Thursday, April 21, 2011

R Is for New Release: The Mis-Adventures of Phillip Isaac Pen

Release Date: June 14th, 2011
About The Book:   Everybody calls Phillip Isaac Penn, Pip. And usually they yell it at the top of their lungs. Sure he might forget to close the classroom mice's cage door, or leave his Mother's hair dryer in bathtub (hey, it's unplugged), and he might even make it so that Liar Lizzy gets caught, but that doesn't make him bad. It's just not easy being a kid.
First Line: Hello, my name is Pip. Please don't laugh. It really is my name.  
Great Quote: "The veins on the side of his head were growing bigger every time he asked me another question."

What Others Are Saying: "Loved! This book is so cute. Phillip Isaac Penn (PIP) is your typical elementary school kid who really doesn't try to get in trouble, it just seems to happen. This book reminded me a lot of life at my house growing up with 3 little brothers. It makes me wonder if they did all the stuff I got mad at them for on purpose or not." -Mariah Overlock on Goodreads

What I Think: This was a quick fun story. It reminded me of when my son would come home from school telling me how awful everything was. Pip seems to get blamed for everything but sometimes it isn't his fault. I do think that the character could have been developed more, he had such a great voice. This is great for a reluctant boy reader. Each chapter is almost a story in itself which makes it ideal for a child just trying to get use to chapter books. It is really funny too!
About The Author:  Donna Peterson 
Publisher: Cedar Fort

Who: Donna Peterson has enjoyed writing stories and poetry since the second grade. She has been published four times in the Idaho Magazine; wrote a weekly humor column, "Kaleidoscope," for the Three Rivers Chronicle; and she continues to wrote short stories for the children at Park Intermediate School where she has been employed for the past twelve years. Two years ago, Donna took a children's literature class at TVCC taught by the popular children's author, Judy Cox. This inspired Donna to finally publish her own stories.

Donna lives in Weiser with her husband, Brad, and her three-legged cat, Samson. Her eldest son, Erik, lives in Murray, Utah, with his wife, Shawna. David, her other son, just moved out to start his first year of college.

Writing has always been Donna's favorite pastime, so having her first children's book published is a dream come true. (Inside front cover)


  1. This sounds like a very cute book. Was this a self published book or traditional?

  2. @Choices Yes,it a is a small publishing company out of Utah. See link above for more information.

  3. Sounds a bit like my brother :-) My mother always said he didn't need to look for trouble, trouble came looking for him.

  4. It's hilarious. The book will be released in June. I'm so excited to share it with everyone I know.


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