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Welcome to Wonderland Books

In order from Home Sweet Motel to Beach Battle Blowout
Home Sweet Motel
Beach Battle Blowout
Home Sweet Motel
Home Sweet Motel
Beach Battle Blowout
chapter • 304 Pages
Home Sweet Motel
#1 in Series
Book #1

Home Sweet Motel

Written by Chris Grabenstein
8 - 12
Reading age
Page count
Apr 3, 2018
Publication date


“Outrageous hijinks and nonstop hilarity–five-stars!” –Lincoln Peirce, author of the Big Nate series From the bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and co-author with James Patterson of I Funny, House of Robots, and Treasure Hunters, comes a hilarious illustrated series about all the wacky things that happen when you live in a motel! Eleven-year-old P. T. Wilkie may be the greatest storyteller alive. But he knows one thing for a fact: the Wonderland Motel is the best place a kid could ever live! All-you-can-eat poolside ice cream! A snack machine in the living room! A frog slide! A giant rampaging alligator! (Okay, that last one may or may not be made up.) There’s only one thing the Wonderland doesn’t have, though–customers. And if the Wonderland doesn’t get them soon, P.T. and his friend Gloria may have to say goodbye to their beloved motel forever. They need to think BIG. They need to think BOLD. They need an OUTRAGEOUS plan. Luckily for them, Gloria is a business GENIUS, and OUTRAGEOUS is practically P.T.’s middle name. With Gloria’s smarts and P.T.’s world-famous stories and schemes, there’s got to be a way to save the Wonderland! BONUS: Includes fun extras like P. T. Wilkie’s outrageous (and sometimes useful) things you learn living in a motel. Installment 1: How to say “Help! The toilet is clogged!” in over twenty languages! Here’s What People are saying about Welcome to Wonderland! A New York Times Bestseller Sunshine State Young Readers Award List Winner of the Sid Fleischman Humor Award “Outrageous hijinks and nonstop hilarity–five-stars! Kids who check into this madcap motel will want to stay forever!” –Lincoln Peirce, author of the Big Nate series “So funny I fell off my bed!”–Izzy B., age 10 “Classic Grabenstein. The mystery should satisfy Grabenstein’s “Mr. Lemoncello” followers, and the humor and visuals will appeal to fans of his collaborations with James Patterson. This new series should be a hit.”–School Library Journal”A delight. P.T. is a hoot and a half. A funny, madcap dash. Grabenstein . . . threads in a mystery that blooms in the last act and that puts this particular read over the top.”–Kirkus Reviews “Charm galore. Easy and breezy, this well-paced novel . . . belongs in the hands of any readers wanting their bad guys bad, their good guys great, and a little of Wonderland’s promised fun in the sun.”–The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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businesshotels and motels

Welcome to Wonderland Series

Published from 2018 - 2020
2 books
chapter • 304 Pages
Home Sweet Motel
chapter • 304 Pages
Beach Battle Blowout
#4 in Series
20181Home Sweet Motel304
20204Beach Battle Blowout304

The Creative Behind the Books

    Chris Grabenstein

    Chris Grabenstein is the author of the New York Times bestselling Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics, The Island of Dr. Libris, and the Welcome to Wonderland series. He is also the coauthor of several bestselling series with James Patterson, including I Funny, Treasure Hunters, House of Robots, and Jackie Ha Ha. Chris lives in New York City with his wife, JJ, two cats, and a dog named Fred. Visit him online at, and follow him on Facebook or on Twitter at @cgrabenstein. Don’t miss the third Lemoncello adventure, Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race, coming in October 2017!

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