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Laugh Out Loud

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Laugh Out Loud

Jimmy has a great idea. Like many kids, he wants to start his own business. But Jimmy doesn't want to set up a lemonade stand or anything kids usually wants to do. Jimmy's dream is much bigger than that: He loves writing stories and he has a notebook stuffed full of stories that have already been written and ideas for more stories. He wants to start a kids' book publishing company that is run by kids, with kids who write the books like he does, kids who illustrate the books, kids who print the books, and kids who sell the books. What could be better than that?

"This book is a very fun read, with Patterson's usual fast-paced writing style, and his special way of writing for kids. The illustrations by Chris Grabenstein are wonderful and add much to the text. "

Jimmy does everything he can to make his dream come true. He tells his friends about his idea and they are all very encouraging and very helpful. But they need grown-ups to really make this thing work. So, Jimmy talks to his parents. They are too busy with their own lives to pay much attention to him. He presents his idea to his teachers at school, and all but one of them give him negative feedback. The one exception encourages his dream. He then talks to the owner of a bookstore and a banker. They both shoot down his idea. Most kids would have given up by then --- but not Jimmy. No matter the obstacles, Jimmy does not completely give up on his dream.

This book is a very fun read, with Patterson's usual fast-paced writing style, and his special way of writing for kids. The illustrations by Chris Grabenstein are wonderful and add much to the text. Patterson also includes references to many different genres of books. Not only does Patterson "plug" his own books, he also makes references to R. L. Stine, Ronald Dahl and others. While I was reading it, it made me wonder: How much of this is autobiographical? Did James Patterson really have a passion for reading and writing stories when he was a kid? Did he really want to start a book publishing company for and by kids?

This is a great book for any kid who has a dream, especially those kids who are constantly being told by adults that they can't do something they really, really want to do. Patterson does a great job of encouraging kids to stick to their dreams and to find new ways to make them come true when their original ideas don't pan out.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on August 29, 2017

Laugh Out Loud
by James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein, and Jeff Ebbeler

  • Publication Date: August 28, 2017
  • Genres: Children's 9-12, Fiction, Humor
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: jimmy patterson
  • ISBN-10: 031643146X
  • ISBN-13: 9780316431460