This humorous, charming, quirky picture book is a camp lover’s delight. Written in perfectly cadenced rhyme, it is an ode to the highs and lows of camping days — lows remembered fondly and as an integral part of a wonderful camp experience. It’s a great introduction for an apprehensive first-time camper, providing an opening to discuss what camp will be like and that it can be fun even when events don’t unfold exactly as the potential camper imagines they will. The text reads suitably for all kinds of camps, but the lighthearted, comic, colorful pictures make it very clear that it is a Jewish camp that the author had in mind, one with a rich program of Jewish activities and educational opportunities. This is a fun book and a fun look at a summer of growth and excitement. Due to the subject matter, it is suitable for a wider age range than the typical picture book crowd, although younger children can enjoy it, too. Recommended for ages 4 – 9.
Michal Hoschander Malen is the editor of Jewish Book Council’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A former librarian, she has lectured on topics relating to literacy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.