Blog Tour: The Universe of Fair

Hello, hello! I'm happy to be a stop along the way of Peachtree Publishing's blog tour for the entirely-too-fun middle grades novel The Universe of Fair! Today I'll be featuring my review, and on Friday, swing back by to catch a guest post by Leslie Bulion. And you never know, there just may be a giveaway too. Also, for more blog tour fun, make sure you visit the main page over on Peachtree's blog. Emily has done a wonderful job lining up great bloggers and posts, and you don't want to miss any of the adventures.

The Universe of Fair
Leslie Bulion & Frank Dormer (illustrator)
Peachtree, 2012

Miller Sanford is eleven-and-a-half, and has been waiting on this day for a long, long time. What day? Why, Fair Friday of course! The day all schools and businesses close, and everyone in his little town of Holmsbury flock to the fairgrounds and enjoy a day "alone" before all the neighboring towns come. This year, Miller is striving to prove he is reliable and responsible enough to be on his own at the fair -- even going so far as to be nice to his little sister Penelope and her friends Andrew and Lou Ann. (And that should tell you something, ha!) Funny thing about being eleven-and-a-half though, things don't always work out the way you plan. Soon, Miller's fair plans are one big, huge, giant, tangled mess. Who knew that so much could go wrong in one day? Miller definitely gets a chance to show off his new, older, more responsible side.

Miller's day of misadventures is told in an easy, humorous, and oh-so-very realistic style. Miller's a bit of a science nut (physics, to be exact), and he spends a lot of time breaking down his surroundings and decisions into scientific parts. (It's actually eerily like the way my brother would look at life from a more naturalistic/biological perspective, so Bulion got the science-boy aspect spot-on!) And the loose black and white illustrations are perfect accents to the story. There's a little mystery, a lot of dramatic build-up, and some wonderful miscommunications. I loved the little kids too, and Miller's best friend Lewish -- who is glued to his video camera. All in all, The Universe of Fair definitely made me want to go spend a day at the Fair ... only, without quite so many mishaps -- even though everything worked out, I'd rather read the (admittedly comic) drama than live it.

Book provided by publisher for review.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds great! I think my kids would love to read this one! Thanks for the review and giveaway! :)