The Midwest Book Review, Volume 28, Number 11

Pap Pap Goes to Paris and So Does Ricky!
Janie Dempsey Watts, author
Lyn Martin, illustrator
Privately Published
9781981886326, $12.95 PB, $4.99 Kindle, 32pp,

"Pap Pap Goes to Paris and So Does Ricky!" is an exciting travel story about a boy and his grandfather who make a pilgrimage together to Paris, and climb the Eiffel Tower. Joyous colored illustrations show young Ricky's excitement over the snowglobe of the Eiffel Tower and his grandfather's planned trip to Paris. Although Pap Pap had planned to go with Ricky's Uncle Tony, a phone call changes that plan because of a bicycle accident leaving Uncle Tony with a broken leg. Tony will be unable to make the planned trip to Paris with Pap Pap. Ricky decides it would be a fine idea to accompany his Pap Pap to Paris instead. They work hard to convince Ricky's mother and father of this new plan. Charming illustrations show Ricky's mother holding two baby twins who are crying while she is discussing the trip with Ricky. Finally, both parents agree to the plan, and Ricky promises to bring them back presents, and even a present for the twins. The exciting plane trip to Paris is on! Ricky learns some French expressions such as s;il vous plait, bon soir, bonjour, merci beaucoup, and more. The French vocabulary words are listed with their pronunciations at the end of the book. Ricky learned many wonderful things about Paris on his trip with Pap Pap, learning to list things that Parisians love as they climbed the many steps of the Eiffel Tower. What do Parisians love? cobblestones, croissants, dogs, statues, steps and more! But Ricky loved best of all being with Pap Pap at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. "Pap Pap Goes to Paris and So Does Ricky!" is a wonderful book for children and also adults who long to visit the famous city on the Seine.


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At,an evocative review from Jenni Frankenberg Veal.

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A wonderful review by Pris Shartle appeared in the October, 2012 issue of The Signal Mountain Mirror.

Janie Watts,
Sep 12, 2012, 6:01 PM