Random House Books for Young Readers, 2016
Audience: Children, Younger Teens
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!
Chris Grabenstein’s newest novel didn’t disappoint! It’s less intense and literary than his Mr. Lemoncello books, but still mysterious, adventurous and exciting. The family business, the Wonderland Motel, was in jeopardy. P.T. and Gloria, a guest, came up with hilarious and fun ways to make money for the motel, which were delightful enough - but then they uncovered a mystery. I couldn’t have asked for more! I’m looking forward to the rest of the Wonderland books, and I am hoping to read them to my after-school group!