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Lovable Grandpa Joe

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This was a good story, though may have benefitted with a title that included Alex. Definitely for older readers of picture books rather than younger ones who may not sit through this length.
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3.7 Stars 

The book is about Alex and his friends who try to help him raise money for his Grandpa Joe’s shop. Speedy Wheels is an old cycle store and a famous one in the area. The place suffers from a fire accident due to an old coffee pot being left plugged. Alex feels responsible as it was his duty to unplug the appliances. 
He tries to earn money in different ways and help his grandpa. His earlier attempts are a flop, but he and his friends don’t give up. They paint an old garage and raise money. Their class teacher also helps them make a list of Fire Safety rules, which they hand over to Grandpa Joe, along with the money. 
The age group isn’t mentioned on NG, but I’m not sure if little ones might sit long enough to read through the text. The book has text on one page and illustrations on the other alternatively. Kids might want to skip the pages and watch the illustrations instead. Maybe the book is for slightly older ones who can sit still and read more words. 
The concept and the execution are good, though the title could have been something else. Preferably one that included Alex and his adventures. 
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Archway and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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This was a cute storyline and message on how kids can find ways to raise money. The illustrations were great! I was a little thrown on how this seems to be a kids book but almost leaning towards more of a chapter book formatting with a lot of words per page. That may be hard to keep attention if reading too a child or if they are learning themselves and feel impatient at being on one page for so long
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