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The Cookcamp (Alida #1)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  532 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Told through the eyes of a 5-year-old boy, this is a story of adventure and discovery in a cookcamp located in the Canadian woods during World War II.

When?: World War II
Where?: A cookcamp in the Canadian woods
Why?: He's not really sure.
One summer, a 5-year-old boy goes to live with his grandmother in a cookcamp. The camp is home to 9 men who are building a road through the
Paperback, 117 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Scholastic (first published 1991)
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Jake Handrich
May 22, 2015 Jake Handrich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book "Cook Camp" because it was an outdoors book. This book is about a young boy who gets sent away to live with his grandma, his grandma works for a highway business in Canada. When the boy went to live with his grandma he found out she cooks for the men working on the road in a small trailer house next to where they were working. He started going to work with the men and sitting in their Machines. Later in the book his grandma gets sick and has to go to the hospital, the young boy ...more
Sarah Sammis
Jul 26, 2011 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pc
Excellent book! As with the other Paulsen books I've read, this story weaves together the adventure of living at a construction camp with the bittersweetness of being without family and the loss of loved ones. In this story a young boy (probably between the ages of 4 and 6) lives with his grandmother near the close of WWII while his mother settles some personal affairs. Throughout the boy must balance the excitement of living somewhere new with homesickness he is feeling. Meanwhile the grandmoth ...more
Cole Lorenzo
This book was interesting and kept my attention. I would recommend this book to my class. I like novels and books that make you think of whats going to happen next.Then when you read them there is a twist in the book that takes you in another direction.
Jul 06, 2016 Robin rated it really liked it
A sweet story of a little boy During the war...a tender [autobiographical] tribute to his grandmother by Gary Paulsen. The first of three books written about her.
Isaiah Rafael Cornelio
A boy goes to meet his grandma because his father is in the war and he goes to a camp called the Cooked Camp and doesn't like it at first then he learns to like it

My favorite part is when his grandma shows up. Another part that was my favorite was when he goes to work with Gustaf (another character in the story). It is a short book so this is a short summary because there there was not to much to the book but none of the less it was interesting don't let this summery stop you from reading it (
Spencer G
Jan 29, 2015 Spencer G rated it really liked it
The book the “Cookcamp” by Gary Paulsen is about a boy who is sent to the uppermost part of Minnesota. His train ride there takes a day, with nobody on the train except for the porter he is bored out of his mind. Once they arrive they let him off at the station but no one is there. He waits for a day until his grandma finally comes to pick him up. On the long ride to their house he wonders what there is to do. His grandmother feeds and houses the 7 men that build roads along the cookcamp. What i ...more
Jan 20, 2010 Leslie rated it really liked it
Read with Gavin...quick and easy so he can get his AR points and read the books he 'wants' to read. We both actually liked this one and cried a little bit through it!

Gavin and I have decided we're reading through Gary Paulsen books this year (this may be the only way I can get him to still read with me). Yeah! Thanks for writing books that my son thinks I should read with him ==way to go, Gary Paulsen!
Aly Poole
May 14, 2014 Aly Poole rated it really liked it
The book The Cookcamp was a wonderful book to read if you just finished reading a more complex book. I loved the imagery of where the camp is, how the little boy played outside. Before the camp he lived with his mother in Chicago, the time of the book was World War II when all the women started working while the men were off at war. While his mom was at work he had a careless babysitter to watch him, but to make his mother feel better he would tell her he liked his babysitter. After seeing his m ...more
Amazing look at Author's grandmother and growing up.
The Building of roads, Life during WWII and just being young.
Ben Drewelow
Mar 03, 2015 Ben Drewelow rated it really liked it
We read this book in my middle school English class for Read Aloud. This review is from an 8th Grader named Eric:

"My first impression on this when I started reading The Cookcamp wasn't very good but as I read through the story I started liking it more and more. To put it simply, for a book with no real plot or story, it's pretty darn good. Although, there are a few things that didn't really settle with me such as, what's the boy's name, how old is he and what's the story behind Uncle Casey? But
Kathleen Payne
Mar 21, 2016 Kathleen Payne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful Gary Paulsen book about his Norwegian grandmother that was a cook in a mountain construction camp in northern Canada during WWII. Her 5 year old grandson came by train and spent a summer with her in the cook camp while his mother was "figuring out life". What a beautiful read! Paulsen has woven his family history into this story and created such a wonderful tale. I am officially working my way through the children's section of the local library, reading any and all of his books ...more
Krista Stevens
Jul 30, 2014 Krista Stevens rated it liked it
Shelves: boys, grades-3-5
Sweet and a little strange story Luke, five-years-old, who is sent alone on a train (did I mention alone?) to live with his Grandmother who is a cook in a logging camp. His father is fighting in World War I and his mother, well, she's an absolute loser.

