Dewey Fairchild isn't just good with parents, he's great with
them. He's so good at handling parents that he's built a thriving
business out of it. He even has a secretary, Clara―a great alibi and an
even better baker. Dewey settles the most troublesome of cases, from an
overprotective mom who won't let her child go to class on her own, to a
dad who can't stop picking his nose any chance he gets!
has no problem handling other people's parents, but when he overhears
his parents talking one day, he faces a challenge he never expected.
Dewey can solve any problem parents may cause, but what will he do when
the parents who are causing problems are his own?
(Nominated for the 2017 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers' Literature)
"After all, as Horn puts it in this winning debut, 'where you found
kids, you always found parents who needed some assistance to be, shall
we say, their best selves.' Amen to that."
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
for a book that shows parents - while having issues - are not to be made
fun of, disrespected or portrayed as complete idiots." - Reviewed By: CL - Amazon Reviewer "Dewey
Fairchild: Parent Problem Solver was very different. Most books with
this kind of concept of someone giving advice to other people usually
aren't like this. Most books like that are about parents giving advice
to help other parents with their kids and sometimes even people with
their pets! However, I have never read a book with a kid giving advice
to other kids to help solve their parents' problems! Oh, how the tables
have turned! That has to be one of the most clever ideas for a book I
have ever seen! The best part is that the outcome was so amazing! I
loved the plot twist, the characters, and the light moments of comedy
throughout the story. I also love how, within the whole concept, it
still stayed a children's book. Most books with this concept of advice
and solving problems aren't generally for kids. This one, however,
stayed kid-friendly and interesting enough for kids to want to read it.
Overall, it was a great book!" - Reviewed By: Farrah - Age 10 Kids' BookBuzz
Fairchild, Parent Problem Solver would be a perfect read aloud for any
classroom. In fact, it is on my list to share with my 6th graders at
the beginning of next year. The class could become “Problem Solvers” by
helping others with issues they have with their parents. The teacher
could develop “problems” or the students can make their own. They can
be solved by committee or by individual problem solvers. You could even
expand to problems with siblings, pets, neighbors, other students….
Classes could read both Nate the Great and Dewey Fairchild to compare
and contrast: technology, methods, success… Activities could be
expanded into cooking. There are so many different cookies mentioned in
the story. The class could make cookies and then graph favorites,
write reviews, practice descriptive writing, invent new recipes, and
study cooking measurements,
Holy tarter sauce, you will love this book." - Reviewed By: Tiger Oma - Amazon Reviewer