Book Review: The Misadventures of Michael McMichaels Vol. 2: The Borrowed Bracelet

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Misadventures of Michael McMichaels Vol. 2: The Borrowed Bracelet by Tony Penn

Published on August 22, 2016.

Goodreads Summary:
Michael McMichaels just HAD to one-up that Harriet Simpson! He couldn’t let her show and tell presentation about her mother’s mother’s (times seven) beautiful ring she got from a REAL prince be the best show and tell of the year! So what was he supposed to do? 

A timely visit to Grandma’s and a stealthy “borrowing” of one of her bracelets was going to be just the trick! Well, when coupled with an outlandish tale that got him and the borrowed bracelet featured on the local news! 

But what happens when Michael’s tall tale and borrowing without permission all come crashing down? Find out in this entertaining chapter book. 

My Review:
This chapter book series has a purpose. It’s illustrating bad decisions to help kids learn how to make the right decisions. This book is all about stealing and lying. Michael McMichaels is determined to have the best show and tell ever. He wants to beat his nemesis, Harriet, so he “borrows” his grandmother’s bracelet. He intends to return it the next weekend without anyone knowing. But as things start to go wrong, he realizes that he’s actually stolen the bracelet, and his lies are getting out of control.

I read this book out loud to my 6 year old, and we both enjoyed it. The book is entertaining and the message is subtle, so it doesn’t feel preachy. There are questions at the end of the book to prompt conversation, and I used some of them to discuss the parts of the book that we read each night. It took us 3 nights to get through the book.

There are illustrations on every couple of pages, but because I read to my son while he was already in bed, and he cannot see the drawings across the room without his glasses, I didn’t share those with him. He didn’t miss them, but they would add something to the story for slightly older children reading this book on their own.

We hadn’t read the first book in the series, but that plot is mentioned several times, so it may be helpful to read this series in order. I’d like to go back and read that book to get caught up before the next book is published.

My Rating: 4 Stars

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