Mission: Save Simon!

It was trouble to the max for, uh, well, Simon. What seems to be the trouble? Well, it turns out did something so drastically dangerous. Lose Max Brutus’s prized soccer ball high up in a tree in Picasso Park! Can his friends at Table 5 help him get Max’s ball before his big game? Or has Simon’s luck maxed out?

Yeah, I know. I borrowed a lot of that intro paragraph from the synopsis. This is why I write blog posts and not synopses for other authors, haha. Let’s get this book review done!

The author of Stick Dog, Stick Cat, and Gabby Garcia’s Ultimate Playbook returns with a fifth installment of the Trouble At Table 5 series with returning characters Rosie, Molly, and of course Simon: Trouble to the Max. This installment felt quite a bit different than the previous four books. Either the writing is of course still on point or the pacing & structure are significantly different. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Maybe I’ll come back to it later.

Best moment of the book?

Mr. Willow teasing his students what they used to write on and with when he was his students’ age. Simon, being the overly trusting goof that he is, beautifully plays right into the joke. And once again, Mr. Willow comes through with a fun and useful science lesson.

During a moment in class, the trio lift their books to hide their faces as they whispered back and forth to talk about the tree sap on Simon’s hands. Here, we get to see some pretty cool cameos: no spoilers.

As usual, the trio works together to come up with interesting and often hilarious “solutions.”

Did Simon get Max’s ball in time before the big game?

Give this wonderfully hilarious book a read to find out for yourself.

Trouble at Table 5 #5: Trouble to the Max by Tom Watson & Marta Kissi | Published by HarperChapters: Imprint of HarperCollins

Genre: Children’s Literature, Fiction, Humor | Author: Tom Watson | Illustrator: Marta Kissi


“Time out! Simon got Max Brutus’s prized World Cup soccer ball stuck in the tallest tree in Picasso Park! Now he’s in more trouble than a tater tot in ketchup. Can his friends at Table 5 help him get the ball before the big game? Or has Simon’s luck maxed out?”

Trouble At Table 5 series is published by HarperChapters, an imprint of HarperCollins.

Overall: 5 out of 5 Stars!

What did you think about this book? What did you think about all that sap on Simon’s hands?

Do you have any stories of your own about how you overcame your own Picasso Park-sized problems?

Let me know in the comments!