Friday, December 19, 2014

Lionel and the Golden Rule / Paul R. Hewlett

Reviewed by: BigAl with input from The Princess

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Approximate word count: 10-15,000 words

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The author of two books in the “Lionel’s Grand Adventure” series, Paul R. Hewlett is an Air Force vet.

For more, visit his website.


“Lionel is sick of his brother picking on him and of his mother yelling at him. One day, while cleaning the closet his mother has been after him about, he discovers not only boxes and old clothes, but a lucky charm with more magic than he bargained for. After an unusual encounter with his brother, Lionel knows things are about to change for the better.”


I drafted The Princess, my eleven year-old granddaughter, to read this book and give me a kid’s perspective to add to my own in writing this review. The Princess gave it high marks (a letter grade of A+) with the comment that she really liked it. She described it as having “a lot of fantasy” and a “moral about luck.”

I concur. It’s a fun read that should hit the sweet spot for its target audience (ages 7-10) with a lesson to be learned (I’d describe it as “be careful what you wish for”), that comes through clearly, yet doesn’t overshadow the fun of the story.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: ***** Five Stars


trialia said...

Just so you know, somehow drifted onto your old post about Jacqueline Howett for the first time today, and if you can believe it, she's still at it, still using the same Blogger page, and has not improved her English or her writing at all so far as I can see. The "concerned" people lambasting posters in the comments of your review of her book were rather off the mark - she doesn't appear to have changed her opinion of herself and her work, or even tried to improve. Sublime egotism... There was a black comedy made based on her self-immolation, and ye gods did she make a gigantic thing out of it. You should check out her posts on the subject, as she says a lot of crap about you in some of them. I still think you did right to post the review you did and be so honest in standing behind it.

BooksAndPals said...

Thanks, Trialia. I think I've seen those posts. I know she said the book had gone to an editor some time ago and, as of yet, doesn't appear to have been re-released.

Paul R. Hewlett said...

Thanks so much for reading my book, and for the kind words! Have a great New Year.

Paul R. Hewlett