Amazing Lisa is a magical stuffed animal that can come to life and transform into anything. Holly, an imaginative and happy young girl, had Amazing Lisa mysteriously show up in her life one day and have become inseparable. Daniel and Jonathan are Holly’s older brothers, and Daniel spends a lot of time keeping Jonathan out of trouble! Join all four on travel adventures around the world! After visiting England, France and Australia, they head to the exotic and beautiful country of India to visit Daniel’s pen pal, Priya. What sort of trouble will Jonathan get into? What will Amazing Lisa turn into? What incredible sites will they see in India? Find out all of this and more in Lisa Goes to India.”
A little about Patrick first:
Patrick Adams was born to American parents in Beirut, Lebanon. His love of travel likely started on his first flight when he was four days old. He grew up in exotic locations like Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Las Palmas, Canary Islands in his early formative years. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1993 with a degree in Travel and Tourism. His debut children’s travel adventure, Lisa Goes to England, was released in May 2015. The story was inspired by his own children and especially his daughter Holly’s vast imagination and love of her stuffed animals. England was the first of many travel adventures, followed by France and Australia. Each story will feature exploration, mischief and magic in the most enchanting places around the world.
RA Winter’s Review: 4-Stars
Lisa Goes to India is the fourth book in Patrick Adams travel series for kids.
The cover is great, and will actually spark a child’s interest. This could be read to small kids or new readers who want to improve their sight-words.
I read this about five times. Twice on Kindle Unlimited on my phone, once on my computer (also KU) and the PDF file the author sent in for a review. I had contacted Sherry and asked her about the spelling inconsistencies. She was reading the PDF and was like, what?
In the PDF, the author uses a children’s font, which didn’t transfer over to Amazon. Which in itself, isn’t an issue. The issue is that some words were cut off in the formatting, (I’m sure this is an HTML error). For example, on Amazon, the word ‘will’ translated as ‘wil’ quite a few times near the end of the book, that could be confusing for new readers.
There were also a few misplaced commas and quote mark combinations. Those need to be cleared up before I can recommend a child to read the book to themselves.
The story is good. Highly imaginative, this was a good first look at a different culture and a touch of magic to spark a child’s imagination.
I think if the author wants to sell them as stand-alone books, then he should describe Lisa better in the beginning. It reads more like a series where you should have read the beginning.
Loved the illustrations, those were very well done.
Once the story is cleaned up it will be a must-read for kids and to kids. A touch of culture, new friends, and experiences. What could be better?
Illustrations and the cover, 5-stars. The story, 4-stars. Grammer and punctuation, 3-stars, and I give it 4-stars for cuteness. Overall, I give Lisa Goes to India 4-stars.
Sherry Terry’s Review: 4.8-Stars
I like Lisa Goes to India, and I feel Patrick Adams told a sweet little tale about visiting India. Love the cover! Lots of bright colors and action to grab a child’s interest. I think the writing is done well with lots of good word usage for seconded graders and up. The story was interesting, informative, and brings a little history on the Red Fort with some highjinks to spice things up at the Taj Mahal.
I loved that Lisa is a stuffed animal that changed into the sacred elephant, she could fly, and she can speak every language. This makes for a fun trip around the world. There are a lot of characters in the story, and the monkeys kind of come out of left field, but overall they all fit well together and took me on a fun little trip to India.
The images are where this story really shines. Tons of great colors and action scenes depicting fun sightseeing adventures and the Hindu festival of lights called, Diwali. The only thing I wish was different – the images come before the page that they are about. I would like it better if I read the page, and then saw the corresponding image.
I read this story on Adobe Acrobat Reader, and I had none of the formatting problems RA spoke of but there are punctuation issues with the dialog. And for this reason, I give the story 4.8-stars.
I had my seven-year-old granddaughter read Lisa Goes to India to me. I thought it best to get the perspective of Patrick’s target audience. When she finished the story, I did an interview with her.
Guest Reviewer, Seven-Year-Old Madi’s Review: 5-Stars
Sherry: If a 1 is the worst book you ever read and a 5 is the best book you ever read, how many stars would you give Lisa Goes to India?
Sherry: What do you think about the cover?
Madi: I like it. It has a lot of good colors, and it makes me want to open it up and look inside at the story. It has a lot of detail.
Sherry: Did you like the story?
Sherry: What was your favorite part?
Madi: My favorite part of the whole story was the party they had for the Diwali Festival.
Sherry: Did you have a least favorite part?
Sherry: Was it easy to read?
Sherry: Would you recommend Lisa Goes to India to your friends?
Madi: Yes I would, and I want to read it to my four-year-old brother. He would like it too.
Madi’s final thoughts: I liked that Lisa is a stuffed bear that turned into an elephant who knows all the languages around the world. The monkeys didn’t kind of fit in the story because there is no way they could fly on a plane to America, so they can’t visit America because they would be too silly and start playing on the airplane and reach where people are driving, and they could go up there and make the plane crash.
Madi and I recommend this book to 2nd graders and up. It’s a fun read.
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