For the Picture Book of the Day, my 8-year-old son and I chose one of our favorite funny picture books about summer camp, A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee.
We think this is the funniest picture book ever! When James and Eamon visit Eamon’s grandparents’ house to attend a week of day camp communing with nature, they prefer the little things much more: eating waffles, playing video games, and generally staying inside despite the fact that Eamon’s grandparents live on the beach!
Marla Frazee writes with dry wit that appeals to adults as much as parents.
“In the morning, Bill [Eamon’s grandfather] took the boys to nature camp. The road was long and curvy. James and Eamon learned a lot of new vocabulary words while Bill drove.”
Her cartoon-y illustrations set off the text perfectly; in fact, she won a Caldecott Honor for this picture book! [picture book, ages 4 and up]
It also comes bundled with an audio CD.
We also recommend another funny summer camp easy chapter book, Like Bug Juice on a Burger by Julie Sternberg.
Eleanor from Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie is back in this lauded sequel where she goes off to sleep away camp. She thought it sounded great when she committed to attending the camp her mother went to when she was a little girl, but now that she’s here, she’s anxious about the bugs, the food and, most of all, swimming class.
I hate camp. I just hate it. I wish I didn’t. But I do. Being here is worse than bug juice on a burger. Or homework on Thanksgiving. Or water seeping into my shoes.
As time goes on, Eleanor realizes that sleep away camp isn’t so bad after all and things that seemed insurmountable, like passing the swim test are possible, especially when your cabinmates are rooting for you! [easy chapter book, ages 6 and up]
Either of these two books would be fun for kids going off to camp or for kids who want to know about what that might be like. Are you kids going to day camp or sleep away camp this summer?
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