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One Mixed-Up Night Hardcover – September 5, 2017
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“A hilarious, hair-raising page turner, and an iconic portrayal of best friendship. It will be a long, long time before Frankie and Walter decamp from my heart.”—Suzy Becker, author of Kate the Great
“A dazzling debut by an author that we will hopefully be hearing much more from in the future. “
– Cammie McGovern, author of Say What Your Will and A Step Toward Falling
“Readers will revel in Frankie and Walter's cathartic romp and learn much about grief, family, and friendship along the way.” – Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Catherine Newman is the author of the acclaimed memoirs Catastrophic Happiness and Waiting for Birdy, as well as a columnist for Real Simple Magazine. This is her first book for children. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with her husband, kids, cat, friends, and books. Visit her at www.catherinenewmanwriter.com.
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The author does a great job of incorporating some pretty profound observations on grief and loss into this silly story of friendship. When Frankie talks about the loss of Walter's sparkle you know exactly what she means and it's great to see Walter regain his "Walterness". This is a nice read for the 8-12 age group even though the ending fell rather flat for me as there didn't seem to be many consequences for our beloved duo for some well-intentioned but ultimately pretty irresponsible actions. Still a recommend for young readers, especially those with a fondness for IKEA that I will confess is totally beyond my understanding.
Walter has been off his mark for a few months. Frankie has been unable to get to the hottom of whatever is going on. Since they both love IKEA, they decide to run away for a night. They give each other alibis by saying they are staying overnight at the other's house. With their backpacks, off they go. The problems are discovered, but not before all the fun that is to be had at IKEA is had.
What a remarkable book. The writing was perfect for 10-12 year kids and for the adults who live with them. This did not take long for my grandson to read, nor for me. He wanted a continuation of the story, and maybe that will be forthcoming. IKEA has a big PR deal here, wonder if they will do anything with it? Start an overnight stay at IKEA for kids, oh what fun!
Recommended. prisrob 07-20-17
The two, Frankie (a girl) and Walter plan an overnight stay at the store and have a lifetime of different adventures and reveal their secrets to each other.
This not telling you much of what happened, that is for you to discover but one of the best things things in this book is that the author lets the kids think about the consequences and also discuss some very serious topics in their lives. The writing is spot on but I loved reading the thoughts of the kids.
But you need to understand. She loves Ikea. On a rainy day, when I want to get her out of the house, she likes going to Ikea, sitting on every chair, every sofa, mentally redecorating her room, and shopping for toys. And, of course, she loves the food.
And as she's told me about a dozen times, the book mentions the meatballs.
I read the book as well. Aside from all things Ikea, the book manages to be both a funny and touching adventure. Books dealing with the death of a parent are especially hard for my daughter, but she ended up loving this book. The grief was handled well - touching without being so depressing she couldn't read it.
My daughter would like to read more from this author in the future!
While filled with fun what ifs and a lot of kid-appealing adventure, this doesn't say away from the larger, more serious issues, that drive Frankie and Walter to want to hide out in the first place. Sweet, touching and silly enough to draw middle grades in quickly, this can't quite compare to the Met adventures from the original, but it's a worthy spiritual successor for a new generation. My 10-year-old loved it.