Grandma, however, is a delightful Norwegian woman who can cook for an entire camp, perform emergency surgery when necessary and works hard to have her grandson reunited with her pathetic daughter. The Grandma is modeled, I believe off of Paulsen's
Oct 26, 2011 05HaydenT rated it it was ok
Today I read The Cookcamp by Gary Paulsen. Normally I dont like Gary Paulsen books but this one is quite a bit better and is definitely my favorite one out of his books. It is about a boy (it never mentions his name) who sounds like he is about 4 or 5 (doesnt mention his age either)who goes to his grandmas camp where she cooks food for a bunch of hungry construction workers.

The story takes place during WWII. The story starts off with a little boy on a train with a note pinned to his jacket tha
Jul 01, 2011 Hunter rated it really liked it
We are skipping over the mature theme about his mother's boyfriend. My son is loving this story so far.

July 1, 2011: Hunter really liked this story and he did not want it to end. He liked the descriptions of how the boy worked with the men, the equipment, the pocketknife, and the spitting. He was most concerned at the end about the boy not seeing his grandmother again until he was all grown up and too big to sit on her lap. He got a bit choked up thinking about his Grama being out of town and wo
In this story a young boy is shoved off by his mother( who is reverting back to her more flirtatious ways being that she is single) to a Cook Camp up in northern Canada. Here the young boy gets a harsh but necessary experience with "real men" in the deep woods where he learns to take care of himself. This is a compelling realistic fictional story about finding our way in life, believing in ourselves as well as those around us. This would make a wonderful class chapter book, because the author Ga ...more
Sep 11, 2015 Hayden rated it liked it
The Cookcamp, by Gary Paulsen, is about a boy who goes to live with his grandma in the Canadian woods. At first the boy doesn't want to go to live in the woods but quickly realizes how great it is. His grandma lives in a small trailer and cooks for workers who are making roads through the woods. The boy meets the workers and the workers show him all about their work. The boy starts to enjoy eating and working with all the people at the camp.
Damien S.
Oct 22, 2009 Damien S. rated it liked it
I learned about a boy that moved to his grandmother's cook trailer where she cooked for men working on the roads. The boy went there because his father was away at war and his mother needed some alone time with his Uncle Casey. The boy's mother put him on a train to go to his grandmothers cooking trailer by himself. The boy stayed at the cook trailer for a long period of time. He learned how to cook and created a strong bond with his grandmother and the men working on the road. The boy started t ...more
Stacy Stoker
Oct 13, 2016 Stacy Stoker rated it liked it
I love most Gary Paulsen books. I liked this one. It is overall good and has some of his signature story elements in it- wilderness, etc. but it didn't intrigue me like so many of his books do. I wonder if it is a memoir about his own life, but it never comes right out and says that, although I would hazard a guess that it is. In which case, I would bump my rating to a 4-star.
Dec 04, 2012 Mary rated it it was ok
Shelves: english-420

Told through the eyes of a small boy, who is sent to live with his grandmother in the woods while his mother works in Chicago and his father is away fighting in WWI. The boy learns from the men who work on the roads and cooks for them with his grandmother. But he just can't stop missing his mom.

I was delightfully surprised by this book. Paulsen is really good about talking about things without really talking about things. This seemingly simple story had within it layers of
Melissa McLees
Sep 04, 2014 Melissa McLees rated it really liked it
I did not understand at first what the 5 year old child's name was, but I really liked the way Gary Paulsen wrote this book in what seemed to me to be in the third party style. I enjoyed the story a great deal, and I am hoping to read a lot more of Gary Paulsen's book
John Park
Oct 22, 2014 John Park rated it liked it
I have abandon this book nearly at third- quarter because I did not get the story. However in the start of the story, a kid is alone because his parents were not picking her up. Also his mom had a new boyfriend.
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Ellen Marchessault
Excellent story by an excellent writer. Young boy goes to live with his grandmother in northern Minnesota one summer during World War II.
Jun 18, 2015 Belle rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Gary Paulsen books are good. Period. This is a historical fiction book set in Minnesota, full of adventure and wonder.
Mary Rank
It just wasn't very well written. Somewhat boring. Nothing really happened to make it exciting or compelling.
Jun 02, 2016 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gary Paulsen has yet to disappoint me. This is a discreet yet real, gentle story of a young boy's adventure.
Zack Haffner
Apr 18, 2011 Zack Haffner rated it it was amazing
The cookcamp is about a little boy whose dad is off to war and his mother is with another man. The boy is only five years old and doesnt really know whats going on. He is sent to live with his grandma who works as a cook at a trailer for 9 huge tree logging men. They all respect her because she is such a good cook. The boy gets to do a bunch of man jobs and learns what its really like to be a man. Its a great book, but can get kind of boring just because its kind of the same stuff over and over ...more
Jan 13, 2012 CatcherR rated it really liked it
Its a pretty good simple read thats almost g buts actually pg because of a part some little kids won't realize. :P It was good I guess and deserves 4 stars. It was realaxed and normal like real life. Not much drama or even a real climax which is something I expect of books.
I expect that books should be either journals, fictions, or have a climax. Hard to explain but its a good read with not too much of excitement. Its more of a warmth-homely-feeling book. do you get what I mean?? thats all I ca
Jan 26, 2016 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grandmothers
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