Saturday, October 5, 2013
Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. This week, I'm going to share with you an adorable picture book that's perfect for Naitonal Learn to Bowl Month!
One Saturday, when Mitchell almost knocks down his dad, his dad catches him and puts him in the car. And when they step into the bowling alley, Mitchell feels right at home. Pizza! Giant crashing noises! Special shoes! But as Mitchell picks up the biggest ball and quickly learns the word gutter, and when Dad does a little kick with his leg and earns a big X on the scoreboard, Mitchell starts to get peevish. How can Mitchell get a chance to do a steamin’-hot-potato-dance too? With wit, warmth, and comedic charm, Hallie Durand and Tony Fucile roll another strike with this tale of a lovably rambunctious child and his doting dad.
Battle on! Head to the lanes for another hilarious, high-energy story as four-year-old Mitchell and his obliging dad strike a winning deal. -- Candlewick
MITCHELL GOES BOWLING by Hallie Durand and illustrated by Tony Fucile is a terrific book for preschoolers and even early elementary age children. It is very funny and the illustrations are fantastic. I'm betting this is one picture book that both children and adults will want to read over and over again.
In MITCHELL GOES BOWLING, Mitchell is always knocking into things. So one day, his dad decides to take him on a surprise outing to the bowling alley. Mitchell immediately felt as if he belonged, but he also discovered the gutter. Eventually he was able to knock down a pin or two, but he was starting to get frustrated. His dad, on the other hand, made strike after strike and even did a fun little dance; and Mitchell became more jealous by the minute. When his dad suggests that they play on the same team, all of Mitchell's problems were solved!
I thought MITCHELL GOES BOWLING was adorable! I loved Mitchell and I think many kids (and parents) will be able to relate to Mitchell's antics -- both at home and at the bowling alley. The story was very cute and demonstrated a positive father/son relationship. It also had a sweet little message about how to act when you're losing.
However, what really made this book outstanding in my opinion were the illustrations. They were the perfect complement to this story. The were bright and silly and I couldn't help but smile as I read each and every page. I especially loved the pages where Mitchell and his father were celebrating their "victory."
MITCHELL GOES BOWLING is the second book in this series. The first one is titled MITCHELL GOES DRIVING (formerly know as MITCHELL'S LICENSE), and it came out in 2011. I have to say after reading MITCHELL GOES BOWLING, I'm a big fan! I loved the fast and furious pace of the story as well as Mitchell's almost hyper activity level. And the pictures were fantastic! I have a feeling that the first book is the same way!
If you are looking for a very fun book that will appeal to both kids and adults, then I highly recommended MITCHELL GOES BOWLING!
Thanks to Blue Slip Media and the publisher for providing a review copy of this picture book.
Giveaway alert: I have a copy of MITCHELL GOES BOWLING to share with one lucky reader. To enter, just fill out the form below before October 18th at 11:59 p.m. EST. I will randomly select and notify the winner the following day. This contest is open to those of you in U.S. and Canada only. Good luck!
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