Author: Gott, Barry
Summer is here! But Jake doesn't want to go to summer camp. Even if camp is on the moon. Sure enough, he gets lost during the nature hike, his air canoe springs a leak, there's scary noises at night, and he's pretty sure he's allergic to moon dust. The worst part? He misses home. But then a new kid named Sam arrives and maybe Moon Camp isn't so bad after all.
Kirkus Reviews (04/01/21)
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Booklist - 04/15/2021 Reluctantly, Lucas goes along with his parents’ plan to send him to summer camp on the moon. And just as he expects, it’s a dud. Experiencing zero gravity in the rocket ship makes him feel “barfy.” As the last kid to disembark, he’s assigned a wall-mounted sleeping bag (the bunk beds were taken), and the only activity still available: “looking at rocks.” But when the next group of campers arrives and Lucas notices Sam, who looks similarly homesick and miserable, they quickly bond. Everything seems brighter with a friend. Soon they’re enjoying nature walks, campfires, and their own “super-double-decker blanket fort.” Later, back on Earth, Lucas smiles, remembering moon camp and planning to return next summer. It’s a classic summer camp plotline, with an imaginative, space-age twist that adds immediate appeal. In childlike sentences (“There’s no video games or oxygen or ANYTHING fun”), the first-person text conveys Lucas' shifting emotions throughout the story. Featuring firm, black outlines, Gott’s cartoonlike illustrations use warm colors particularly effectively within gray, lunar-surface settings. An inviting, amusing picture book. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.