Review: Gone Camping

Posted on March 15, 2017


Gone Camping: A Novel in Verse
Written by Tamera Will Wissinger
Illustrated by Matthew Cordell
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers
March 2017
112 pages

While Sam and Lucy prepare for the family’s camping trip they eagerly anticipate all the fun they will have at the lake. But when the big day arrives Dad is too sick to go along and Mom has to stay home with him. Sam and Lucy are less than thrilled to hear that Grandpa will be going instead. But Grandpa proves to be seasoned camper and a lucky fisherman. Wissinger’s clever storytelling in verse unfolds in a series of poems, with each poem being a chapter. Cordell’s gray washed line drawings fill in the details with a flair for the dramatic and oodles of silliness. Rhythm, rhyme, poetry techniques, and how-to books are presented in the appendix, which raises this lively novel in verse to the level of a fun beginner’s guide to poetry. Gone Camping brings poetry to life in this wonderfully wacky outdoor adventure.

Copyright (c) 2017 by Peggy Tibbetts

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