Monday, August 8, 2011

Wolf Camp by Katie McKy and Bonnie Leick

Maddie is really excited to go to Wolf Camp for two weeks. It'll be an excellent chance to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Her parents are happy for her, but when Maddie returns home they can't help but notice how she's changed. She growls at the family dog. She howls at the moon. She wants to eat nothing but meat. Her parents aren't quite sure what to do with her!

When I first saw this book I imagined that it would be a story that actually took place at Wolf Camp, so I was surprised to find out took place entirely at Maddie's house. This approach, though, was incredibly effective in getting my imagination going. Just what did this Wolf Camp look like? What exactly did the kids do? Who was running it? (And if it is actually wolves who run the camp, how did they put together the brochure?) The pictures are full of little details for kids to discover (for example, keep an eye on Maddie's dad's newspaper) and the combination of summer camp and animals has a lot of fun possibilities.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
It All Began With a Bean by Katie McKy and Tracy Hill
Goodnight, Little Monster by Helen Ketteman and Bonnie Leick
Pumpkin Town! by Katie McKy and Pablo Bernasconi

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