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The Graves Family Goes Camping (The Graves Family)

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  98 ratings  ·  14 reviews
When the Graves family goes camping to mysterious Lake Bleakmire, so doall their ghoulish sidekicks—bats, spiders, and even their Venus Flytrap. Yet nothing can prepare them for their latest sidekick: a fire-breathing dragon, who eats the Graves family's irresistible Jum Jills and then follows them home like a stray kitten. How do they get rid of the dragon, especially aft ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published May 19th 2005 by Philomel
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Lisa Vegan
Jan 04, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Patricia Polacco fans, especially those who’ve read & enjoyed the book The Graves Family
Yay! Phoebe, the giant Venus Flytrap plant, a wonderful character from The Graves Family, is back.

I think I might have enjoyed this sequel even more than the original book featuring the Graves family.

This book is replete with creative and hilarious names of things, people, creatures, and places.

This is a perfect book for kids who like scary books that aren’t really scary at all, but very funny and even a bit heartwarming.

The other Graves family book was a Halloween book, and in Union City, Mich
Summary: As a sequel to "The Graves Family," this books tells of the family's summer adventure to Lake Bleakmire, a long forgotten place of wonder and magical creatures. Once the family, their friends Sara and Seth, and, of course, the family nanny, Pheobe, the giant venus fly trap, all pack up and arrive at the lake, they are ready for excitement. They explore the lake and the surrounding forest until one day, they fall into a giant footprint of a fire-breathing dragon! Mrs. Graves makes her ir ...more
Linda Lipko
What fun it was to read this creative and delightfully silly book. The Graves family pack the spiders, venus fly trap and friends and head for Lake Bleakmere. Having great fun collecting rare specimens, the Grave's family take a break to eat some of Mamma Grave's famous Jum Jills.
When a huge dragon approaches and eats all the treats, demanding more, fearful of their lives, the Graves family find that the dragon blocked all exits.

Finding a steam boat, they head down the river to home. Followed cl
Danielle Harriger
PB 22: Overall, I thought the story had many positive features, but I found that the plot line was somewhat bland. I appreciated that Polacco used complex vocabulary (such as “paraphernalia”) that was embedded into simple language so that children could use context-clues to deduce meanings of new words. I always enjoyed learning new words as a child, and I think children can benefit from hearing a variety of words. I was most drawn into the story by the captivating and detailed images, and I thi ...more
Amy Taylor
The Graves Family Goes Camping - Patricia Polacco
This is the story of a very eccentric family and their camping trip to Lake Bleakmire. An unexplored and forgotten land filled with odd and outlandish creatures. While exploring one day the kids fall into a huge hole and are rescued by the family’s nanny, Phoebe a large Venus flytrap. Upon further investigation they discover the hole is actually a large footprint belonging to a fire-breathing dragon. Unfortunately, the dragon has found them as wel
Nov 22, 2010 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun and exciting tale with a strange family, comparable to The Addams Family. They have odd names and scary pets and go on a fantastic camping adventure. The story is crazy and fun to read aloud and we really enjoyed it. Although it isn't specifically a Halloween book and occurs during the summer, the creepy crawlies and ghoulish setting makes it a perfect book to read at the end of summer as Halloween approaches. We haven't read The Graves Family yet, but we're putting it on hold and ...more
Adriana Guillen
This book was different from anything I had ever read in my life. I liked it because it made me think that I would show this book to third graders to show them the difference from fiction and nonfiction because in third grade is when they begin to be introduced to chapter books, books without images and they need to be conscience readers that not everything they read is real and this book is a great beginning mile stone to guide them that path. It also demonstrates family unity and friendships c ...more
Because of my love for well illustrated children's books, someone recommended this author/illustrator - and I'm so glad!

This is a completely fun book, nothing serious about the story of a silly family outing. There are really clever words and word-twists; here are some of my favorites: the mother's name is Shalleaux Graves, they turn left at Longbowel Caves, and we all need a translanuageator!
This story is fun an creative and the illustrations are almost a story inside a story, take time to look
Caitlin Barclay
This book is such an adventure! Even though most of the creatures that are discovered aren't real in this story, the idea of exploring them and researching them and collecting them, is a great way to get students excited about science and it's creatures (if students even need the encouragement). This is just a fun book and Polacco's use of adjectives really enhances the entire adventure! I would use this as an example of using words to make a writing better. This is a great book to read when stu ...more
A longer picture book story suitable for about 1st - 3rd grades. Good, rousing adventure and problem-solving, with Polacco's signature paintings. Mrs. Graves looks like the Bride of Frankenstein with orange hair; her first name is Shalleaux.
This book had me laughing out loud and can't wait to read it aloud to children...or whoever will listen. The illustrations are OUTSTANDING. (Loved the vocabualary words Patricia Polacco uses to perfection.)
Another good one from Patricia Polacco. Not sure she should have revisited the Graves family. Seems a little forced. Perhaps use with a tall tales unit -- or Halloween.
This one doesn't have Christopher Lowell in it, so it made me sad...
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