As a mom who enjoys a good book, I am thrilled that my boys love to read. Sometimes they like thick books that border on adult, but other times they enjoy something a little lighter. Diary of a Real Payne Book 1: True Story from Barbour Publishing which we received to review is one such light-hearted book.
About Diary of a Real Payne Book 1: True Story
Diary of a Real Payne showcases young EJ Payne as she is recording her thoughts and feelings about living in the small town of old Spooner, Wisconsin. Along with sharing what is happening in daily life, she shares her dreams of leaving Spooner behind to do ‘big’ things as an adult. Throughout the pages, you will find plenty of things to laugh over as EJ Payne’s spunky personality comes through along with descriptions of well intentioned antics. Humor and memorable life lessons permeate the pages of this start of a new series.
This book geared primarily for ages 8 to 12 is written by Annie Tipton and retails for $5.99 (although it is currently on sale for $4.49 through Barbour Publishing’s site.
Our Thoughts on Diary of a Real Payne Book 1: True Story
This title is not one that left the boys asking me when the next book would be out and could we get it. Instead, they had mixed reviews for me. The 13 year old read it quickly and said he’d not be interested in reading more from the series. My 10 year old said the book was okay, but not one he’d seek out at a later time. Hearing their comments reinforced to me that the primary audience of 8 to 12 years old with some situations potential seen as too childish by someone entering the teen years.
From a parent’s perspective, I liked that this title could be light-hearted without having kids who were perennially disrespectful of their parents and other adults. That underlying theme of disrespect is something I’ve seen in some popular mainstream titles with the ‘diary’ or quirky feel. I love having options where the fun and quirkiness can be present while presenting positive life lessons without tearing people down. Many thanks to Annie Tipton for writing such a book and I hope the series will be well received by kids and parents alike.
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