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A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  3,618 ratings  ·  413 reviews
A 2009 Caldecott Honor Book

When James and Eamon go to a week of Nature Camp and stay at Eamon's grandparents' house, it turns out that their free time spent staying inside, eating waffles, and playing video games is way more interesting than nature. But sometimes things work out best when they don't go exactly as planned.  

This Caldecott Honor-winning book is a moving an
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2008)
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This book is a lot of fun.

2 friends James and Eamon spend a week together at Eamon's grandparents house while they go to nature camp. They are funny kids and they get along great. It's cute to see them together. For being at nature camp, they sure spend a lot of time indoors, but they find the magic of nature the last day. They are also very interested in Antartica.

The nephew thought this book was a lot of fun. He loves to have video playing days. He found this book a fun buddy comedy (not his
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
One Librarian Had the Best Reading Experience Ever with this wonderful title.

It is what I thought of as a quintessential American picture book -- it is about summer camp, spending time with your best buddy, by the beach, with someone's grandparents, having a great time doing all sorts of stuff and some mischief under the grown-ups' noses. But more over, it is a picture book that NEEDS to be read WITH the pictures. I'm not saying that all picture books should do what the author/illustrator have d
Nov 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Kids will like this one. Adults, eh. Not so much. Which is fine, because it isn't for adults, after all. But even conceding that point, there are still Marla Frazee's illustrations, and who needs more than that?

Plus, anyone who has ever planned for children some activities you think are fun and educational, only to have the kids opt out to stay home and wrestle, will identify with poor Bill. But he keeps trying, bless his heart....
Mar 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I gave this book another try after listening to the discussion about it at the ALA Notable Committee. And I've got to say, I'm a convert... so I'm changing my star rating of this one.

I'm starting to come to the conclusion that I'm the only person in the world who didn't like this book. I found it confusing (not good in a picture book) and it took me a few tries to get through it. I think this is one of those books that is really written for adults, and not for 4-6 year olds.

It's hard for m
Ch_hayley Medsker
Feb 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The humour in this comic-like picture book is sure to make elementary aged students laugh. Readers have to really understand sarcism to relate to Marla Frazee's "A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever."
Two boys, Eamon and James, go to Eamon's grandparents house at the beach. The two boys are looking forward to spending time together at a nature summer camp. The boys bond over the course of the week, and really discover a lot about nature (not really)! However, Eamon and James do emabark on so
Laura Rumohr
Oct 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever is a picture book written for students in grades 2-5. The book was written with various amounts of text on each page along with character dialogue that contributes to the importance of the story. The story begins as 2 boys go away from home to stay with Eamon's (one of the boys) grandparents during a week of Nature Camp. When they get to the grandparents house (Bill and Pam) the boys enjoy spending time with them. They eat peanut butter and honey
Debbie Reiber
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee is a contemporary realistic fiction book. The book was a Randolph Caldecott honor book in 2009. The age group this book is intended for is primary to intermediate. The book is about two friends going to a nature summer camp. They weren’t too impressed with the camp, but they had a great time being together the whole week.
I enjoyed the book, but I felt it was written with a little bit of humor and contradictions that would be over a child’s
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Two pals have more fun hanging out together than they do at the Nature Camp they're attending.


This is pretty cute, though I was annoyed the boys didn't go see the penguin exhibit at the museum.

Bet Eamon's grandparents were glad when that week was over!
Alex  Baugh
This is a delightful tongue in cheek picture book about two friends, James and Eamon, who are signed up for a week at Nature Camp and who will be staying with Eamon’s grandparents Bill and Pam during camp. Bill is a real nature lover whose biggest desire is to go to Antarctica, but try as he might, he just can’t get “Jamon” (as he called the boys) interested beyond the coffee ice-cream icebergs with hard chocolate sauce on top that Pam gives them to eat. And when Bill invites Jamon to see a peng ...more
May 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
This nostalgic tale captures the transitional mind set of two young boys from the suburbs, Eamon and James who find themselves falling into their usual routine of video games and television while at a grandparents beach house for a week but on the last evening unexpectedly they experience adventures and new found joy from using their imagination and a few sea shells they create a magical moment that most readers are able to connect with. It was a fun page turner with whole lot humor. It was exci ...more
Both my 9 yo and I just thought this was okay. It's humorous and full of irony but neither the story nor the illustrations really wowed me. (I know that things that tickle others' funny bones often don't cause that reaction for me...and some things that I think are really funny aren't that humorous to others. So I suspect many people would find this much more enjoyable than me.)
Kelly Holmes
Jan 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-book, fiction
This book has lots of funny bits, and the illustrations are cute. My only problem with it was that it's a little slow getting started--I had to read the first page several times to get all the names and relationships to stick in my head. ...more
Sep 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
A couple of boys have the best week ever
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever is a picture book that is written with graphic novel characteristics of dialogue bubbles throughout the text. This story is about two boys that go to Eamon’s grandparent’s house for a week in the summer for a “nature camp.” The grandparents have distinct personalities as the grandpa wants to see penguins and nature, while the grandma wants to cook and feed the boys. When the boys come home each day from cam
Kathryn Herbert
Sep 16, 2014 rated it liked it
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, a storybook written and illustrated by Marla Frazee, is about two young boys named James and Eamon. These ordinary boys spend a week of their summer vacation living with Eamon’s grandparents and going to Nature Camp. Bill, Eamon’s grandpa, constantly wants to share his knowledge of Antarctica and love for penguins. Pam, Eamon’s grandma, has a passion for cooking. Eamon’s grandparents are laid back in the sense that are happy to have the boys be independe ...more
(NS) Brea M
Oct 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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 ...more
Maggie Hahn
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever is about two friends, James and Eamon, who join together to attend Nature Camp for a week. They are staying at Eamon's grandparents house and are driven to camp each morning, only to discover that their nature camp isn't as nature-y as suspected. The grandfather (Bill) tries to instill his love for nature, especially Antarctica, on the boys. James and Eamon do everything together all week, during and after camp. The boys' week quickly comes to an end, but ...more
Anna Lawrence
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Personal Reaction:
This book was very creative and that's what I really enjoyed about it! I liked the irony of James and Eamon being at outdoors camp and how they rarely experienced being outside and enjoying it. One thing I thought was funny was how brutally honest they were (especially to Bill!) and they told him if they didn't want to do something or how they truly felt about it. Thinking back to when I was that age, even if I didn't like something I would have lied and said I liked it or didn
Kaitlin McDonough
The illustrations of this book feel like a comic book. The book and a lot of jokes and comedy included that elementary students would love. This book would be a good read a loud book in first, second, or third grade right before summer break starts and then the students could tell the class what they plan on doing during their summer break. Kids will love this book because it is something that they can relate to. The book follows to best friends and their adventures throughout their stay and adv ...more
Rachel Lizan
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs-642
Description: Best friends, James and Eamon, spend a week a week at nature camp but have the best time, not at camp, but spending time together.

