Great true story about a 10 year old girl with a wild imagination! The book is great for 4-5th graders. As for the parents, it offers some activity ideas as well as interesting approach to reading Bible stories with kids.
Diary of a Real Payne Book 1: True Story by Annie Tipton is an EXCELLENT read-aloud. It is actually recommended for ages 8 12, but as we discovered, it was a fun experience for all of us. My boys were rolling with laughter, and even managed to learn a few things about how good their own life is, and how we never really know what others may be going through.
The stories are funny. The characters are true-to-life. The plot is engaging. I found it hard to put it down and I'm pretty sure the kids each read it at least twice before letting me have it back so I could write this review.
Diary of a Real Payne is written seamlessly between first and third person narrative...
So I guess you could say we recommend this book. Highly recommend. I love how the book features a little girl who is bright, funny, and not perfect. She makes mistakes, she gets annoyed with her little brother, but overall, she finds that her faith keeps her strong.
The faith aspect is not contrived or thrown in, but woven seamlessly throughout the entire book.
WE highly recommend this book to your family! We loved it as a read aloud to enjoy laughing together while we learned some great lessons about serving others.
...this book was awesome because it was a good read with humor and it allowed my daughter to read it knowing it was true to form. When she reads fiction books of similar genre she gets frustrated at the falseness and then doesn't want to finish the book. I can't say there was a part about this book that we didn't like!
A book for kids! And fun loving adults as well.
Parents that love each other, a family that laughs and has fun together, friends that take care of each other...what more could you ask for in a story? A lot of laughter! And THAT you will get in Diary of A Real Payne, True Story. Oh, and I may just have shed a tear or two at the end. I am a sucker for a sweet ending!
I can hardly wait for the next one to come out! I don't have a favorite part--I love it all! If I could change the book at all I would only make it longer. It is probably the best book I've ever read. Thank you, Mrs. Annie Tipton for letting me be the first to read it. I can't wait for number Two! I hope every single kid in the world could read it. I know they'd love it!
Annie Tipton did a great job capturing the thoughts of a ten-year-old girl in diary form. EJ is very relatable, and my Emma easily connected with this book. It was refreshing to be able to hand my daughter such a clean, wholesome book that she devoured.
I highly recommend reading this out loud with your family. Yes, the kids could read it alone, but we enjoyed the discussion and laughing at EJ's silliness together. I'm not normally a big "read out louder" but this one was worth stepping out of my comfort zone for.
I would definitely recommend the book to others becasue it was a lot of fun. I especially connected with EJ because like me she is 10 years old and uses her imagination a lot. She wants to be a lot of stuff when she grows up and imagines she's already doing those things. I do that in my own life too!
Written from a Christian perspective, author Annie Tipton does a wonderful job of weaving the underlying theme of family and grace throughout Diary of a Real Payne Book 1: True Story
. She reminds the readers that your family members, no matter how much they drive you crazy, are really important and are your biggest supporters.