Home Sweet Motel

Home Sweet Motel

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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"Outrageous hijinks and nonstop hilarity--five-stars!" --Lincoln Peirce, author of the Big Nate series

From the bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and co-author with James Patterson of I Funny, House of Robots, and Treasure Hunters, comes a hilarious illustrated series about all the wacky things that happen when you live in a motel!

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!

Here's What People are saying about Welcome to Wonderland!

"Outrageous hijinks and nonstop hilarity--five-stars! Kids who check into this madcap motel will want to stay forever!" --Lincoln Peirce, author of the Big Nate series

"So funny I fell off my bed!"--Izzy B., age 10

"Classic Grabenstein. The mystery should satisfy Grabenstein's "Mr. Lemoncello" followers, and the humor and visuals will appeal to fans of his collaborations with James Patterson. This new series should be a hit."-- School Library Journal

"A delight. P.T. is a hoot and a half. A funny, madcap dash. Grabenstein . . . threads in a mystery that blooms in the last act and that puts this particular read over the top."-- Kirkus Reviews

"Charm galore. Easy and breezy, this well-paced novel . . . belongs in the hands of any readers wanting their bad guys bad, their good guys great, and a little of Wonderland's promised fun in the sun." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Publisher: New York : Random House Children's Books, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780553536027
Branch Call Number: J FIC Grabe
Characteristics: 284 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Allen, Brooke A. - Illustrator


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cmlibrary_jcurrie Mar 21, 2017

P. T. Wilkie lives with his mom and grandfather at the Wonderland Motel. The family is behind on their loan payments and must pay them by the end of the month. If they can’t come up with all of the money for the loan payment, they will lose their motel and their home. Fortunately, one of the motel guests has a great business mind and P. T. is willing to do anything to save the motel. He does comes up with some funny ways to make money, but will it be enough to save the family business?


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