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Beach Party Surf Monkey

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Beach Party Surf Monkey

Welcome to Wonderland Series, Book 2
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From Chris Grabenstein, the bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and coauthor with James Patterson of I Funny, House of Robots, and Treasure Hunters, comes the second hilarious, fun-in-the-sun adventure in his new illustrated series about all the wacky things that happen when you live in a motel!

There's always something wacky happening when you live in a motel, and P.T. (named after P. T. Barnum, of course) has grown up at the world's wackiest! When word gets out that the hottest teen idols in Hollywood (plus current YouTube sensation Kevin the Monkey!) will be filming their next movie—Beach Party Surf Monkey—right in St. Pete's Beach, Florida, P.T. and his friend Gloria know that the Wonderland would be the perfect location. Now they just have to convince the producers!

But when things start to go wrong (crazed fans? missing stars?), it will take all of Gloria's business genius and P.T.'s wild stories to save the movie before both it and the Wonderland are all washed up!

BONUS: Includes fun extras like P.T. and Gloria's Famous Fact-or-Fiction Quiz: Movie Edition
From Chris Grabenstein, the bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and coauthor with James Patterson of I Funny, House of Robots, and Treasure Hunters, comes the second hilarious, fun-in-the-sun adventure in his new illustrated series about all the wacky things that happen when you live in a motel!

There's always something wacky happening when you live in a motel, and P.T. (named after P. T. Barnum, of course) has grown up at the world's wackiest! When word gets out that the hottest teen idols in Hollywood (plus current YouTube sensation Kevin the Monkey!) will be filming their next movie—Beach Party Surf Monkey—right in St. Pete's Beach, Florida, P.T. and his friend Gloria know that the Wonderland would be the perfect location. Now they just have to convince the producers!

But when things start to go wrong (crazed fans? missing stars?), it will take all of Gloria's business genius and P.T.'s wild stories to save the movie before both it and the Wonderland are all washed up!

BONUS: Includes fun extras like P.T. and Gloria's Famous Fact-or-Fiction Quiz: Movie Edition
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  • From the book 1

    Scary Tales




    "When you live in a motel," I told my audience, "you never know when your neighbors might be fiendish jewel thieves!"


    Like always, the whole cafeteria was hanging on my every word. Even the lunch ladies in their plastic shower caps had come out to hear what I'd say next. It was so quiet you could hear a straw squeak its way into a milk carton.


    " 'Was it dangerous?' you ask. Of course it was! Was I afraid? Ha! Never!"


    "How about when the tiger roared?" said my friend Gloria Ortega. "You looked pretty scared then."


    I ignored her and kept going.


    (That's one of the best things about being a storyteller. You don't have to put in all the details.)


    "So there we were," I said, "me and Gloria, tailing the two most wanted men in all of Florida."


    "The notorious Sneemer brothers!" added Gloria. "From Miami!"


    "But we weren't after the two thieves," I said. "Oh, no. We wanted the jewels they'd stolen from the Miami Palm Tree Hotel. Diamonds! Emeralds! Rubies! Cubic zirconias!"


    "That's not really a jewel," whispered Gloria.

    "Whatever," I whispered back.


    And then I amped it up for my big finish, which, by the way, is the most important part of any story. "That's where the race is won," Grandpa always says. "At the finish line!"


    It was time to give it everything I had.


    "We tracked those two banditos all the way to Tampa International Airport, where we saw them check a bag at curbside—an aluminum attaché case with a combination lock! They'd had it handcuffed to their wrists all day long. . . ."


    "And they just checked it at curbside?" asked Pinky Nelligan, one of my best buds, which means he should know better than to ask logical questions while I'm busy making stuff up.


    "It was their big mistake," I told him. "Every crook makes one. Some return to the scene of the crime. Some brag to the wrong people. Some check their loot with a baggage handler when they should've kept it chained to their wrists!"


    Pinky nodded. So did everybody else.


    "Anyway, Gloria and I saw the airline baggage handler put the metal briefcase on a cart."


    Gloria gave me a "We did?" look.

    It didn't slow me down.


    "We chased that cart into the terminal, where another airline worker tossed the briefcase onto a conveyor belt. It disappeared behind some black rubber flaps. So I jumped onto the conveyor belt, too!"


    "Didn't the security guards stop you?" asked Kate Mackenzie Williams.


    "Oh, they tried," I said with a grin. "But I'm slippery when I want to be. I wasn't going to let them catch me! Even though it meant I might end up in the cargo hold of a jumbo jet headed to Timbuktu!"




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    "So did you catch up with the briefcase?" asked Kate.


    "Oh, yeah," I said. "I followed it all the way out to the runway, where these two big dudes were loading up a plane. They wondered what I was doing riding on a conveyor belt with a bunch of suitcases. I told them I was a bounty hunter following a tip."


    "And they believed you?"


    "They did when I showed them my badge."


    I flashed a tin sheriff's deputy star, which has been crammed inside my wallet since forever. My grandpa used to give the badges away at our motel, the Wonderland, back when he had a ride-along train that looped through the parking lot. Masked...
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  • Chris Grabenstein is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics, and The Island of Dr. Libris and has coauthored numerous bestselling books with James Patterson, including the I Funny, House of Robots, and Treasure Hunters series and Jacky Ha-Ha. Chris grew up going to St. Petersburg, Florida, every summer and loved visiting roadside attractions like Gatorland, the fabulous Tiki Gardens, Weeki Wachee Springs, and the "talking mermaids" at Webb's City. You can visit Chris at chrisgrabenstein.com.
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