Phillip Isaac Penn, who goes by the nickname “PIP,” shares a week of his error prone life where he seems to hear his name as more of a shout than anything else. He awakes to the sounds of his mother calling out, “Pip!”
Then dad chimes in with “Pip.”
And then sister yells at him “PIP!”
What is a young boy to do? Well, Pip has a unique way of learning from his mistakes, which he tends to let roll off his back. That is a good thing since even school is a battlefield for Pip. His teacher doesn’t believe what he says, his friends turn out to be only so-so friends yet Pip keeps bouncing back. He is a model of resilience.
On Monday Pip must deal with Bully Bart. On Tuesday he is sitting near Cheater Chaz. Wednesday brings Know-it-all Nell. Thursday doesn’t fair much better for poor Pip as Liar Lizzy becomes a pest. The end of the school week is spent dealing with the Stealing Stan. Oh, for the weekend, right? Not for Pip. On Saturday Con Man Cody shows up ad on Sunday it is Tattletale Tess. Through it all, Pip handles each and every kid sized problem like a pro.
This is an easy read and after reading the first chapter the end of the remaining chapers is predictable. Seven chapters long, each chapter tells a day in Pip’s life. At night Pip recaps his day, figuring out how he could have done better and resolving to do just that beginning the next morning.
Pip exudes a positive attitude, is resilient as most kids are, and sometimes Pip seems to even delight in the foils he gets himself into. This is a really good book for kids who are having some difficulty learning to read.. I think the predictable endings can give such readers the boost in confidence experience and practice (the repetitive endings), can often provide. This is a good story for those who have been fielding more mistakes than normal and need a little boost of confidence. Pip knows how to bounce back.