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Friday, June 7, 2019

Review: Beach Battle Blowout (Welcome to Wonderland #4) by Chris Grabenstein

Beach Battle Blowout 
(Welcome to Wonderland #4) 
By Chris Grabenstein 
April 16, 2019 
Random House BFYR 
Source: pub 

Welcome to the Wonderland Motel--the funnest place on earth! Contestants, start your engines! The race to be the best on the beach is on, and this year the Wonderland is FINALLY going to win! The competition is fierce! But who needs ROLLER COASTERS and JET PACKS and PIRATES when you have not one but two SECRET WEAPONS? That's right--P.T. and Gloria, of course! Now they just need to SLEUTH OUT who the secret contest judges are and come up with enough brand-new attractions to WOW them and OUT-FUN the competition! Can they do it? Or will the Wonderland crash and burn? Anything's possible when you live in the FUNNEST PLACE ON EARTH! 

Check out my reviews of the other books in this series 

P.T., Gloria, and the famous Wonderland Motel are back for another adventure...and this time P.T. and the gang are determined to get the Wonderland Motel chosen as one of the best family destinations in Florida. Without over-the-top attractions, expensive gizmos, and cliché gimmicks, winning this title may be harder than they imagined. But the Wonderland has something those other places don’t: two smart, creative, don’t-know-how-to-quit kids! Now if P.T. and Gloria can just figure out who the secret judges are... 

Chris Grabenstein’s Welcome to Wonderland series is one of my absolute middle-grade favorites! Outrageously fun antics, giggle-snort inducing humor, lovable characters, and pitch-perfect storytelling shine in each book in this series. Beach Battle Blowout is another superb addition, with its rollicking summery fun story. 

Young readers will have a blast joining P.T. and Gloria on their wackadoodle adventures, as they explore even more of their slice of Florida life. Both P.T. and Gloria are fantastically crafted young characters, whose ingenuity, smarts, determination, and thoughtfulness will inspire readers. Plus, I love their genuine, supportive friendship. And I always love returning to the quirky, one-of-a-kind Wonderland Motel. 

Through infectious charm, laugh-out-loud humor, and engaging illustrations, Beach Battle Blowout offers not only a wonderfully entertaining story, but a great lesson about hard work, the power of kindness, and never giving up. 

This book, and the entire series, is perfect for reluctant readers! 

5/5 Cupcakes

Chris Grabenstein is an award-winning author of books for children and adults, a playwright, screenwriter, and former advertising executive and improvisational comedian.  
Winner of two Anthony and three Agatha Awards, he is also the co-author with James Patterson of The New York Times bestseller I FUNNY.  
A former writer for Jim Henson's Muppets and past president of the New York Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, Chris co-wrote the screenplay for the CBS-TV movie, The Christmas Gift, starring John Denver.  
He lives in New York City with his wife, three cats, and a rescue dog named Fred, who starred in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Broadway. You can visit Chris (and Fred) at website * goodreads * twitter facebook 

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