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The Misadventures of Phillip Isaac Penn

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Pip is always finding himself in the middle of some kind of trouble, and no wonder Every day of the week, there are dirt clods to dodge, liars to expose, and dirty cheats to foil. Plagued by problems, Pip somehow manages to figure out a few things that maybe just maybe will keep him out of hot water. Hey, it's not easy being a kid
Hardcover, 85 pages
Published June 8th 2011 by Bonneville (first published June 1st 2011)
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May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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This book told about a boy named Phillip Isaac Pen. Everybody called him Pip. Those three letters was a stand for his full name. He disliked it but has no way to change it. The setting took place in his house and school. It was told from his point of view, started from Monday to Sunday. Seven days that was not easy for him. He has tried his best to avoid something that people called as trouble. But everything turned into something different. All things he
Kay Curtiss
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
"It was just another day when my ears were hurting from too many people shouting "Pip!" Yeah, it was Wednesday morning, and this time it was my dad who was hollering at me. . . ." So starts another day in this delightful story, about a boy, nick-named Pip, who is so typically "all boy." The Misadventures of Phillip Isaac Penn by Donna L. Peterson, follows the life of Pip on a "typical boy week" with antics that any mother or dad of boys and sisters of little brothers could easily relate to and w ...more
Maxine Mathew
The MIS-Adventures of Phillip Isaac Penn follows a regular week in Phillip Isaac Penn’s life, who is better known as Pip. Try as he might Pip is unable to stay out of trouble. Every day of his life, some adult or the other seems to be screaming their heads off at him for something which he never meant to do intentionally. The humorous narrative of Pip takes us through the daily challenges faced by him as a kid in the unfair world ruled by adults. Though he never purposefully brews trouble, at th ...more
May 03, 2011 rated it liked it
The Misadeventures of Philip Isaac Penn follows Pip through a typical week. Each day usually starts the same way, with someone yelling PIP! You see, Pip is a typical young boy, getting into trouble and annoying his older sister but in that clueless way that boys often have. What is so wrong about cleaning the glue off his mom's hairdryer by washing it in the tub?
As we follow Pip's daily adventures I found myself wanting to defend Pip more and more. Sometimes Pip was in the wrong but more often t
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
From the back of the book:

"Friday morning my sister, K.D., was shouting something about her hair gel being all over the countertop. My Mom wanted to know why the baking soda was sprinkled around the sink and why it was foaming up and smelled like vinegar. Then my dad asked me why his shaving cream was all over the bathroom mirror.

Whether it's pop quizzes and peanut butter, or model glue and flying stew, being good is just awful hard sometimes! Everybody calls Phillip Isaac Penn, Pip, although us
Jasmine Marie {#thebookishmama}
For a full review, please check out my review at the bookish mama.

This is a story that follows a week in the life of Phillip Isaac Penn, otherwise known as "Pip." Each chapter is one day of his life. He is a very misunderstood boy and seems to always be in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is accused of all kids of mayhem, but he always seems to have good intentions.

The character Pip reminds me a lot of Luke Dunphy on the TV Show, Modern Family. He seems a little ADHD and everyone around him
Pam Torres
Apr 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Release Date: June 14th, 2011

About The Book: Everybody calls Phillip Isaac Penn, Pip. And usually they yell it at the top of their lungs. Sure he might forget to close the classroom mice's cage door, or leave his Mother's hair dryer in bathtub (hey, it's unplugged), and he might even make it so that Liar Lizzy gets caught, but that doesn't make him bad. It's just not easy being a kid.

First Line: Hello, my name is Pip. Please don't
Apr 21, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was super cute, although I'd probably aim it at middle grade readers or much lower YA. Pip is a character that will speak to a lot of kids out there, since he's always being blamed for everything. Isn't that how all kids feel? See, Pip isn't a bad kid, he's honestly just curious. It's the adults and his bossy older sister that don't understand him. Sometimes it's just tough being a kid.

