Dewey Fairchild, Parent Problem Solver, by Lorri Horn (2017)

Contemporary Fiction
9-12
Dewey Fairchild, Parent Problem Solver, by Lorri HornWherever there are parents, there will be problems for their kids. Bedtime too early; overprotective mums, embarrassing dads – whatever the issue, Dewey Fairchild can help. When Dewey finds success solving his friend Seraphina’s problem, he opens a business helping his Grade 5 classmates with a gamut of grown-up griefs. Things get so busy he recruits his neighbour and long-time (really, really long-time!) family friend Clara to help as an assistant. She is organized and bakes the best cookies, which she shares generously with clients and staff alike. Young readers will laugh out loud at the problems Dewey gets to solve, and enjoy his research-intensive approach to figuring out how to resolve matters for his friends. But what will Dewey do when he is blindsided by his own Dad? This book is a lot of fun, well written, and has the right amount of gross (a nose-picking dad) to appeal to this age group. Dewey’s friends are an appropriate ethnic mix for today’s world, though I would not consider this a multicultural book. The dialogue is authentic, and the plot generally realistic, though a medical solution for one problem seems a bit of a stretch for the adult reader. The tech is up to date, with cellphones, picture sharing, and GPS all playing key roles in the kids’ adventures. An excellent choice for readers ready to move up from Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid series. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a sequel! My thanks to Amberjack Publishing for the advance reading copy provided through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
More discussion and reviews of this novel: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34028307
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