Welcome to Wonderland:

Home Sweet Motel

Book 1

The Smartest Kid in the Universe by Chris Grabenstein
Middle Grade (8-12)
Random House, 2016

ISBN: 9780553536058


Welcome to Wonderland

Home Sweet Motel

Book 1


A New York Times bestseller • Winner of the Sid Fleischman Humor Award from the SCBWI • Winner of the Denise McCoy Legacy Award for Humor


Eleven-year-old P. T. Wilkie may be the greatest storyteller alive. But he knows one thing for a fact: the Wonderland Motel is the best place a kid could ever live! All-you-can-eat poolside ice cream! A snack machine in the living room! A frog slide! A giant rampaging alligator! (Okay, that last one may or may not be made up.) There’s only one thing the Wonderland doesn’t have, though—customers. And if the Wonderland doesn’t get them soon, P.T. and his friend Gloria may have to say goodbye to their beloved motel forever.

They need to think BIG. They need to think BOLD. They need an OUTRAGEOUS plan. Luckily for them, Gloria is a business GENIUS, and OUTRAGEOUS is practically P.T.’s middle name. With Gloria’s smarts and P.T.’s world-famous stories and schemes, there’s got to be a way to save the Wonderland!

BONUS: Includes fun extras like P. T. Wilkie’s outrageous (and sometimes useful) things you learn living in a motel. Installment 1: How to say “Help! The toilet is clogged!” in over twenty languages!


“A delight. P.T. is a hoot and a half. Refreshing. Endearing. A funny, madcap dash.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“The mystery should satisfy Grabenstein’s Mr. Lemoncello followers, and the humor and visuals will appeal to fans of his collaborations with James Patterson. VERDICT This new series should be a hit.”
—School Library Journal

“Charm galore, as well as heart to match. Easy and breezy, this well-paced novel… belongs in the hands of any readers wanting their bad guys bad, their good guys great, and a little of Wonderland’s promised fun in the sun.”
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


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