That's Pip's mantra as you navigate the book with him. I loved seeing things from his point of view,
Sue Morris
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Phillip Isaac Penn, who goes by the nickname “PIP,” shares a week of his error prone life where he seems to hear his name as more of a shout than anything else. He awakes to the sounds of his mother calling out, “Pip!”

Then dad chimes in with “Pip.”

And then sister yells at him “PIP!”

What is a young boy to do? Well, Pip has a unique way of learning from his mistakes, which he tends to let roll off his back. That is a good thing since even school is a battlefield for Pip. His teacher doesn’t belie
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Phillip Isaac Penn has been known as Pip since he was born, all thanks to his sister K.D. who has a thing for initials. Unfortunately, Pip has a knack for getting into trouble. Every day of his life. If he's not being yelled at by his parents or his sister, it's his teachers that are pointing out his errors.

The Misadventures of Phillip Isaac Penn by Donna Peterson is all about Pip's troubles throughout one particular week. There are seven chapters: one for each day of the week. Each chapter has
Peep (Pop! Pop!)
Cute story. It really upset me that everyone seemed to have it out for Pip, especially Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Ray. They came off as the type that didn't like kids. In my opinion, if you don't like kids you shouldn't be a teacher! And for goodness sakes stop yelling at him.

Pip wasn't even bad. He was just more curious than anything. His parents should have seen that instead of accusing him all the time. If you see your child keeps breaking things because he wants to know how it works, maybe it'd be
Neveen Badr (Seraphina Reads)
My Review;
"Very enjoyable and educational book not just for children but also for parents."

-This book is about a whole week with a kid named Phillip Isaac Penn or PIP & the troubles around him that he always get blamed for even if 5% of them are not his mistake.

-When I was as PIP's age I felt like him; that every little creativity or little spontaneous act of mine turns to be a huge problem. Adults can put a lot of pressure upon children without knowing that guiding your childe is better th
Literary Wonders
May 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Date: 5/24/11
Title: The Misadventures of Phillip Isaac Penn
Author: Donna L. Peterson
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: 978-1-59955-893-6
Pages: 85 pages
Publisher: Bonneville Books/Cedar Fort, Inc.
Cover: Advanced Reader Edition e-book
Reviewer: Yolanda M. Johnson-Bryant– Literary Wonders!
Rating: 4 Stars

If it wasn’t for bad luck Phillip Isaac Penn would have none. In the Misadventures of Phillip Isaac Pen by Donna L. Peterson, Phillip, affectionately known as PIP, just can’t seem to catch a break.
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderfully entertaining story about a week in the life of a young boy who seems to spend most of his time getting into trouble. It is a story that will have all adult readers remembering at least one young man they have known. Pip, as everyone calls him, seems to radiate trouble which just compounds upon itself. The descriptions of Pip's feelings about the situations he gets himself into are great. I love how he seems to "get" a lesson of some sort out of each day and still end it wit ...more
Norma Wright
Jun 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Mis-Adventures of Phillip Isaac Penn, known to his family and friends as Pip, is a great book for elementary school boys. I read this to my 5 and 9 year old grandsons. They loved it. It is the story of a boy who seems to stay in trouble but at the end of the day not only does he learn from his mistakes but he is also able to make his case that he didn't really do everything he was accused of doing. The reason I liked this book was each chapter is a day of the week and can be read one chapter ...more
kelly Fuller
Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Phillip Isaac Penn, or PIP, is one unlucky kid. Bad luck just seems to follow him everywhere. I mean, it's not his fault that he left his mother's hairdryer in the bathtub (unplugged, of course.). And he couldn't help getting peanut butter all over his sister's Ipod. How else are you supposed to remove gum?

Poor Pip navigates us through his day, starting each chapter with someone screaming his name: his sister, his mom, his dad, everyone is always mad at him for something. He tries to be good, b
May 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was adorable. It follows a week in the life of Phillip Isaac Pen, or Pip. He's your typical young boy, always getting into trouble. Sometimes he's innocent, sometimes he's not. He is always fun though. Each chapter begins a day, often with Pip already getting into trouble before the day begins. Each chapter also highlights a particular person causing Pip trouble.

