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Posted September 1, 2011
Teasing children suffer a pleasing payback
It's summer. Philip and Emery have been looking forward to their vacation from school, but Emery's got bad news and it looks like everything might go wrong. His cousin Leon's going to be staying with him, and Emery's cousin is, well, a little odd.
Author John Paulits' characters walk a fine line between honesty and humor in this second children's story about Philip. Philip and the Superstition Kid has Philip and Emery hatching all sorts of plots to keep Emery's cousin out of their way-coincidentally meaning he's always in Emery's mother's way. But it's one thing to laugh at someone else's bad luck, and quite another to see it rubbing off on you. Soon their plots are coming back to haunt them and troubles abound. Of course, with twin babies, Emery's mother has more than enough troubles of her own to cope with, and the portrayal of parents at the end of their tether is sweet and generous-genuine enough to glide past a child while adult readers will squirm and smile with sympathy. Rational Philip, fairly rational Emery, mostly irrational Leon-in the end they're all kids, all zany, all fun, and that's as it should be.
Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this ebook by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Posted January 23, 2011
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