Author: Katie McKy
Illustrator: Bonnie Leick
Release Date: April 15, 2009
Publisher: Tanglewood Press
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Bookdepository
Read on March 18, 2012
Summary: Maddie's mother agrees to send her daughter to a new camp - Wolf Camp. But when Maddie returns, she seems, well, changed. She snaps at flies, howls at fire trucks, and chases squirrels - on all fours. She quits eating candy and starts eating meat - only meat. And the dog is now afraid of her when she lifts her lip and shows her teeth. What child hasn't fantasized about being an animal? And what parent hasn't exclaimed over the transformation in their child when picking him or her up from camp? This book intertwines these two themes in a hilarious story of a very different kind of camping experience.
WOLF CAMP is a children picture book about a girl named Maddie. One day Maddie shows her mother a flyer for Wolf Camp. It says: "Put your child in the wilds." And then Maddie is gone for two weeks. The first day she writes home a letter saying that it's weird at the camp. On the second day she writes again to tell her parents that she likes it there. After that her parents don't receive any letters again, so they assume she's having fun at the camp!
When Maddie gets back from the camp, her behaviors have changed noticeably, such as when her dog, the collie, sniffs her, she sniffs back! She also growls and runs after a squirrel and howls. She's not herself anymore!
At first I read this book on my Kindle, and thought it was totally weird. On the Kindle, the pictures are black and white and very small. But when I opened the file on my computer to read, it's different! Two pages on each side are connected and the story suddenly makes more sense and becomes easier to follow. With full-color everything is better too! I didn't like the illustrations when I saw them on the Kindle but now I do. They're quite nice. I especially like the coloring. It looks like watercolor on some pages, but I'm not sure. The colors really makes the pictures stand out and seem real.
A cute book!
This review is also posted on Goodreads.
I received an e-copy from NetGalley and Tanglewood for review.