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Benjamin Piff und die Magie der Wünsche (The Misadventures of Benjamin Bartholomew Piff #1)

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Orphaned Benjamin Bartholomew Piff closed his eyes, blew out the candle, and wished with all his might. Soon after, sirens wailed all over the Wishworks Factory-Ben had followed every rule of birthday wishing to a T and had made the most dangerous wish of all...a wish for unlimited wishes.
Ben is delighted with his clever wish, until he learns that he has disrupted the fra
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Hardcover, 282 pages
Published January 2008 by Loewe (first published April 5th 2007)
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Alex
This book is about a boy, Ben, whose parents died in a plane crash. Now he is in an orphanage full of peopple who hate him. This is on his tenth birthday and he made his wish, unlimited wishes. To his surprise, his wish came true. There is a factory where wishes are made, and Ben's wish is over-loading the factory. The President of the factory has to find a way to make him stop wishing.
I connect this book to the series of unfortunate events. It connects because The main character(s) are both o
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Chad
I loved the premise of this book. The Wish Works factory was so clever and unique it propelled me through yet another story of a mistreated orphan. It was truly mind candy. I enjoyed this new world and all its familiar characters in a new setting (genies, fairies . . . etc). However, there were parts of the story that just didn't flow as well as I'd like. Perhaps the world was underdeveloped. There were details that though I didn’t hate, I found them less than enthralling (spider monkeys and the ...more
Courtney
I found the book to marvelously imaginative, and as I was of a younger age when I read it, the magical properties of such a book were entrancing. Though our main character Benjamin is a character one could follow along with, I found many other characters to be of more interest to me than he. Particularly Candlewick. He was my favorite. The Wishworks Factory had me wishing such a thing was real, and for a few years after reading I continued to blow out my birthday cakes in such a way that ensured ...more
Ariane
Kind of like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but with wishes rather than candy.
Maren
I want to give it just a little more than three stars. I enjoyed it and plan on reading the series and recommending it to my kids. However, it wasn't completely original and at times was too simple. In fact, after the first couple chapters I thought it was a complete rip-off/mash-up of Harry Potter and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (although it did improve as it went on). Poor orphan boy mistreated by caregivers (named Pinch and Roach of course), but then he stumbles upon a "wish" (golden ti ...more
Filo
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Tom Franklin
this book starts off with the clichéd "once loved boy now living in a heartless orphanage" but then quickly moves to a very interesting, unique take on wishes and the practical magic that is necessary to make some wishes come true. in fact, the world of the WishWorks Factory was so compelling i was willing to let go of my initial feelings of suspicion at the main character's predicament.

then the WishWorks Factory bit went on for so long that i had all but stopped caring about the main character
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Daniel
There were moments in this book that I found clever and even fun, but overall this book was tepid, uninspired.

I bought this book because the premise seemed real interesting -- a young boy makes the granddaddy of all wishes -- that he have an infinite number of wishes -- and because he did everything just right in the making of the wish, the wish came true, and of course, when a wish like that comes true, it wreaks havoc on those granting the wishes.

So, a good idea...what went wrong?

First, there'
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Kevin
As regular readers will know, I occasionally dip into children's and young adult fiction particularly fantasy. I find it is often imaginative and creative in a way that similar genres of "adult fiction" are not. And having been reading some more serious non-fiction, I decided to check out The Misadventures of Benjamin Bartholomew Piff. I had picked up the first volume, You Wish, at a library sale for a couple of bucks and decided to give it a read.

It was a quick and easy read, and entertaining i
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Alissa
I enjoyed the premise very much. The set up hit a lot of 'I've read this already' buttons, but I kept going. I enjoyed a lot of the wish factory world-building. I had fun with the characters and relationships. But I felt the end was rushed and a little confusing. Also, some of the world-building seemed inconsistent, especially at the end. Overall, a fun read, but the emotional points he was trying to hit fell flat for me.
Isabel
This book creates a whole new view for making your wishes come true. And it makes you think carefully about the next time you make a birthday wish! This book has creative and very cleaver ideas about how all the wishes one makes comes to life. I was skeptical at first when I saw the book and read the back of it when I was younger and didn't think of it too much back then. Only because when I reread the series four years later did I appreciate the book and its charm and I realized that though it ...more
Kyle Kimmal
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Amanda
I have to say the same thing as Kim - if I read this instead of doing the audio, I probably would have liked it more. I don't understand why an old British guy is narrating a story taking place in California. I did find the storyline to be original, but I still feel like the book was trying to be Harry Potter. That could be b/c of the narrator though. 2.5 stars
Rach Arthur
'This is a fantasy book, and so we're going to go on a quest to retrieve some sort of powerful artifact from an evil villain, because if we don't he'll take over the world and suck all the joy and happiness out of it by making everyone watch Meryl Streep movies.'

