Friday, January 10, 2014

Harrison Goes Camping

Harrison Goes Camping, written and illustrated by Becky Howard, is the story of a young boy who goes camping with his mom and dad. They have a good time exploring the woods around their campground and cooking their meal over the campfire. After the meal, and before going to bed, Harrison’s father tells everyone they need to clean things up and make sure all the food is put away. They can’t leave any food out as it will attract bears.

The marshmallows they had after the meal were so good, Harrison decides to put one in his pocket, so he’ll have it handy if he gets hungry during the night. As might be guessed, their camping trip is ruined by the invasion of a bear. Thankfully, no one is hurt, but the fun has ended.

There is a Bible verse included in nearly every two-page layout of the book. The verses correspond to what’s happening in the story. For instance, Ephesians 6:1 is used to emphasize the importance of children obeying their parents. That verse reads: “Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”

The illustrations are bright and expressive and work well with the text.

What I Like: This is the second book in the Harrison series. Harrison is the name of the author’s grandson. The author is writing a series of books based on bedtime stories she tells Harrison. I really like that idea.

I also like the inclusion of so many Bible verses throughout the text.

What I Dislike: Although I like the idea for the series, the text could be improved with some extra editing as in several places as the story changes from past tense to present tense and then back again.

Overall Rating: Good.

Age Appeal: 6-12.

Publisher Info: Palmetto Street Publishing, 2012; ISBN: 9780984878215; Paperback, $11.98.

Buy now at $10.78!
Special Info: This is book two in the Harrison Series.


Kathy Cassel said...

Is the age group right for that book? It doesn't look like an 8-12 book.

Christine M. Irvin said...

Hi Kathy,

Thanks for your question. The author and publisher didn't give an age group recommendation, so I listed 8-12, as that would roughly include 2nd-4th graders, an age group that seems appropriate (we don't have a separate label for each age). But, I will revise the labels and add K-1 to include that age group, also.


Becky Howard said...

Hi Christine, I am the author of this book and it is for ages 4-7. I am sorry to get back to you at this late date but did not see the question before. Thank you for your review.