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A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee
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Oct 08, 09

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Marla Frazee’s, A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever gives a creative and realistic account of two boys, James and Eamon who go to nature camp. The funny thing is that the author does not actually write much about nature camp, nor do the boys care too much about it. The main focus is the boys’ adventures at Eamon’s grandparents, where they stay each night after camp. While Grandpa Bill tries to entice the boys with a trip to the Natural History Museum to visit the penguins, the boys are more interested in playing video games, eating Grandma Pam’s yummy food, and being silly together. Although the major focus of this book is the silly interactions of the characters, there is still an element of family affection. On the last night at Bill and Pam’s the boys make a creative surprise for the grandparents. This book is a Caldecott Honor winner and it is easy to see why. The pencil illustrations are colorful and entertaining. Each page has a lot to look at and attention to detail is obvious. Perhaps what is most interesting about the illustrations is how necessary they are to the story. Without Frazee’s pictures and speech bubbles, readers would not understand the true sarcasm on many of the pages. This illustrated sarcasm allows even adults to appreciate the humor. As a teacher I could use this book to show how illustrations and text both tell the story in a picture book. Perhaps I could read the text first, covering the picture and ask what my students thought the page meant. Then I could reveal the picture and ask if their idea of the meaning changed. Whether it is used for instruction or entertainment, this book would be enjoyed by many children ages 4-9.
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message 1: by (NS) Sue (new)

(NS) Sue I thought this book was clever and irreverent. My boys loved it. I also appreciated the sarcasm--i.e. illustrations vs. text.


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