Saturday, February 24, 2018

Ben Franklin’s in My Bathroom! by Candace Fleming - OPTIONAL

Fleming, Candace Ben Franklin’s in My Bathroom! 264 pages. Schwartz & Wade Books (Random), 2017. $14. Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: G.

Ten year-old Nolan and his seven year-old sister, Olive, are trying to keep out of trouble so their mother can work through writer’s block on her next installment of the Bumble Bunnies series.  But then a mysterious package shows up on their doorstep that contains some sort of machine.  That machine brings Ben Franklin into their kitchen.  Ben seems delighted with all the latest and greatest gadgets, from toaster to toilet.  Nolan realizes that Ben must return to the past, but is thwarted by classmate, Tommy Tuttle, who just happens to be peering into the kitchen via periscope.  While Nolan tries to deal with Tommy, Olive and Ben take off through town on an adventure. 

Interspersed through the story are stories told by Ben Franklin in graphic novel format.  These are interesting, and are documented in the back of the book.  These segments save the book from being too cute and convenient.

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