Review: Lionel and the Golden Rule (Lionel’s Grand Adventure) by Paul R. Hewlett

Hi everyone, it’s Kara (About me) and I have a great book to share with you today! Lionel and the Golden Rule (Lionel’s Grand Adventure) by Paul R. Hewlett. Lionel is so likeable I know you will grow to love him too!



Lionel and the Golden Rule (Lionel’s Grand Adventure) – a Sample


“Lionel, I hope you’re cleaning out your closet like I told you to, or you’ll be sorry!” Lionel paced around his room . The 1967 school year— his first in Larrystown— had ended, and he was already bored out of his mind. He wished baseball had started. He needed to find some fun, but his mom’s voice reminded him that his quest for fun would have to wait. She meant it when she said he’d be sorry. He’d been grounded for the last week because he forgot to wipe off the ketchup bottle after using it.


Lionel walked across the room, planted his hands on his hips, and looked at the mess inside the closet . He’d meant to straighten it up a long time ago, but closing the door and ignoring it seemed easier. Now he had to clean up all the junk— some that had been sitting there since before he moved in— his mom said so.


Bending over, he kept pushing his glasses back up as he inspected the pile on the floor. He stared at everything on the shelf and knew he would have to be creative to clean it up since he couldn’t reach that high. Asking his mom for help was out of the question.


Lionel looked around his room and spied his footstool. He pulled it across the worn, wooden floor. With some difficulty, he balanced his chubby frame on the edge of the stool, holding on to the clothes rod in the closet to keep steady. Standing on his tippee toes , he peeked at the shelf.


His heart sank when he got a good look at what was up there. From what he could see from the floor, he’d hoped some of the shelf might be empty, but boxes and old clothes covered every square inch of it. He pulled all the clothes onto the floor and went to work on the boxes. After he straightened those out, he took one last look to make sure everything looked okay. Satisfied, he went to step down when something in the far corner of the shelf caught his attention.


He squinted and took a closer look. Whatever it might be, it was bulky. At least part of it was bright yellow. Lionel’s imagination went into overdrive picturing what it could be.


About the Book


Lionel is sick of his brother picking on him and of his mother yelling at him. One day, while cleaning the closet his mother has been after him about, he discovers not only boxes and old clothes, but a lucky charm with more magic than he bargained for. After an unusual encounter with his brother, Lionel knows things are about to change for the better.Together, Lionel and his lucky charm are able to stand up to his big brother as well as make Carrie—the cutest girl in his class—notice him. While learning the quirks of his magical charm, Lionel ends up at a casino in Las Vegas, escapes an evil dog, becoming a hero to the other kids, and finds himself playing in the Great Series with his favorite professional baseball team. Will Lionel master the trickster, over-the-top magic, or will it mess things up beyond repair?


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About the Author



Paul R. Hewlett


Salesman by day, writer by night. Air Force vet. My aim is to write books that are constructive for children and encourage them to read, even if reading is not their favorite thing. I live in the midwest with my wife and dog (he’s a “senior” that we adopted from the local rescue shelter). Lionel’s Grand Adventure: Lionel and the Golden Rule is the first book in a series. It is my first book (reviews & feedback would be much appreciated). Lionel’s back in Lionel Turns the Other Cheek. Check out his comical adventures as Lionel heads off to summer camp. Look for Lionel’s Christmas Adventure this November on Amazon.


If you want to know more about Paul you can visit his website 


Here’s my review:


Lionel and the Golden Rule (Lionel’s Grand Adventure) by Paul R. Hewlett


My rating 5/5 stars


I received this book from the author for an unbiased review.


Lionel is adorable! Although he tries his very best to stay out of trouble he often finds himself in it! Lionel discovers a lucky charm in his closet that gives him the ability to make wishes.


This is a great moral story as Lionel discovers he can make things easier by using the lucky charm, or by doing the best he can on his own. He learns to use the lucky charm only when he really needs it.


I really liked that this story took place in the 60’s, no cell phones and just simple baseball games to worry about.


Children: I think this would be best for boys around age 7-12 depending on their reading level.
Parents: I also believe that parents would enjoy this story to read on their own or to even read to their child.


This is truly a book for all ages!


What do you think of this book? Have you ever broke a golden rule in the past? Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Thanks, Kara, for the wonderful review!


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