Friday, October 25, 2013

Diary of a Real Payne Book 1: True Story Schoolhouse Review Crew Review 2013 #hsmommas #hsreviews #childrensbooks

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      We love books, so much so we started our very own Little Free Library right out in front of our house. So when we get the opportunity to review any book, we are beyond excited. Not only do we get to read it ourselves we then get to share it with others so they can catch the bug of reading. It's the only bug we like to share... We were recently sent a book by Barbour PublishingDiary of a Real Payne Book 1: True Story.   Geared for kids 8-12, in our house we read books for almost all age ranges, we just truly love to read. 

So what is this book about? Well for starters it is a True Story and the first in a series to come, written by Annie Tipton. On sale now(at the time this review was written) for $4.49 regularly priced at $5.99.

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The story follows the life of Emma Jean Payne, EJ for short, a 10 year who is most often misunderstood and always up to something that is bound to get her into trouble, Living in the small town of Spooner, Wisconsin. She wants to explore the great Big! world when she grows up. Her little town is suffocating her personality, but she is only 10 and has a long while to wait before she can set off on her giant adventure. In the meanwhile she has to participate in things like a Christmas Pageant where she starts as the lead Angel. Boy oh Boy she was not happy about this at all. Think, pre-teenager rolling their eyes...
E.J. always seems to have her head up in the clouds, off on a great adventure. Some of her adventures include being a race car driver, starring in her very own circus, or opening a Salon. Where does she get all of these ideas from? Books of course. EJ Loves to read and often becomes the character when her mind wanders off. 

192 pages of her escapades are bound within the book of Diary of a Real Payne Book 1: True Story, but through her trials and tribulations of small town living she learns some very valuable lessons about Big things happening even in her little town of Spooner. 
This book teaches some very valuable insight through much laughter, keeping children and adults of all ages engaged and wanting to know what happens next. 
You can be certain this book is safe in content written from a Christian perspective. I love being able to hand my kids a book and not have to proof through it first, but we did choose to make this a family read aloud and I have to say I think I enjoyed it as much as my kids if not more. After all I am a big kid trapped in an Adult's  body, as we are all a child of God. Right? 

I love the aspect of this book of a child getting "lost" in the characters and plots of their books. There is so much adventure to absorb from books no matter if you are in a small town like EJ or a large city. You can go anywhere with a book. Sometimes I think with all of the hype of technology today that children are missing out on true adventure by simply curling up with a good book, and a cup of cocoa on a chilly day, or on the hammock under the tree on a hot Summer's day. You do not need electricity and cords or batteries to enjoy adventure and a book can go almost anywhere with you. If you want to get your kids excited about reading, or want to jumpstart that fire within them why not start with Diary of a Real Payne Book 1: True Story. 

 I am almost certain it will leave them wanting to know what happens next, and there is not long to wait as book 2 is coming in March of 2014, I know my kids are excited to keep on reading about EJ's adventures. The book 2 is called Church Camp Chaos in March 2014! My boys have spent countless Summer's heading off to Church Camp so they are already imagining what antics EJ doles out in the next book. 
This would make a great stocking stuffer as it is the perfect sized book for young kids to manage. I love rewarding my kids with new books, I am sure you could make this book even more special by picking it up and using to recognize an extra special someone in your life. 

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2 thoughts shared:

Annie Tipton said...

Jenn, thanks for your review! I'm so encouraged to hear about lots of families who are excited about EJ's adventures!

kewkew said...

Great review! Love this comment you made, "Think pre-teenager rolling their eyes!"