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The Misadventures of Benjamin Bartholomew Piff: You Wish (2007)

by Jason Lethcoe

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My son picked this one up from a book fair and enjoyed it when I read it to him. It didn't really give me any thrills though. ( )
  Ginerbia | Feb 14, 2014 |
How many other books can you combine in one? ( )
  librarian1204 | Apr 27, 2013 |
This was quite a clever little YA book -- I finished it a while ago, but despite the ordinary plot (orphaned boy becomes remarkable hero, battles evil, saves magical world and/or day, gets to live happily ever after), the premise and circumstances are fresh and sharp. Much of the book is situated in the Wishworks factory, the place where wishes come from, and all the trouble begins when a boy (said orphan hero) makes a perfect, by-the-book wish... for infinite wishes. This, of course, throws the factory into chaos and the boy has to come to terms with his overstep and, naturally, fix the mess. It's quick and bright, has some nifty ideas (flying battle-chairs -- picture your La-z-boy with wings, shields, and a cannon -- are simply cool), and a pretty decent message about personal responsibility, so I have no trouble recommending it.
  beserene | Oct 4, 2008 |
The best thing about this book was the title.

The next best thing was how it started out. And then it just kept going downhill from there. I can't quite put my finger on why it failed to be engaging, but despite all the magic, the magic just wasn't there.

While the basic structure and premise were okay, the execution offered nothing new, and the whole story seemed to be packed in a too-small package. (This is dangerously close to the attitude of it's so bad and there's so little of it, but there you are.) None of the characters were ever given any depth, and the ultimate direction of the plot was more or less obvious from page two.

And don't we have enough fantasy boy-heroes?

In a genre rife with stories like this, why bother with ones that really don't shine? ( )
1 vote C.Vick | Aug 16, 2008 |
When Ben's parents are killed in a plane crash he's sent to live in an orphanage of the very worst sort. Most nights he spends scouring out the horrible, smelly kitchen pots with a worn toothbrush as punishment for imagined infractions. Imagine his surprise and delight when a wild wish made on his birthday comes true! Suddenly Ben has unlimited wishes at his disposal.

But at the Wishworks Factory, where hardworking fairies, jinns, and assorted other magical creatures work hard and happily to prepare children's birthday wishes, panic ensues - every wish Ben makes means some other poor child is disappointed. And to make matters worse, Ben's wishing globe has gone missing - stolen by the rival Curseworks factory. Now it's up to Ben and the Wishworks staff to set things right.

In a word, slight. It's readable, but rings of a bit too much Harry Potter wannabe for me. ( )
1 vote SunnySD | Jul 14, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0448444968, Hardcover)

On his eleventh birthday, sad, orphaned Benjamin Bartholomew Piff accidentally adheres to all of the wishing rules—and, in wishing for the mother lode of limitless wishes, he unknowingly sets into a motion a chain of events that threatens to disrupt the balance between the magical realm of wishes and curses. Before long, Benjamin has been recruited by the Wishworks Factory director himself to fight the evil henchmen of the Curseworks Factory. In the process, Benjamin will reclaim his original wish—giving new credence to the old adage: “Be careful what you wish for . . . ”

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When a miserable orphan unknowingly disrupts the balance of power between the magical realms of wishes and curses, he must join forces with the Wishworks Factory to reclaim his errant wish and set things right again.

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