** A Best Middle-Grade Book of 2017 by Kirkus Reviews **
“[Dewey’s] string of triumphs will have readers cheering him on, rolling in the aisles, and wishing they could line up for consultations.” – Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
Dewey Fairchild isn’t just good with parents, he’sgreatwith them. He’s so good at handling parents that he’s built a thriving business out of it. He even has an assistant, Claraa great alibi and an even better baker. Dewey settles the most troublesome of cases, from an overprotective mom who won’t let her child go to class on her own, to a dad who can’t stop picking his nose any chance he gets!
Dewey has no problem handling other people’s parents, but when he overhears his parents’ conversation, he discovers a challenge he never expected. Dewey can solve any problem parents may cause, but what will he do when the parents who are causing problems are his own?
About the Author
Lorri Horn is an educator and the author of Dewey Fairchild, Parent Problem Solver, which received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, who included it amongst the “Best Middle-Grade Books of 2017.” She has a degree in English, a teaching credential, has been Nationally Board Certified, and taught public school for over 14 years. She loves cheese (and wants it to be its own food group which made a former life working on a vegan book a challenge), humor, baking, books, and spending time with her family. Lorri's background as a career schoolteacher and instructional leader make her especially sympathetic to the needs and perspectives of children, and this sensitivity features in her work as an author. Lorri blogs on her website, lorrihorn.com. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Phi Delta Kappan, The College Board and Mayim’s Vegan Table. Lorri lives in California with her husband, son, and their dog, Wolfie.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book! It entertained me in so many ways! Kids will love it and parents will be so happy to have their kids reading a book that encourages play and problem-solving while maintaining a level head and a sense of humor. The premise of a kid solving the problems that parents cause their children is fresh and new! I have never encountered a book like this before -- it is truly original. Parents are people, with their own quirks: this book addresses them in an honest and respectful way, while also playfully discussing their quirks without mockery or shame. I would love to see this used in schools during units and projects that emphasize design thinking, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Lorri Horn has also provided an elevated textual style that will inspire young writers to shape their author voice and approach to composition in new ways. The wit and punch of the author is rip-roaring fun! Hysterical on so many pages! The emotional and psychological sophistication is subtly embedded within the characters and their adventures, and it really does leave one thinking about how problems can be solved in more empathetic and creative ways. In the final analysis, I think this book is incredibly well-written, for it delivers a fabulous storyline while also leaving the reader with many thoughts to ponder and carry over into one's own life. The characters have a real warmth for each other, and friend & family dynamics are explored in a productive, collaborative, and open manner. FIVE STARS!!! FIVE CHEERS FOR DEWEY FAIRCHILD AND HIS DOG, WOLFIE!!! I sure hope there will be more books coming from this wonderful author, Lorri Horn. I am already thinking of many problems that Dewey Fairchild could solve better than anyone. :-)
Thank you for a book that shows parents - while having issues - are not to be made fun of, disrespected or portrayed as complete idiots. I felt like this was similar to the Encyclopedia Brown books I enjoyed as a child; surely this is a launch for a series - I know I'd keep reading!