I had fun reading this, remembering what it was like to grow up with brothers. Pip may get into trouble, but he always means
Jun 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: egalley
3.5 stars

Full review and giveaway links here:

Poor PIP just can not catch a break in life! Author Donna Peterson describes his antics in a chapter for each day of the week. Every morning he wakes up with someone calling his name and as the hours go by he winds up in all kinds of trouble with his teachers, classmates and at home. This enchanting read for first graders and up addresses cheating, bullying and respect for other people's property. It shows how
Reading Vacation
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Phillip Isaac Penn (aka PIP) has a saying “It’s not easy being a kid.” PIP should know, because he’s a kid and it seems that nothing comes easily for him. Even when he thinks he's following the rules, something always messes things up. Poor PIP.

The Mis-Adventures of Phillip Isaac Penn is set up with each chapter being a day in a typical week for PIP. Let me just say that PIP’s typical week is anything but boring. Every single day finds PIP involved in a hilarious incident with a bumbling charact
Book Twirps
May 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Pip (Phillip Isaac Penn) can't catch a break. It seems like everything he does is wrong, and boy is he tired of hearing everyone yell his name. If it's not his mother, father or sister K.D., then it's his teacher Mrs. Ray who is on his case. How was he supposed to know he shouldn't try to wash the glue off his mothers blow dryer by putting it in the bathtub, or use peanut butter to get the gum off his sister's iPod speakers, and why can't he change out his dollar bill in the church collection pl ...more
Mariah Gerlach
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
Loved! This book is so cute. Phillip Isaac Penn (PIP) is your typical elementary school kid who really doesn't try to get in trouble, it just seems to happen. Follow him through a week of adventures that are completely not his fault and laugh out loud at the misadventures that are inevitably going to land him in time-out.

This book reminded me a lot of life at my house growing up with 3 little brothers. It makes me wonder if they did all the stuff I got mad at them for on purpose or not.
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Very cute read about a young boy who tries, with mixed results, to be good. Short, amusing chapters and a likable protagonist make this a good choice for reluctant readers. Full review to follow at
Jun 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review to come
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Apr 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
My first thought when I read this book was "finally, a boy version of Junie B". I have three sons, and it is wonderful to get a book where the main character is a precocious boy.
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love this little book! What a fun adventure for anyone who is (or has ever been) a kid!
Jun 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
I received this book for free through Goodreads giveaways and we really liked it. It's a fun story about school, relationships, and examples of good and bad behavioral choices. We follow a young boy named Pip through the week and he shares his experiences with different children, many of whom display mean, know-it-all, or bullying behaviors.

Overall, it's an interesting story and provides an educational lesson for children, too. I think this would be a valuable book in a classroom; teachers coul
Erin Thomas floyd
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
We were lucky enough to run into the author randomly on vacation. And randomly have a 7 3/4 year-old son that is really into chapter books, so these are right up our alley. We just finished this book and have moved onto the next (Pip Goes to Camp). Each chapter starts/ends so you could read them out of sequence if you wanted. There is one super cute picture within each chapter that my son really wanted to see (of course he likes the pictures). I highly recommend this book for any kid, young or o ...more
Aya E.
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav-kid-ish-book
To be honest. i didnt exaactly like this book. It definiely intended for a young audience ages ranging between 7-8.

This book was about a kid who always gets in trouble. So if ur a trouble maker this book is for you.

Over all i didnt really like this book mostly cause it was to kid-ish for me. but if u were like 7 years old i would reccomend it. I also think the drawing were really cute.
Stephanie Hobbs
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
The girls and I read this book in about 3 sittings. They really liked the story but it's probably more suited for 6-9 year olds. We are related to Donna Peterson, through marriage, so I had to read it aloud to my girls since we have a family connection to the author. ;) It's a fun read! Good job Donna!
Angela Hunter
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Pip was easy to read. My kids and I related to all of his adventures or misadventures. We were able to talk about honestly, ease dropping and how important it is to do your homework yourself. These issues were presented in a way that made us laugh. In all honesty it's just not easy being a kid. I also purchased extra copies of this book to share with family and friends.
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