Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a funny story.
By Andrea Zuill
40 pages – ages 5+
Published by Schwartz & Wade on May 3, 2016
Theme/Topic- Going to camp / Being your true self
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “My name is Homer. I am a dog…
but sometimes I am very wolfish.“
Synopsis: Homer is a dog . . . but he also secretly fancies himself part wolf. So when an invitation to attend WOLF CAMP (“Where every dog can live as a wolf for a week”) falls out of his kibble bag one morning, he’s determined to go. After his people finally agree, Homer boards the bus bound for Wolf Camp, along with fellow campers Trixie* and Rex. They’re greeted on the other end by wolf counselors Fang and Grrr (“they seem nice”), and what follows is an array of wolf activities, including learning to howl, mark, and hunt. Of course, Homer’s a little homesick at times, and the food isn’t very good, but that just makes heading home all the sweeter.
*Typo – actually Pixie
What I Thought- This book is pure humor! I like how the illustrations show what is really happening, and the writing tells it from Homer’s perspective. Ms. Zuill has a definite eye for the funny, and it was nice seeing her interpretation of how dogs would live with wolves for a week. The book is a great read-aloud, and would make kids giggle and smile.The illustrations are funny, and have a sort of water-color doodle type of feel. I really enjoyed looking at them.
Homer is a nice character – behaving as most (intelligent) dogs would. This is a great debut!
Activities and Resources- You can visit Care.com for some good home-made summer camp activities. The full list is HERE.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!