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Lionel's Grand Adventure, book 1: Lionel and the Golden Rule: (kids books - children's books - kids adventure books - kids books that are funny) Kindle Edition
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Lionel's Grand Adventure (Lionel and the Golden Rule) is a story about a short, chubby, ill-coordinated twelve year old boy who is often the butt of other's jokes. Badly treated by his own brother and suffering a mother who constantly yells at him and criticises him, Lionel often looks for peace. Seeking refuge in his new bedroom one day (he and his family have just relocated from the Massachusetts to a small town in Missouri) he discovers what he thinks is a larger than average rabbit's foot in the closet. He soon finds out the foot has magical powers. He also soon finds out, from the local candy store owner, an old eccentric few take seriously, all about the legend of the Three-toed Pot- bellied Walbauns, and realises it is not a rabbit's foot he possesses at all, but a foot of one of the very same creatures. But will Lionel put this to good use!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story and particularly liked the magic weaved by the Three-toed Pot-bellied Walbauns, which never quite worked the way it should, but always seemed to achieve the right results. This book is extremely well-written and very readable and held my attention throughout. With its well-constructed text and its light touch, it has all the right ingredients for the intended reader; originality, humour, a touch of magic, a likeable hero, and, above all, a sound lesson in how to treat others. `Do unto others as you would have them do unto you' - The Golden Rule.
I think parents could read this aloud to younger children whilst enjoying it themselves, and those old enough to read will have no problem. Either way, it is an excellent book.
I highly recommend Lionel's Grand Adventure (Lionel and the Golden Rule) for children aged 5 to adult. I will certainly be reading more of Paul Hewlett's books myself, in the future.
I concur. It’s a fun read that should hit the sweet spot for its target audience (ages 7-10) with a lesson to be learned (I’d describe it as “be careful what you wish for”), that comes through clearly, yet doesn’t overshadow the fun of the story.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
This is the first in a thoroughly enjoyable series by Paul R Hewlett, and I managed to read them in the order 3,2,1. Unlike other series, it doesn't really matter, since Lionel's adventures with the foot causing mayhem in his life are unique each time.
It's a quick read for an adult, and I expect young people graduating to chapter books may struggle a little from time to time but will really enjoy the adventures too. Lionel is wholesome and lovable, his friends and adversaries are delightfully normal, and the whole series is a breath of fresh air.
I'll just add a baseball alert for those allergic to it.
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