Monday, October 26, 2015

The Case of the Campfire Caper

The Case of the Campfire Caper (Bill the Warthog Mysteries) by Dean Anderson is one in a series of Bill the Warthog Mysteries books.

In this book, Bill and Nick and several other boys go on a week long trip to camp. As each chapter accounts a part of the day Bill and Nick are living, a small "mystery" occurs. Based on the information read through the chapter, children are encouraged to figure out the solution to the mystery and why the content of the day was important to the biblical theme woven throughout the story.

In The Case of the Campfire Caper, the theme throughout the book is Creation. Rather than going through the typical "Day one- God made light," a subtle mention of light is made and then children are asked why if was so fitting for light to be the answer to the solution on the first day of camp.

The solution answers are at the back of the book and include another page of reading to end each chapter. Although this book would be great for boys (the characters in this particular book are all boys), my seven and a half year old daughter enjoyed it very much.

What I Like: Because the Creation account is so foundational to our faith, I love finding books that reiterate and review Creation for my children. I also like the way this story causes children to stretch their minds a bit in order to solve the mystery in each chapter.

What I Dislike: I liked this book very much.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Age Appeal: 8-12 years.

Publisher Info: Legacy Press, 2011; ISBN: 978-1-58411-081-1; paperback, 112 pgs., $7.99

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