Sunday, April 26, 2009

Church Summer Cramp

The title of this book, Church Summer Cramp, written by Mike Thaler, should give you an indication of what to expect from the text. The title is a play on words, as is most of the text. A young boy is headed for summer church “camp,” and as you might guess, he’s not looking forward to what he is convinced will be an “ordeal.” The books starts out: “Our church youth group is having a summer cramp. It’s called a retreat. I thought Jesus told us to go forward. Why would we want to retreat?” It continues in this zany manner through to the end.
With summer right around the corner, you might be planning on sending your child to a summer church camp. If so, this might be the perfect book for them. The two of you can laugh your way through the pages as you prepare your child for summer church “cramp!”
The illustrations by Jared Lee are cartoon-like with speech bubbles sprinkled throughout.
What I Like: Everything. What a delightful book! It reminds me of the Little Critter books (of which I’m a big fan) by Mercer Mayer.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Age Appeal: The publisher suggests 4-8 as the appropriate age group for this book. I think that’s a bit too young, as most children in this age bracket would be too young to go off to camp by themselves. I think this book would appeal more to children about 8-12.
Publisher Info: Zonderkidz, 2009; ISBN: 031071592; Paperback, $4.99.
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