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October 14, 2013

Mitchell Goes Bowling coverMitchell Goes Bowlng by Hallie Durand, illustrated by Tony Fucile

Published by: Candlewick

Release date: September 2013

Ages: 3-7

Pages: 40

From the publisherOne 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. Pizza! Giant crashing noises! Special shoes! But as Mitchell picks up the biggest ball and quickly learns the word gutter, and when Dad does a little kick with his leg and earns a big X on the scoreboard, Mitchell starts to get peevish. How can Mitchell get a chance to do a steamin’-hot-potato-dance too? With wit, warmth, and comedic charm, Hallie Durand and Tony Fucile roll another strike with this tale of a lovably rambunctious child and his doting dad.

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.
My thoughts:
Did you know that October is  National Learn to Bowl Month?
And have you met the instantly lovable, high-energy, very typical four-year-old Mitchell?  If you missed meeting Mitchell in his debut,Mitchell Goes Driving, this is the perfect time to become acquainted.
I have a four year old. One very much like Mitchell, in fact.  A constant motion blur.  Interested in everything.  Full of questions.  Quick to laugh, and just as quick to stomp her feet in anger when things don’t quite go her way.  She is a constant source of smiles and entertainment. And also possibly some hair-pulling and deep breaths on my part.
I love how Mitchell’s dad accepts and embraces his son’s enthusiasm for life. When he realizes Mitchell has a knack for knocking him down…he takes him to the bowling alley.  Many important lessons are to be learned:
  • Stay away from the gutter
  • Kick your leg back for a little extra “oompf”
  • Then try kicking the other leg

Sometimes, you might do all of the above, and still be losing.  And that’s frustrating.  So frustrating that you might want to go home.  But it’s here that Mitchell learns something else.

Sometimes, (asking for) a little help goes a long way.

After reading Mitchell Goes Bowling, I was so bowled over (HA!) by Mitchell’s spirit, that I wanted you to meet him for yourselves.  So I asked him for a little interview, in which he answered a few questions in true Mitchell fashion:

Hi Mitchell!  My 4yo daughter has never been bowling, but I bet she’d love it!  What was the best part for you?

Knocking stuff down. And we winned.


Sometimes my daughter gets frustrated when things don’t quite go her way.  Has that ever happened to you?  

Ummm.  Not that I “can” remember.


 I think your dad sounds like a pretty special guy.  Besides bowling, what else does he teach you?

  To bring my mom her coffee.  And I can’t invite myself to somebody’s house.  They have to invite me.


I hear you also have a license!  I’m impressed!  Tell us about your “car”.  😉 

My car runned out of gas and put me in bed.


Any other adventures you’d like to have with your dad?  

Wrestling for real, not for joking. Catching crickets for my leopard geckos. And doing a cannon ball.  And I want to go to Austria and see a koala.


Thanks, Mitchell!


And in case you’re not already sold, how about an exclusive peek at some book art?

Interior from MITCHELL GOES BOWLING_copyright (c) 2013 by Tony Fucile

MITCHELL GOES BOWLING. Text copyright © 2013 by Hallie Durand. Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Tony Fucile. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.


How can you not fall in love with this guy?  We feel as if we’ve made a new friend at our house.


Want more of Mitchell?  Follow him on his blog tour!

Sat, Oct 5 Booking Mama http://www.bookingmama.net/
Mon, Oct 7 The Children’s Book Review http://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/
Tues, Oct 8 Susan Heim on Parenting http://susanheim.blogspot.com/
Wed, Oct 9 Sharpread http://sharpread.wordpress.com/
Thurs, Oct 10 There’s a Book http://www.theresabook.com/
Fri, Oct 11 Just a Little Creativity http://www.justalittlecreativity.com/
Mon, Oct 14 Once Upon a Story HERE
Tues, Oct 15 Geo Librarian http://geolibrarian.blogspot.com/
Wed, Oct 16 5 Minutes for Books http://www.5minutesformom.com/category/feature-columns/5-minutes-for-books/
Thurs, Oct 17 Kid Lit Frenzy http://www.kidlitfrenzy.com/
Fri, Oct 18 As They Grow Up http://www.astheygrowup.com/
About the Author:Hallie_Durand
Hallie Durand is the author of Mitchell’s License, now available in paperback as Mitchell Goes Driving, among other books for children. About Mitchell Goes Bowling, she says, “I love hanging out at the lanes with my crew, especially when I get a couple of Xs!” She lives with her family in Maplewood, New Jersey. To learn more, visit her website at http://www.halliedurand.com/.
About the Illustrator:
Tony Fucile is the author-illustrator of Let’s Do Nothing! as well as the illustrator of the Bink & Gollie series by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee. He has spent more than twenty years designing and animating characters for numerous feature films, including The Lion KingFinding Nemo, and The Incredibles. He lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay area.
Thanks to Candlewick and Blue Slip Media,  I have a copy of Mitchell Goes Bowling for you!  Just fill out the Rafflecopter below between now and October 28th for your chance to win!  U.S Residents and Canada residents only.

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18 responses to “Review: Mitchell Goes Bowling”

  1. Hallie says:

    Love your review. XXX

  2. We just read Mitchell Goes Driving last week, and we LOVED it! Can’t wait to read this one.

  3. Merry says:

    What a cute interview. Loved your speaking to Mitchell. He has lots of energy and loves bowling just like my boys! Sounds like a great book we would love to read!

  4. Pragmaticmom says:

    Sounds like a book for every boy out there including my own!

  5. Maria, I enjoyed your review of this book. I have two girls that preceded Oliver in establishing our home childrens’ library, so I appreciate being exposed to books that little boys would feel a special connection with. Also, your page layout is beautiful!

  6. Laura Zarrin says:

    I just love that book!!!

  7. tambo says:

    Thanks for the chance. My nephew would LOVE this!

  8. I have a 6 & an 8 year old and I think this would appeal to both of them.

    A great review! Thanks for sharing.

    PS. Please ignore my entry, I’m n Australia, sorry.

    • novalibrarymom says:

      Oh, bummer, Sharon, sorry! 🙁 Thanks for commenting, though! And definitely the perfect book for that age 🙂

  9. Freya Hooper says:

    I love Tom Fucile’s Let’s Do Nothing. One of my favorite picture books. I am looking forward to checking this one out.

  10. Stacy Couch says:

    Cute interview! Bubs always, ALWAYS wins. Think I entered raffle, just tech-impaired so not sure.

  11. Samantha says:

    Very well written 🙂

  12. Crystal says:

    Figured I’d stop by and check out this review. It looks like an adorable book!

  13. Clark says:

    What a cute book – and you know I love rambunctious 4yos AND Mitchells!

  14. Erica says:

    Love new books, for sure!

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