Postcards from Camp
Postcards from Camp
Nancy Paulsen Books, Hardcover, 9780399239731, 40pp.
Publication Date: June 30, 2011
The hilarious correspondence between a reluctant first-time camper and his dad
This fabulously creative book by Caldecott Award winner Simms Taback features handmade postcards and funny letters that readers will enjoy pulling out of their envelopes. Michael is new to sleepaway camp, and it's not going so well. He thinks his counselor is an alien, his bunkmates are pranksters, and it's constantly raining. So he sends his dad a series of urgent notes pleading for rescue. His dad is quick to reply, but encourages Michael to stick it out, reminding him that he met some of his best buddies at camp. Eventually there is a subtle change in Michael's tone - and a mention of a friend or two. Before you know it, Michael's a happy camper who's planning a longer stay next time.
Fans of Griffin & Sabine and The Jolly Postman will delight in the artistry of this book; the incredibly detailed cards and envelopes and amazing stamps. And they will enjoy taking part in a correspondence that reveals a deep affection between father and child, as Michael's exaggerated pleas are answered by his father's gentle jokes and advice. Here is a book that families and friends will enjoy together - and there's even a classic campfire ghost story tucked into one of those envelopes!
An "excellent teacher" is the New York Times's praise for Michele Urvater. The star of the Television Food Network series Cooking Monday-to-Friday, her books include the award-winning Monday-to-Friday Cookbook and Monday-to-Friday Chicken. Her 20-year cooking career includes catering, teaching, writing, consulting, and working as a corporate chef.
"Taback's signature illustrative style is perfect. . . . Share with kids before and after camp—newbies will be astonished at how typical Michael's experience is; seasoned campers (and their parents) will laugh all the way through."
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Drawings, collage elements, real envelopes, and removable letters creating a work of art that readers will want to pore over. Including plenty of puns, the book has reluctant-reader appeal. . . . Showcasing Taback's colorful frenetic style and inherent humor."
-School Library Journal
"Those nervous about camp will relate to Michael's hyperbolic anxieties while treasuring his father's reassurances and good humor."