Review: The Misadventures of Phillip Isaac Penn by Donna L Peterson


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Poor Pip!  Phillip Isaac Penn, otherwise known as Pip, is so misunderstood!  It’s not easy to be a kid, especially when everyone has a lack of appreciation for his ingenuity.  So what if he sometimes forgets to clean up after himself, or accidentally destroys his sister’s belongings – he didn’t mean to do it!  Why can’t anyone understand that Pip is just trying to be a good kid?

This is a pretty funny read, and it follows Pip over the course of one week.  He does have a knack for getting himself into trouble!  In fact, he is always in trouble, so when someone else does something wrong, it’s usually Pip who gets the blame for it.  His teacher doesn’t cut him any slack, but maybe that’s because he can’t just sit and listen during class.  No, he has to try to have a debate instead of concentrating on his lessons.  And he might as well have a chair with his name on it in the Principal’s office, since he spends so much time there.

I enjoyed the format of the book.  Every morning starts with someone in his family upset about something that Pip has done, so his days always get off to a noisy start.  Then he has to try to get along with his classmates.  During these confrontations, Pip is bewildered, because the other kids are actually misbehaving, and in a bad way.  He has to deal with common school dramas, which include a bully, a cheat, and a thief.  I loved Pip’s reactions to these other kids.  First, he is  blamed for their bad behavior, and then he’s determined, with mixed results, to clear his name and get the other kid in trouble.

With its short, amusing chapters, this is a good book for reluctant readers, especially boys.  I laughed at the end of the chapters, when Pip recapped each day and what he learned.  His take on his adventures is comical.  He is a typical kid, and his application of logic is so funny.  He just doesn’t get it, but he remains likable and relatable throughout.

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2 thoughts on “Review: The Misadventures of Phillip Isaac Penn by Donna L Peterson

  • June 6, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    This does sound cute. It reminds me of Diary of a Wimpy Kid without pictures.

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