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Beach Party Surf Monkey Brings Hilarious Adventures to Hotel Living in a New Fast-Paced Readable Story

Updated on July 11, 2017
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Hilarious New Sequel in the Welcome to Wonderland Series

The bestselling author Chris Grabenstein is back with his new book Beach Party Surf Monkey, the second book in the Welcome to Wonderland series. The hilarious adventures continue with fun scenarios that come about when the characters decide that making a movie is the solution to bringing more visitors to their family's motel in St. Petersburg, Florida.

P.T. lives with his mom in beautiful St. Petersburg, Florida. Their motel needs more business, and P.T. along with his friend Gloria come up with a plan to make a great movie to promote the motel. They have visions of becoming famous. Kevin the Monkey from the Sunshine State Primate Sanctuary is recruited to help with the success of the movie. Ideas for the movie come from all sorts of connections, from the old beach party movies from the 60's, to ideas taken from Walt Disney himself. Let the adventures begin when the movie is in full production mode! There are hilarious sidetracks during filming, and things do go wrong, but the day finally comes when they can say "it's a wrap!" and the movie is completed. P.T. hopes that his absentee dad will see the movie in theaters and know that his son is successful. Grabenstein adds a fun section to the book with his P.T. Wilkie's Outrageously Ridiculous and Occasionally Useful Stuff. This section features a list of movie terms and definitions that are used in the production of a movie. Do you know the terms "best boy" or "grip"? Do you know who provides the food for the movie crew? Young readers will have fun learning these terms. Grabenstein also adds a final section entitled P.T. and Gloria's Fact or Fiction Quiz: Movie Edition! Parents of young readers will enjoy this quiz featuring old movies. Fact or Fiction? In Teen Beach Movie, Mack and Brady get sucked into the musical Wet Side Story, which is based on a real-life musical called South Side Story.

Welcome to Wonderland #2 Beach Party Surf Monkey was published by Random House Children's Books and is recommended for ages 8-12. It has an ISBN of 978-0-553-53610-2.

Fun Read for Floridians and Those Who Wish They Were

Black and white cartoon-like illustrations add to the story
Black and white cartoon-like illustrations add to the story

Get Acquainted with the Author and Illustrator

Chris Grabenstein is a #1 New York Times bestselling author who is back with his second book in the Welcome to Wonderland series. He grew up traveling to St. Petersburg, Florida, and visiting many attractions in Florida. He features these attractions in his new book Beach Party Surf Monkey. You may follow Grabenstein on Twitter at @CGrabenstein, and visit his website at

Brooke Allen contributed the fun cartoon-like illustrations to this second book in the series.

Cartoon-Like Illustrations from Brooke Allen

Real-Life Movie Making in Florida

Fans of reality tv movies who read Grabenstein's new Beach Party Surf Monkey might want to check out the real MTV feature that is coming soon in July. The #1 beach in the USA, Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Florida is the site for an upcoming real life beach movie with all kinds of adventures. Parents will want to watch with their children.

The new reality series from MTV will feature a group of kids in Florida who return home to Siesta Key Beach from their freshman year at college. The reality show is entitled Siesta Key, and premiers on July 31, 2017.

Young readers who enjoy the theme of making movies might like to find more movies that have been produced in Florida.

How many can you answer from Grabenstein's fun fact or fiction section?

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Florida Attractions that are Featured in Grabenstein's Fun Chapter Book for Young Readers

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Grabenstein's New Book Can Be a Classroom Tool for Learning About Florida

Teachers will want to use this fun read of a chapter book if they teach children ages 8-12. It can be a great addition to a study of Florida when geography becomes somewhat boring to reluctant readers.


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