Saturday, March 31, 2012

Lawn Mower Magic by Lynne Jonell

Be careful what you wish for; it may come true...

Random House Kids Books sent me this Stepping Stone Book to read for review (thank you).  It's a chapter book for young readers, and has already been published.  Check with your local bookstore for a copy.

The Willow family has moved to a home in the country that has a creek, trees and lots of area to play.  Unfortunately, that area to play has grass on it that must be mowed.

When Derek gets an invite to go back to the old neighborhood and stay with a friend, he gets excited!  All he needs is the price of a train ticket and he can go visit everybody at home.  The bad news is that the lawnmower his Dad is trying to use gives up the ghost and they have a very limited budget.  It appears any money they can scrape up will go for a new mower.

Derek is desperate.  He offers to mow the lawn with an old push mower.  His father is doubtful about it, but he agrees he will buy him a train ticket if he accomplishes it.  Then he goes to look at new mowers.  Wait until you see what happens when Derek tries to mow the lawn!  

This story will charm young readers and make them laugh.  Derek and his siblings have their chore cut out for them and when the mower gets a mind of it's own, it's even more fun.

The illustrations by Brandon Dorman make the story come alive and enhance the humor of the situation.  Why not buy a story that will make you chortle and enjoy a quiet afternoon at home with a good book?

Happy reading.


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