Calvin Coconut: Man Trip (Calvin Coconut #7)
Calvin and his Mom's boyfriend, Ledward, are good friends. When Ledward wins plane tickets, he invites Calvin to go on a man trip—they'll fly to Hawaii, the Big Island, for a day, and go deep-sea fishing. Wow! Calvin's never been on a plane, or any boat but his skiff. What a day—Calvin catches his first big fish, an ono. But that's nothing compared to what happens when Led...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Wendy Lamb Books
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Apr 16, 2012 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This is a great addition to the Calvin Coconut series, and I think it will be just as accessible to those new to the series as Calvin's dedicated readers. In particular, I like that Ledward teaches Calvin to think twice about how he is treating the creatures around him - toads and fish - and to realize that being a man doesn't mean being cruel (even unintentionally). As always, I like that Ledward is supportive of the entire Coconut family and encourages Calvin to respect his mom. Although the d...more
Calvin is the man of the house. His main job is mowing the lawn. But do you think he does it without his mom nagging him? What about the bufo toads, that he runs over in the tall grass? His mom's boyfriend Ledward wins plane tickets, he proposes a man trip for himself & Calving to go deep sea fishing. Calvin is so excited cause he's never flown before or gone deep sea fishing. After a wonderful day of fishing and fishing tales, can Calvin step up and become the man he needs to be for his fam...more
I continue to enjoy Calvin & his adventures a great deal. Boys will continue to love Calvin, the gross things he does (the book opens with toads & a lawnmower - enough said), & his boyish enthusiasms - this one will especially get any kids who are aspiring fishermen. From an adult perspective, I'm really enjoying seeing Calvin's relationship with his mom's boyfriend, Ledward, develop & grow. It's an important message about the real difference having a positive relationship with a...more
The 7th in the series about 4th grader Calvin, his family and friends in a small town in Oahu. This time the message is one of being kind to animals, from Calvin not squishing all the toads that live in his lawn to returning marlins back to the sea on a deep sea fishing trip with his mom's long time boyfriend. I've always liked this easier level series for its seemingly authentic portrayal of Hawaiian life.Illus. by Jacqueline Rogers are also great.
Feb 05, 2012 Katie Fitzgerald rated it 5 of 5 stars
I am reading this series out of order, mainly because I read the books as I am able to find them, so it's possible that earlier books have shown a quieter, more contemplative side of Calvin. But for me, after reading Trouble Magnet and Zoo Breath, where Calvin is mainly causing trouble and investigating the disgustingness of life, the Calvin of Man Trip feels like a brand new character. I absolutely loved being inside Calvin's mind, and actually seeing the transformation he undergoes on the fish...more
Aug 08, 2012 Karen Arendt rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Calvin has just enough attitude to be man of the house despite being in 4th grade. His mom wants him to mow the lawn but Calvin does not treat the frogs in the yard kindly. After a fishing trip with mom's boyfriend, Calvin learns to appreciate and respect nature a little better. Boys will enjoy this next addition in the Calvin series.
Oct 31, 2012 Yoonmee rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Cute story about a 4th grade local boy in Hawaii who goes on a fishing trip with his mother's boyfriend. The added environmental/animal activism element is a nice touch. Good easy reader for boys age 7 and up. I'll probably try to find this series in the library and see if the 2nd grade boy I nanny enjoys it.
This was my first time with this series and I'm so glad I read it! It's a great read for reluctant boy readers as well as younger, avid readers. The setting is interesting (Hawaii), Calvin has typical feelings and problems (procrastinating on chores, looking for a male role model) and the story moves along nicely.
Graham Salisbury comes from a 100-year line of newspapermen, all associated with Hawaii's morning paper, the Honolulu Advertiser. Although a career as a newsman could have been possible, Salisbury chose to imagine rather than report. "I enjoy writing about characters who might have been. To me, exploring fictional themes, situations, and lives is a quietly exhilarating experience. There are times...moreMore about Graham Salisbury...