Review! Camp Bad Guy Episode 1: The Worst Kids in the World by Ellis Weiner

22 Jan

campbadCamp Bad Guy Episode 1: The Worst Kids in the World

By Ellis Weiner

131 pages – ages 11+

Published by Frederator Books, LLC  on October 13, 2014

Synopsis: Jim Goode is a… Good kid. So why are his parents forcing him to come to Camp Bad Guy? It’s a summer camp that trains kids to be the world’s next dictators, supervillains, and just plain psychos! They’re encouraged to steal, cheat, trick, etc. And Jim is honest! After arriving at camp, Jim starts wondering if he really knows his parents after all. How will a good kid survive at Camp Bad Guy?

What I Liked: This book was awesome! It creates a new world that you will love and hate at the same time! I like how the descendants of the villains come from villains that are “real” (one of the counselors is James Bond’s best enemy’s grandson), while others are just made up for the book, like The Chuckler (the camp director), but are very creative. The story is hilarious and just a blast to read. The humor can be a bit edgy – like there is a class titled –  “How to Make Sure a Person is Drowning” and “Junior Life-Taking” (a play on life saving) – but – hey, it’s Camp BAD Guy! It’s the same kind of snarky humor in Mr. Weiner’s Templeton Twins.  There are a few minor cuss words (mostly “D***”). This stuff isn’t that bad, but I know some parents won’t like that for younger kids. Mr. Weiner’s story-telling abilities shine through in the book. I really liked the main character, Jim.

I give Camp Bad Guy five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

20 Responses to “Review! Camp Bad Guy Episode 1: The Worst Kids in the World by Ellis Weiner”

  1. Robyn Campbell January 22, 2015 at 10:53 am #

    You can’t go wrong with a world to love AND hate at the same time. I will buy it because I trust your reviews. I’ll read it while I await the book two on Tomato and Pea. *ahem*


    • Catherine Johnson January 22, 2015 at 4:03 pm #

      Here hee! How is that going, Erik? Robyn don’t forget Erik probably gets lots of homework these days. I know my 9yr old wouldn’t have a hope of having energy to write a book. But he is too into Xbox.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 26, 2015 at 7:56 am #

      Can’t a guy work on a book in peace around here?! Here. Have a donut. That should keep you occupied. 😉


  2. kateywrites January 22, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

    I know some 4th and 5th grade boys who will love this. It reminds me of a YA book called Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks where kids are sent to AXIS Institute for World Domination to learn to be super villains. What fun!


  3. rnewman504 January 22, 2015 at 2:04 pm #

    It definitely seems like the kind of humor that would appeal to my son. Love the twisted plot. It’ll go on my list. Terrific review, Erik!


  4. Niamh Clune Plum Tree Books January 22, 2015 at 6:11 pm #

    Sounds hilarious…reverse psychology I suspect.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 26, 2015 at 8:33 am #

      Not really. The camp is really a camp for bad guys. It’s still hilarious! 😀


  5. Patricia Tilton January 22, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

    Unique twist on a story. Love it. Sounds like it is very humorous.


  6. writersideup January 23, 2015 at 2:14 am #

    This is definitely a fun premise, Erik 🙂


  7. yvettecarol January 23, 2015 at 4:06 am #

    I’m looking forward to hearing your reply to Robyn, Erik – how’s your book going?
    This is a great review. Good job! I think you have a great career ahead of you. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 26, 2015 at 8:42 am #

      My book is going… I think to the Bahamas. Or maybe Hawaii. 😉 Thanks Ms. Carol! 😀


  8. Michelle Dennis - Author January 23, 2015 at 6:20 pm #

    Reblogged this on Deepwood Forest.


  9. readingwithrhythm February 7, 2015 at 10:42 pm #

    This one sounds pretty crazy! I think I know some boys from that camp!


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