Leslie Bulion, (author) Frank W. Dormer (illustrator)
Miller Sanford's parents think he's too young to explore the annual town fair alone with his best friend. Hopeful that this year they will reconsider, Miller works extra hard to be nice to his little sister Penny and her friends.
When his mother can't attend the Fair and his father has to cover her volunteer booth hours as well as his own, Miller ends up with more responsibility than he can handle. Instead of enjoying a freewheeling day on his own, he is drawn into a series of mishaps involving a string of tagalong first graders, his dad's prize-worthy lemon meringue pie, flying death heads, a giant jack-o'-lantern, and his ill-fated science fair project.
Frank Dormer's kid-friendly illustrations enliven the pages of Leslie Bulion's lighthearted take on growing-up and learning to be responsible. Realistic middle-grade fiction with a whimsical hint of mystery and ghost story.
Cartoon sketches every few pages add humor. A fun read for children who love fairs and for those with a scientific bent. Grades 3-5. --Suzanne Harold
“Dormer’s occasional drawings add a sense of quirky humor to the story. Bulion’s book is simply told, in realistic kid language”