Genre: Children’s Fiction
“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.”
The author of two books in the “Lionel’s Grand Adventure” series, Paul R. Hewlett is an Air Force vet.
For more, visit Mr. Hewlett’s website.
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.
Added for Reprise Review: Lionel and the Golden Rule was a nominee in the Children/Middle Grade category for B&P 2015 Readers' Choice Awards. Original review ran December 19, 2014
No significant issues.
Rating: ***** Five Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl with input from The Princess
Approximate word count: 10-15,000 words