The Misadventures of Phillip Isaac Penn

The Misadventures of Phillip Isaac Penn

by Donna L. Peterson

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The Misadventures of Phillip Isaac Penn by Donna L. Peterson

Pip is always finding himself in the middle of some kind of trouble, and no wonder! Every day of the week, there are dirt clods to dodge, liars to expose, and dirty cheats to foil. Plagued by problems, Pip somehow manages to figure out a few things that maybe--just maybe--will keep him out of hot water. Hey, it's not easy being a kid!

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ISBN-13: 9781462100835
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 06/14/2011
Series: The Misadventures of Phillip Isaac Penn , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

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The Mis-Adventures of Phillip Isaac Penn 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could feel sorry for this young man, Pip, but at the same time I laughed over the familiar predicaments of childhood memories. It truly is not easy being a kid, and Pip will go on to make all children feel that they are not alone when it comes to dealing with others. I look forward to reading this to my fourth grade students this year!
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BookladyBA More than 1 year ago
From the back of the book: "Friday morning my sister, K.D., was shouting something about her hair gel being all over the countertop. My Mom wanted to know why the baking soda was sprinkled around the sink and why it was foaming up and smelled like vinegar. Then my dad asked me why his shaving cream was all over the bathroom mirror. Whether it's pop quizzes and peanut butter, or model glue and flying stew, being good is just awful hard sometimes! Everybody calls Phillip Isaac Penn, Pip, although usually it's at the top of their lungs. Hey, it's not his fault that he forgot to close the cage door and the classroom mice got out. And how was he supposed to know that blow driers and bathtubs don't mix? Pip is always finding himself in the middle of some kind of trouble, and no wonder! Every day of the week, there are dirt clods to dodge, liars to expose, and dirty cheats to foil. Plagued by problems, Pip somehow manages to figure out a few things that maybe -- just maybe -- will keep him out of hot water the next time. Hey, it's not easy being a kid!" What I liked about the book: Pip reminds me of Ramona, Clementine, Judy Moody and Big Nate. This is a wonderful addition to the genre of books about kids who mean well, but just haven't quite learned how to make wise choices. (And even though my copy of the book compares it to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, I have to disagree. Pip means well, but I'm so sure Greg does.) Written by a teacher, this book explores things from both the point of view of Pip and the adults in his life. At the end of each chapter Pip takes time to reflect on where his day went wrong. While he admits that he made some less than wise choices, he is also honest about his feelings. The author includes discussion questions at the end of the book, making this an excellent choice for a classroom read-aloud. Students will identify with Pip and will be entertained by the scrapes he gets into - adults will appreciate Pip's efforts to understand where he went wrong and his efforts to change his behavior. What I didn't like about the book: There was only one thing that bothered me slightly. Pip's adventures (mis-adventures) are rather humorous, but I have to admit that I worried that kids who read this book might get some ideas for their own misadventures. Recommended for 2nd Grade and up (and anyone who spends time with elementary students.) Mrs. Archer's rating: 5 of 5!
l_manning More than 1 year ago
This book was adorable. It follows a week in the life of Phillip Isaac Pen, or Pip. He's your typical young boy, always getting into trouble. Sometimes he's innocent, sometimes he's not. He is always fun though. Each chapter begins a day, often with Pip already getting into trouble before the day begins. Each chapter also highlights a particular person causing Pip trouble. I had fun reading this, remembering what it was like to grow up with brothers. Pip may get into trouble, but he always means well. I like that Pip readily acknowledged what he might have been able to do differently in each situation. He understood that even with good intentions, some things should not be done. The illustrations were so cute. This will be a great book for younger children who are just starting chapter books. It even includes questions at the end for some great discussion with your kids! Overall, it was a very enjoyable children's book. Galley provided by publisher for review.
Aleetha More than 1 year ago
This book told about a boy named Phillip Isaac Pen. Everybody called him Pip. Those three letters was a stand for his full name. He disliked it but has no way to change it. The setting took place in his house and school. It was told from his point of view, started from Monday to Sunday. Seven days that was not easy for him. He has tried his best to avoid something that people called as trouble. But everything turned into something different. All things he did was end up badly. His family and teacher were really pissed off with it. Misadventure of Phillip Isaac Penn was a light reading. I finished it less than a hour. Pip was a funny character. I felt bad for his carelessness but in a same time I also felt pity for every bad thing happened. Especially when he was blamed for something that he did not do. After reading what his the first and second day, I wished the fortunate goddess would protect him for the following days. Unfortunately, no days without trouble has been a tagline for him. I could not stand for one thing. Although in the end of the day he highlighted one lesson, the next day, he had already forgot it. No wonder he was always in trouble. It was easy to blend with Pip and feel his emotions. That was one thing that I liked from this book. I also awed with Pip's reaction in the end of each chapter. No matter what had roled in one day, in the end, he looked cool. I also liked all the terms that he used for his friends. I recommend this book to all middle graders.