Which is a shame, because I was really enjoying it up until that bit. The introduction of the Wishworks factory was great, and the idea of startled children falling off their disappearing unicorns was priceless. But as soon as the Unlimi
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Trinna
Loved the idea of this chapter book. Mistreated orphan enters a world of wishes/curses at the factories that make them happen. The beginning was darling. The middle and end were drawn out and slow. Still, my grade school boys would enjoy this one!
Audra
The idea behind this book had a fun twist, and in a search for new material for a bored eight-year-old who hadn't been dazzled by anything since Harry Potter, I gave it a shot. Unfortunately, the story is inspired by Harry Potter (evident by the leading character, an orphan, the magical setting, and even the names of people and places, such as Leo Snifflewiffle and Pinch's Home for Wayward Boys - both very Potter-esque names), but doesn't go any further. The story-telling is clunky, and the foot ...more
Logan
Logan (almost 9) thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. The one odd thing about it is that the narrator is British, the orphanage is Dickensian, the characters have English, Scottish, or Irish accents, but half way through the book, you find out that it's all supposed to be taking place in modern day Los Angeles! Don't know why the author bothered to put that jolting fact in. Took us both right out of the story. We decided to ignore it and pretend it was in some English small town, which made a lot ...more
Amanda
The story seemed rushed. Some authors will add too much detail or ramble about topics, not Mr. Lethcoe. He just filled in the blanks as he went. Not a lot of details or explanations. The idea of the story is interesting. It just doesn't flow well. I had a hard time picturing what was going on most of the time. One of the most interesting things about the book is the notes at the bottom. He will mention something in the story, then make a note at the bottom with more detail. Such as when the auth ...more
Max  C.
My 4th book review is on "The Misadventures Of Benjamin Piff". i chose this book because it is a very interesting book, and has all weird things in it. in the beginning, ben is a tortured orphan at the orphanage. he makes a spectacular wish, having unlimited wishes. it comes true, and he gets tangled up all in wishes and curses.
This was a great book, and it taght me how to make the perfect birthday wish. this is cool because not only the book is good, but it makes you think. are there really b
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Nov 13, 2008 Lisa (Bookworm Lisa) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 8 and up
At a recent book fair, some people asked me about this book. I decided it was time to read it.

This is a very fun book. Benjamin Batholomew Piff is an orphan. His parents were killed in an airplane crash about a year earlier. Benjamin currently resides in the Pinch's Home for Wayward Boys. Of course, he is mistreated there. On his birthday he makes a wish for unlimited wishes. Of course, he uses these wishes to even help out his fellow orphans, but it causes havoc at the Wishworks factory. The pl
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Kimberly Russell
The audio was a little odd (a really old dude reads it). I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I had read it myself. Overall I really enjoyed. 3.5 stars
Kristin
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This is the best book I have ever read. I highly recommend this book because it feel like u r actuality in the book and you don't want to stop reading it
Kylie
Orphaned Benjamin Bartholomew Piff closed his eyes, blew out the candle, and wished with all of his might. Soon after, sirens wailed over the Wishworks Factory- Ben had followed every rule of the birthday wishing to a T and had made the most dangerous book of all...a wish for unlimited wishes.

Ben is delighted with his clever wish, until he learns that he has disrupted the fragile balance in the magical relm of wishes and cuses. Before long, Ben has been recruited by the Wishworks Factory preside
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Martha Brown
This book read like a cross between Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, The Wizard of Oz, and maybe a little Harry Potter thrown in too. Although the premise of what happens if your birthday wish for unlimited wishes comes true is interesting, there almost seems to be too much happening in the story for you to really care about the characters. Lethcoe has worked with Disney on stotyboards, and my daughter & I agree that the descriptions have such a complete visualness to them that this stor ...more
Ryan
This book started out awesome. It was original, had a Charles Dicken's feel to it, and I loved the person reading it. But somewhere into the second CD it seemed the author lost his spark. (The main character suddenly seemed selfish and uninteresting, the fictional world took a turn for the absurd, and the story floundered and eventually sank.) My apathy toward the whole affair grew exponentially until I finally had to stop midway through the third CD. This entire book was recorded on THREE CDs. ...more
Brittany
Benjamin Bartholomew Piff is a bit simple for my taste. Ages 5-10 should read this book. Or maybe it's just me and I'm used to reading older books than this. It is based on a boy named Benjamin who lost his parents in a plane crash about a year ago and ahs now ended up in a orphanage. There is a place called wishworks and curseworks. On Ben's birthday he has a single piece of cake that he isn't suypposed to have. He blows the candles out and wishs for the most dangereous wish of all, a wish for ...more
Andria
Similar to Artemis fowl or Charlie and the chocolate factory, maybe for slightly less mature kids. Very well written.
Alex
I highly recommend this book because it makes you want to never stop and it has great adventure
Duane
Ben makes a birthday wish and discovers he has brought the world in danger by releasing the power of unlimited wishes to mankind. Candlewick (the boss at the Wishworks Factory) must try to convince Ben that he needs to unwish his wish or kids everywhere won't be able to get their wishes. If you like "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", then this book should please you. I have to be honest and say that as an adult, I found the book very dull but I can say as I child you'll probably find it intere ...more
Lyd Stew
What a creative little story! It was like Jonathon Strange for kids (and much more enjoyable in my book). I loved the descriptive writing. Phrases like "he had a smile that didn't quite reach his eyes". There were several others that caught my attention, I wish I could remember them all. I'm excited to find out there are two more books in the series. This one wasn't a big cliff hanger either, so I actually didn't know there were more until I just started looking. I listened to the book, and I LO ...more
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