Mitchell Goes Bowling
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Mitchell Goes Bowling

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Battle on! Head to the lanes for another hilarious, high-energy story as four-year-old Mitchell and his obliging dad strike a winning deal.

Mitchell liked to knock things down.
That’s just how he rolled.

One Saturday, when Mitchell almost knocks down his dad, his dad catches him and puts him in the car. And when they step into the bowling alley, Mitchell feels right at home....more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Candlewick Press
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Barb Middleton
A great book for kids who are trying to learn something new and are frustrated. Four-year-old Mitchell goes bowling for the first time and is having a fun time but he really wants to knock down all the pins like his dad. He gets so frustrated he can't that he wants to leave. His dad suggests that they be on the same team and they toss the ball together.

Tony Fucile is one of my favorite illustrators. He makes me laugh so hard. One of my favorite pages is Mitchell blow drying his hands, then his...more
Richie Partington
Richie's Picks: MITCHELL GOES BOWLING by Hallie Durand and Tony Fucile, ill., Candlewick, September 2013, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-6049-9

"Just keep your eye on the ball, Barney boy."
-- Fred Flintstone, on his way to converting a 7-10 split

"More than 20,000 people are treated in emergency rooms each year from injuries suffered at bowling alleys, according to the U.S. Product Safety Commission.
"Injuries range from frequent bowlers suffering tissue damage to kids getting smashed by the heavy ball.
This book is awesome!!!!!!!!! Mitchell loves to knock things down so his dad introduces him to the sport of bowling. There's tons of details about the experience including the happy dances bowlers do when they score a strike.

I can't say enough good about this book! There's a great storyline featuring father and son, there's the way the father took a destructive behavior (Mitchell's affinity for knocking things over) and turned it into a constructive activity (bowling), there's the hilarious hot...more
Jason Slayton
I don’t care for series, but this is really good. Father and son get some quality bonding time together through bowling.
My two boys absolutely love it when my husband takes the kiddos to the bowling alley for an afternoon. It’s the perfect dad activity. And it’s no different for the character Mitchell, who wants to win the game but finds that by working with his dad (rather than competing against him) he can have even more fun.

Mitchell Goes Bowling shows the frustrations of not being the best at something as well as the silly fun kids often have with their dads. After all, who else would teach you how to do a ste...more
Mitchell loves to knock things down--whether it be wood blocks, a bowl of cereal or a stack of important papers. He's been a speed demon in the past but now he's a wrecking ball. What's a parent to do? Fortunately, his father has the right idea when he takes Mitchell to the bowling alley where his knack for knocking things down is just what's needed to win the game. Strike after strike, his father knocks down the pins, while Mitchell gets gutterballs. He throws, yells and even prays but his hand...more
I have been sharing this book with my elementary students this week and they have LOVED it! When I read it, I got to thinking that maybe our PE Department would have a bowling set we could use to have the kids try their hand at bowling themselves. They did and we've been having a blast! The kids can definitely relate to Mitchell's feelings of success and disappointment with every ball that he throws. Great story!
A few weeks ago, I was in a slump of just okay books. I thought it was me. Now this week I have had several books that I have rated high. Either the books have truly been great or truly dreadful or I just shouldn't judge books anymore.

I wanted to hate this book just so I could give a book 1 stars (It has been awhile) I wanted to rant and rave on how horrible this book was and how obnoxious the premise was...

However, it isn't the books fault that is was great! I loved the dad and son element, I...more
Readers first met the rambunctious speed demon Mitchell in Mitchell's License in which he "drove" his father to exhaustion. In this equally delightful book, Mitchell heads to the bowling alley with his father. He immediately loves its noises, sights, and smells, and he is able to put all his energy into throwing the bowling ball. But learning to bowl isn't easy, and despite his competitive nature, Mitchell just can't bowl a strike like his father. Readers and parents of young children will nod t...more
Stella Fowler
Mitchell's dad really gets him.

In the first book - Mitchell's dad was Mitchell's car to bedtime. Now, he's helping Mitchell get out all of his need to knock things down.

Because Mitchell's dad really gets him, I really like this book.
A cute book about a boy who likes to knock things down and his wise father who takes him to a bowling alley to avoid further destruction at the house. Mitchell is an adorable 4-year-old who takes to bowling like a whirlwind throwing gutter balls and sliding down the aisle in his efforts to get that magical X. Just when he is ready to give up his father saves the day and restores Mitchell's spunkyness. A fun read that made me laugh at the delightful illustrations which clearly demonstrate Mitchel...more
Mitchell is a rambunctious four-year old who loves to knock things down. When he almost a knocks his dad down, dad comes up with a plan. He picks Mitchell up and takes him to the bowling alley. Although Mitchell did not know where they were, he liked the place! It had colorful balls, smelled like pizza AND there were crashing noises! But, when he is not successful at knocking pins down, he is ready to give up. He wants to be like his dad who "got an X" and then another and then another. How will...more
The Library Lady
First of all, it's nice to have a book about going bowling for kids--don't think there are any other bowling stories!