Misha1989 More than 1 year ago
The Misadventures of Phillip Isaac Penn follows a regular week in Phillip Isaac Penn's life, who is better known as Pip. Try as he might Pip is unable to stay out of trouble. Every day of his life, some adult or the other seems to be screaming their heads off at him for something which he never meant to do intentionally. The humorous narrative of Pip takes us through the daily challenges faced by him as a kid in the unfair world ruled by adults. Though he never purposefully brews trouble, at the end of the day he learns some lessons from his mistakes even if he always ends by saying that being a kid is not all that easy. The Misadventures of Phillip Isaac Penn had me rolling about in laughter. This book truly makes me nostalgic about my elementary school days despite the fact I never got into as much trouble as Pip (I only loved to rile up my teacher by making castles out of books). Pip is someone who you can easily relate to. The unfair judgment of elders and not being taken seriously by them - these are the things we all go through as a kid. This book is brimming with childish exuberance and energy. Pip can be described as a magnet for mischief - be it putting his mother's hair dryer in the bath tub (at least it was switched off) or carving his name in a tree using his father's screw driver. I looked forward to every new character that was introduced, especially for the names that Pip kept for them that seemed to describe their entire nature. Bully Bart, Cheater Chaz, Know-It-All Nell, Liar Lizzy, Stealer Steffan, Conman Cody, and Tattle-Tale Tess-all these are people who pose a challenge for Pip in his endeavors to stay away from another 'misadventure'. His naivety is both adorable and laugh-out-loud. Even the secondary characters add to the entertainment factor of the book. A thumbs-up for the author for depicting a kid's mentality almost perfectly. I enjoyed each of Pip's exploits thoroughly, though I especially liked the day with Know-It-All Nell. I was shaking with laughter when Pip changes Civil War to the Benevolent War so as not to get caught for 'plagiarism' by his teacher. After all the foils he gets himself into, at the end of the day he certainly learns a lesson. Each chapter ends with Pip claiming that it is not easy being a kid and I totally agree with him. The elders are always pushing you around, wanting you to be perfectly well-behaved and to stay out of trouble. My elementary school days are not too far behind so I too remember those feelings. It is only now that I find myself on the brink of adulthood that I have realized how precious those days were to me. The only complaint that I have for this book is that I didn't get any idea of how Pip looked - it's important for me to be able to completely visualize the characters. If it was not for the illustrations I would have had no clue of any feature of Pip's face. When I had read the summary of the book the plot seemed nothing special. What is unique about describing a week in a kid's life? However, this book proved all my pre-reading judgments wrong. This sure did teach me lesson of not judging people even before you know them. The Misadventures of Phillip Isaac Penn is the perfect book for young readers to start out with, especially for those who freak at the sight of a book. Its irresistible and gleeful narrative will keep you hooked to it till the end. Overall: A highly amusing tale of the challenges faced by the trouble magnet, Phillip Isaac
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pip (Phillip Isaac Penn) can't catch a break. It seems like everything he does is wrong, and boy is he tired of hearing everyone yell his name. If it's not his mother, father or sister K.D., then it's his teacher Mrs. Ray who is on his case. How was he supposed to know he shouldn't try to wash the glue off his mothers blow dryer by putting it in the bathtub, or use peanut butter to get the gum off his sister's iPod speakers, and why can't he change out his dollar bill in the church collection plate? Everyone knows a Pip. Heck, at times I WAS Pip. This was a cute read, and one parents can feel good about buying for their kids for a fun summer read. They'll enjoy reading his encounters with his family and characters such as Bully Bart, Cheater Chazz, Know-it-all Nell and Liar Lizzie. This middle-grade book is perfect for any middle-grader who enjoys stories of an unlucky kid.
KidLitWriter More than 1 year ago
Phillip Isaac Penn, who goes by the nickname "PIP," shares a week of his error prone life where he seems to hear his name as more of a shout than anything else. He awakes to the sounds of his mother calling out, "Pip!" Then dad chimes in with "Pip." And then sister yells at him "PIP!" What is a young boy to do? Well, Pip has a unique way of learning from his mistakes, which he tends to let roll off his back. That is a good thing since even school is a battlefield for Pip. His teacher doesn't believe what he says, his friends turn out to be only so-so friends yet Pip keeps bouncing back. He is a model of resilience. On Monday Pip must deal with Bully Bart. On Tuesday he is sitting near Cheater Chaz. Wednesday brings Know-it-all Nell. Thursday doesn't fair much better for poor Pip as Liar Lizzy becomes a pest. The end of the school week is spent dealing with the Stealing Stan. Oh, for the weekend, right? Not for Pip. On Saturday Con Man Cody shows up ad on Sunday it is Tattletale Tess. Through it all, Pip handles each and every kid sized problem like a pro. This is an easy read and after reading the first chapter the end of the remaining chapers is predictable. Seven chapters long, each chapter tells a day in Pip's life. At night Pip recaps his day, figuring out how he could have done better and resolving to do just that beginning the next morning. Pip exudes a positive attitude, is resilient as most kids are, and sometimes Pip seems to even delight in the foils he gets himself into. This is a really good book for kids who are having some difficulty learning to read.. I think the predictable endings can give such readers the boost in confidence experience and practice (the repetitive endings), can often provide. This is a good story for those who have been fielding more mistakes than normal and need a little boost of confidence. Pip knows how to bounce back.