A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
A virtual walk-through of the sleepaway camp experience, this book starts at the ride to the camp pickup and wraps up at the trading of email addresses at the end of session. Kids who've never been to camp before might feel more confident about how things work after reading this book.
New adventures can be fun. Ask for support when you need it. You can still be a good friend and take time to hang out with your other friends. Try new things or start new hobbies because you're worth the effort. Friendship can withstand challenges.
Positive Role Models
Counselors give support and guidance when a camper is having trouble adjusting to time away from home. While there's some jealous behavior and disagreement among friends, there's no bullying or demeaning behavior.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Camp is the second graphic novel (after Click) in a series by Kayla Miller about a girl named Olive. In this book, Olive and her friend Willow go to sleep-away camp for the first time. Practical in its tone, Camp details the inner workings of sleepaway camp. The counselors give support and guidance when a camper is having trouble adjusting to time away from home. While there's some jealous behavior and disagreement among friends, there's no bullying or demeaning behavior.
Is It Any Good?
Colorful, detailed, and straightforward, this graphic novel deals with the fun and knottiness of having a friend from home at sleepaway camp. However, Camp could have benefited from a little more complexity. Readers are introduced to a dozen different characters, but only two have any real bearing on the story, and their plotline is pretty predictable.
Kids will like the cartoony yet realistic portrayal of the food served in the mess hall, the friendly but rule-abiding teen counselors, and all of the fun activities. Camp does capture the giddiness and nuances of sleep-way camp. But it could have reached a little higher and delved a little deeper into a more intricate plot line in order to make the Camp Acorn Lake experience truly memorable.
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