There are a few simple rules Daniel follows.
Rule One: never let an adult see your weakness. Daniel made that mistake and look where he ended up - summer camp.
Rule Two: never make fun of the person who feeds you, unless you like Miss Gunderson's peppery pancakes and green hamburgers.
Rule Three: stay away from girls who love Glitter Ponies. They have cooties, after all.
And Rule Four: never, ever lose your magic pencil.
But Daniel has broken all of his own rules. Now he's stuck and starving at Camp Bigfoot with the school bully as his bunkmate and an ooey-gooey girl who won't leave him alone. If all of that wasn't bad enough, his prized possession, a pencil that brings his drawings to life, has gone missing and wacky creatures are popping up all over camp.
Can Daniel survive Camp Bigfoot and find his magic pencil before it's too late?
©2015 Jennifer Henderson (P)2016 Jennifer Henderson
One of my passions is finding books that 9- to 14-year-old boys will want to read. Because reading for 30 minutes a day is critical for boys to thrive, I'm always looking for books in a variety of mediums and forms that they may like. For that reason, I purchased the audio book of 'Daniel the Camp-er" and listened to it in my car over the last three weeks. I wanted to see if it was a book that would engage a boy while he was sitting in a car driving from one activity to another.
I have to say, I really liked Daniel, and I know boys ages 9 to 11 will too. Ms. Henderson captured the essence of this age group with the humor she uses and the way she has Daniel question and reflect on the world around him. Without a doubt, S.J. Henderson's 'Daniel the Camp-er' is definitely a book I will be highly recommending to parents and educators who want to get boys reading.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.
I haven't read the first book in the series, so I felt a little bit lost. At first I thought Danny had an overactive imagination, considering both his talking cat and how he imagines the worst scenarios of everything he comes across. It wasn't until the bats that I figured out his magic was real. It's a pretty fast paced book; Danny goes through camp and his life is mixed with magic he takes for granted. The others more or less ignore the magic, which is part of the reason I thought it was all in his head. We meet Super Amazing Pants, Herman the Dragon, and Senor Moose among other creatures Danny concocts. As a stand alone novel I'd give it a three, but I'll give it a four assuming it's a little less confusing given the first novel.
Really liked the narrator. She expresses Danny's frustration well and uses a deeper tone to represent males and a cutesy voice for the little girls. She nailed the accent for Senor Moose. 5/5
To students or young adults
Reading book 2 alone was a bit confusing. As well, I found it a bit hard to decipher between the drawn characters and nicknames of real characters (e.g., glitter pony). This story would be great for a visual/comic book--maybe the printed version has drawings?
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