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The Pink Motel Paperback – April 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (April 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068971677X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689716775
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,283,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Carol Ryrie Brink was the author of many books for young readers, including Caddie Woodlawn's Family, the companion volume to Caddie Woodlawn, and Baby Island.

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It's an unbeatable book for kids this age!
a teacher
Read this book as a child and found out that it was one of the favorite books of my daughter that I read to her as a child.
T. Wertz
Pink Motel was a kid's book when current 50-somethings were children...I'e. the Mad Men days.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Dale Hrabi on April 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
This was my favorite book as a child in the '60s. I recently re-read it and realized why: the key theme is the acceptance by the conventional of the "Unusual." The narrow-minded vs. the open-minded. The extremely narrow-minded parents balk at the "unusual" color of the pink motel, and declare that they will paint it "gray or brown or white" as soon as possible. The children, more open-minded, love the color of the motel and actively seek out the unusual. Of course, by the end, even the parents have loosened up under the spell of the Pink Motel, and somewhat nervously accept the Unusual.
It's clear to me that one reason children embrace this story is that it reassures them that there might be a place for them in the world, no matter how unusual they are: i.e. adopted, too bright, extremely isolated, gay, or the "wrong color" (depending on where they're going to school).
Beyond that, it's just a terrific story, swiftly told, with great illustrations. The weather-vanes are especially charming.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By K. Failor on September 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
Like others, I received this book when I belonged to the Weekly Reader Bookclub as a 4th grader. It is the first real novel I ever read and it gave me a love of reading that has lasted about 45 years. The easy fantasy, fun chatacters and secret of Uncle Hiram have lasted that long in my heart. I read this book 10 times, literally, before I ever read another novel. When it came as a book club selection even the hardback was pink!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
The Pink Motel was my favorite book in elementary school. That was back in the days before the Internet was so widely known and used, and therefore I never thought I could BUY the book. I would check it out from my school's library and try to painstakingly copy it by hand into a notebook. I gave up after a chapter or so. As an adult, I had to buy this book for nostalgia. I think the appeal for me is that it sets my imagination on fire...what an exciting book full of eccentric characters. I highly recommend this book!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By sally smith on February 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
As a girl, I loved this book!

Still love it. I have my hardback on my shelf, in it's pinkness, no dust jacket. Magical. The author, Carol R. Brink, also wrote "Baby Island," another favorite.

Read this a few times, as a kid, and always wanted a Pink Motel of my own. Just the other day, I told my dear Norman, Hunny, let's up and move to Florida, buy a little motel, paint it pink, and have each room different.. just like the book! Palm trees and white sand beaches are calling.. especially since it's been 20 degrees here this week, and miserable!

An adventure for kids. All my daughters read my pink copy. Buy it. Read it. You'll love it too.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Etc. VINE VOICE on October 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
What a magical book! The Mellon family inherits The Pink Motel on the Florida coast and moves down for the summer to run it. There they meet an assortment of regular guests and find some new ones. The children, Kirby and Bitsy, make friends with a local boy named Big and revive a bored girl guest named Sandra. Secrets, mysteries, alligator chasing, coconuts, wonderful treats from Miss Frith's basket, and some very, very valuable dog guests make for a lively and engaging story. For 1951, the integration between white and black children is natural and straightforward. This is the kind of book I would like to write. I sure enjoyed reading it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "debvanv" on May 23, 2001
Format: Turtleback
As a third grader in Minnesota in 1958, this book made Florida seem like the most exciting and exotic place in the world. The ensuing mystery that evolves with the inheritance of an old motel, the discovery of the odd guests that come to stay there and a mysterious alligator make it memorable. The two curious kids who lead very ordinary lives back home, keep looking for adventure at every turn in the story to make this vacation one to remember. A delightful tale that every summer vacation should live up to! The book was a childhood classic to me and when I moved to Miami, FL in 1986, every side trip to Sanibel, Captiva, Key West, etc. required extra time searching for the original site of The Pink Motel. I wanted to see (or imagine) the setting of the book that gave me such enjoyment.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scubafiend on July 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
When I was young I read this book and it shaped my whole view of Florida. As a result, I ended up settling there. I don't have my own Pink Motel, but that magical place is still in my mind and heart even as I drive across the bridge to work in the morning.

A few years ago I sat across from a friend at dinner and was trying to explain my view of Florida. I started by saying "I read this book as a child and it made me want to live in Florida". Before I got any further she said "The Pink Motel" and I almost fell out of my chair. It was her favorite too. It's hard to explain but when reading this book, even today it sill evokes white sands, palm trees in the breeze, brilliant pink buildings against the blue of the gulf. Magic.

My hardback edition holds a treasured spot on my bookshelf and in my heart that no other book can replace.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By a teacher on April 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have always hesitated to classify a book by grade. It seems so limiting, both of the book and of the children who like it. But when every single fourth grader I know who has read this book tells me that he or she LOVES it, I have to rethink my position. This is not an easy age when it comes to reading -- I have taught nearly 200 nine-year-olds at this point, and the majority of them have been very picky readers. Somehow the combination of gentle adventure, a hint of mystery, wonderful characters and manageable excitement is simply magical. It's an unbeatable book for kids this age!
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