, fun characters, and exciting plot twists! Grabenstein brings his signature humor, clever storytelling, and unforgettable character creations to Home Sweet Motel. The wonderfully wacky and colorful Wonderland Motel makes for a delightful and captivating setting! Young readers will love all the outrageous attractions and decor, and will be dying to jump into the pages and join P.T. for a swim in the pool and a cone of green ice cream! And readers will love all the funny and fun illustrations.

Home Sweet Motel is home to some fun, engaging characters! From creative, storytelling P.T. to smart, innovative Gloria, whimsical and fun loving grandpa, two bumbling criminals, and all the motel’s guests, this book is bursting with lively and entertaining people.

Both readers and P.T. find themselves on a surprising and enthralling adventure, full of twists, turns, and humorous outcomes!

My final thoughts: With its outrageously cool setting, fun characters, and laugh-out-loud humor, Home Sweet Motel is a real treat!
4/5 Cupcakes

CHRIS GRABENSTEIN is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY, MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY OLYMPICS, THE ISLAND OF DR. LIBRIS, WELCOME TO WONDERLAND: HOME SWEET MOTEL and many other books, as well as the coauthor of numerous fun and funny page-turners with James Patterson, including I FUNNY, HOUSE OF ROBOTS, TREASURE HUNTERS, and JACKY HA-HA. Chris lives in New York City with his wife, J.J., two cats, and a dog named Fred. You can visit Chris at

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