Synopses & Reviews
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This Caldecott Honor-winning book is a moving and hilariousand#160;celebration of young boys, childhood friendships, and the power of the imagination, whereand#160;Marla Frazee captures the very essence of summer vacation and what it means to be a kid.
"Frazee brings out the typical energy of a couple of boys who may scoff at nature and seem to prefer watching TV, but it is through her artful illustrations that readers catch glimpses of just how savvy and creative these kids can be....This intergenerational story will elicit howls of laughter and requests for repeated readings." School Library Journal (starred review)
"Frazees hilarious round-headed cartoons romp across the page in snort-inducing counterpoint, abetted by the occasional speech balloon....The genius here is not that the boys finally get outside in the end; its that their joy in being together is celebrated equally whether theyre annihilating each other in a video game or building a replica of Antarctica on Bill and Pams dock. As respectful of kid sensibilities and priorities as its possible for an adult to achieve." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Summer can seem a long time away during the colder portions of the year, and summer books can hold a special promise and poignancy in the long run-up until the months of freedom. Truly stellar summer books, such as Lynne Rae Perkins' Pictures from Our Vacation can evoke the weirdness and unexpected magic of summers free-form experiences even in the darkest season. Add in some snarky and boisterous grade-school humor, and you've got A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever....This sweetly captures the pleasures of youthful time-wasting in the company of your best friend with a keen understanding that those pleasures are best when theyre unsentimental. The result is just realistic enough to be perfect, a grade-schoolers idyllic summer with limited demands for learning and bettering and a whole lot of reveling in kid priorities. A wonderful late-winter reminder that summer is coming, this will cheer up audiences by encouraging them to reflect on glorious summers past and even more glorious summers to anticipate." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
Two friends have a Nature Camp week to remember!
When James and Eamon go to a week of Nature Camp and stay at Eamon's grandparents' house, it turns out that their free time spent staying inside, eating waffles, and playing video games is way more interesting than nature. But sometimes things work out best when they don't go exactly as planned.
In this moving and hilarious celebration of young boys, childhood friendships, and the power of the imagination, Marla Frazee captures the very essence of summer vacation and what it means to be a kid.
About the Author
Marla Frazee has illustrated many picture books, including Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers and Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild! by Mem Fox, as well as her own Walk On! and Santa Claus the World's Number One Toy Expert. She lives in Pasadena, California.