This is perfectly pitched--and by that I am speaking of sounds/mood, not throwing a baseball! As in Mitchell's License, Durand's understanding of the emotions and feelings of a young child are spot on.
And best of all, Mitchell's dad gets things too--how to channel Mitchell's energies and how to handle his frustrations. Ms Durand is on a roll (sorry) with these characters and I hop...more
Having grown up in a bowling alley where my Dad was the proprietor, this book brought back soooo many memories. The images and words made me remember the sounds and smells that accompany the environment of the lanes. Mitchell's dad was quite clever, patient, and understanding, and Mitchell learned a very important lesson. Bravo to the author!
The illustrator gets kudos as well for capturing the scenes and expressions.
Most people are not familiar with candlepin bowling (that's the 'little' balls)...more
A great father-son story with humor and heart. Illustrations are animated and bring a well-told story to life.
ALA ALSC Notable 2014
Awwww. Adorable picture book about Mitchell. I may almost like it even more than him using his dad's head as a steering wheel...
Like the first Mitchell book, this story incorporates Mitchell's relationship with his dad. An amusing story and likeable duo.
Brandy Shark
A really cute and fun story with absolutely wonderful illustrations. I also love the fact that Mitchell and his dad have wild, curly hair.
Carol Royce Owen
Mitchell and his dad are back again. As Dad notices that Mitchell likes to knock things down he thinks of the best place for him to do that - the bowling alley. Mitchell loves the bowling alley, but he's a pretty competitive kiddo, so when he notices his dad getting lots of Xs and his own bowl often goes in the gutter or knocks just a few pins down, Mitchell gets jealous. And then when Dad gets to do a steamin'-hot potato dance Mitchell gets even more jealous. Maybe he doesn't like this game aft...more
I've been a fan of Tony Fucile since reading Let's Do Nothing several years ago. Once again, Fucile's illustrations bring energy and action to a terrific story line. One day, his dad invites four-year-old Mitchell--who lives to knock things down--to go with him to the bowling alley. Naturally, Mitchell feels right at home, but is soon discouraged when the all powerful strike eludes him. Durand's characters--both Mitchell and his steamin'-hot-potato-dancing dad explode off the page. Humor and ene...more
Natalie Pietro
My son really enjoyed screaming STRIKE with me every time the word was mentioned. Fun book for all ages.
I loved Mitchell for a long time. So of course I was happy to see he was back in this next book. So not only does Mitchell love to drive, he also loves to crash things. So Mitchell’s dad decides to do something about it. He takes him bowling where it is perfectly acceptable to crash things. Only Mitchell isn’t as good at is as his dad. And he is very frustrated. But, just like before Mitchell’s dad has come up with a great way to direct Mitchell’s energy…and it is a great solution. And there is...more
Mitchell is a spunky four year old who loves to knock things down. One weekend his father takes him to the bowling lanes. Although Mitchell loves the sights, sounds and smells, he isn't sure he likes to bowl when he can't knock the pins down as well as his dad. His father, though, is a good dad and suggests that they play on the same team. A wonderful story about a boy and his father!
For starters, I love that this kid is full of energy and uses modern vernacular. Add to that that he's from a mixed race family which is shown but not commented on and you can call it love. The illustrations look like hand-drawn animation stills, which makes me nostalgic in the best possible way. Can I also tell you how much I love that Mitch's dad didn't let him win and didn't suggest Mitchell switch to a lighter bowling ball? He let Mitchell make his choice and live with it until coming up wit...more
Mitchell knocks things down. That's just what happens when he's "doing his thing." Until one day, his dad introduces him to a sport where knocking things down is good; it's how you win! He almost gives up seeing how his score stacks up next to his dad's onslaught of X's, until something awesome happens...

This book is such a great, feel-good book that covertly teaches the lessons of practice and teamwork. Great for any child who may be interested in sports, who has a tendency of knocking things o...more
Rosemond Cates
Cute...and I love the celebratory dances!
Kristine Pratt
Loved this! A father and son book, something you don't see near often enough in picture books (as was pointed out in some of the other reviews). I love that they have a real positive outing, where there is honest and genuine interaction between the two, and the introduction to a good physical activity that little kids love (but find challenging). I'd pair this book with an outing to the bowling alley and watch the fun unfold. Great story! The illustrations are absolutely PERFECT as well. I want...more
So Cute!
This book is full of action and dynamic illustrations.
Even though I am not four, I feel Mitchell's pain. I, too, am much more likely to knock down three or four pins than to "get an X." I liked the solution that Mitchell and his dad came up with to make it better. I also like the solution that Mitchell's dad came up with to help his son who likes to knock things over. Good parenting, Dad!
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Hallie Durand began writing in 2007 and her first book, Dessert First, was published in 2009 by Atheneum / Simon & Schuster. There are two more books in this chapter-book series: Just Desserts and No Room for Dessert, all illustrated by Christine Davenier. Hallie's first picture book, Mitchell's License (retitled Mitchell Goes Driving for the paperback), was published in 2011 by Candlewick Pre...more
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