Genre: This Picture book is realistic fiction

Intended Audience: 1st Grade - 3rd Grade

Curriculum Connection: For elementary grades, I think this is a great example for students to use as a model for narrative writing. The topic of the best week ever is one that many students can relate to. Their writings and descriptions can be accompanied by their illust
Mrs. Van
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Marla Frazee combines text and dialogue bubbles to tell the story of two young boys and their summer adventure. James and Eamon are heading to "Nature Camp" at the beach with Eamon's grandparents. The two boys have all sorts of fun while avoiding much of nature. The dialogue bubbles add much to the story by sharing what the boys are thinking. The grandpa is quite a character and tries to get the boys interested in penguins but to no avail. The boys end up surprising the grandparents and the read ...more
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Imagine your best week ever. What did you do? Who were you with? Well in this book, two friends, Eamon (pronounced Ay-mun) and James spend the week with Eamon’s grandparents and have the best week ever. James was sad when his mom left…NOT! And shhhhh, don’t tell anyone but Grandpa Bill uses bad words when he drives the boys to nature camp. The boys get to eat icebergs, jump on their bed, check out each other’s tongues, practice meditation (well, in front of the t.v.), spend time at the beach (we ...more
Lucía Díaz
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
In A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever! two boys, Eamon and James, go to Eamon’s grandparents’ house for “nature camp”. The thing is they hardly ever go outside, they spend most of their time enjoying each other’s company, watching TV, jumping on the inflatable mattress, and playing video games. The book uses childlike illustrations that include speech bubbles which I feel makes the story more fun.

Aside from the cute and fitting illustrations I liked that the story was incredibly relatable
Cassandra Gelvin
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Camp! Grandparents! Fun!

It's cute. Two boys, friends, are staying at the home of the grandparents of one of the boys. The grandfather is really interested in penguins and Antarctica. They're staying there for a week while they go to nature camp during the day. The grandfather keeps trying to get them to go to the natural history museum to look at the penguins, but they don't. They go to camp, and hang out, and generally have fun the way kids do together. They play, make forts, have a popcorn par
A great example of a picture book with three different stories: the one told by the text, the one implied by the pictures, and the third (the best one!) resulting from the combination of the other two:

And, in general, I just LOVE Marla Frazee's illustrations:
Kate Hastings
Dec 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Grades 1-4 humor camping vacations summer
Two boys go to "nature camp." Which is ironic because they try their best to NEVER do anything outside while vacationing near the beach. They eat ice cream, watch TV,sleep in sleeping bags on an air mattress in the spare bedroom, play video games, etc.
Then on their last night... they go OUTSIDE... and have the best part of their week. Funny.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a riot to read aloud to kids. I read it to 2nd and 1st grades . . . stick to the 2nd graders, they see more humor in the words vs pictures. The 1st graders are too innocent to find the humor in the sarcasm, so let's let them stay that way just a little longer. :) ...more
How super cute is this book?! It's chock full of the wondrous energy of being a kid with just the right splash of summer vacation fun. Loved it. ...more
Super cute book with lots of funny moments.
Dec 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
I honestly couldn't find a reason for the story to exist... let alone be published. If anyone does, let me know. It was almost as if it was speaking a language I didn't know. ...more
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee is a hilarious celebration of young boys, childhood friendships, the love of grandparents, and the power of the imagination.

Frazee's illustrations were done in black prismacolor and gouache on stonehenge paper. The comic-like characters should appeal to children. While some of the nature camp activity is mentioned in the text, much is revealed in a picture of the things they bring home on the last day and the endpapers that look like snap
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