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3.33  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Harry and Clare are stuck at home for their spring break. No exotic locations, no plane trips, no exciting plans. So they make their own fun: the living room becomes Mars, the diving board at the pool becomes a pirate's plank and the local playground where the man-eating octopus lives. The trouble is, older sister Clare is the one making all the rules, and that means decid ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Tundra Books (NY)
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Sandra
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Harry and Clare are staying home this spring break, and to make things worse the weather is not helping. They don't seem to care, though. They do an expedition to Mars, and also a cars race. They play pirates, and school, and circus, and jungle. Everything would be perfect if Clare wasn't the only one making the rules, and, what it is worse, if she wouldn't manage to always eat both their snacks... Harry has a plan, and when he gets to hoard some supplies of "asteroid burgers" and "volcano stick ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY)

RATING: 3.5 STARS

On Harry and Clare's first day of vacation it rains. The two siblings decide to use their imagination to go adventures together. They don't always agree but they always have fun. A cute story with good illustrations.
Literary  Chanteuse
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
The dreaded raining days where kids need to play indoors and use their imagination is always a fun topic to explore and Clare and Harry do just that with flying colors. Clare is much like an older sister and is the self appointed leader with Harry feeling neglected and unheard. He endures methods of abuse such as walking the plank and having his snacks constantly consumed by Claire. Truly a lot of fun with some sibling rivalry yet as real best friends they work it out in the end.

I received a co
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Wayne McCoy
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
'Harry and Clare's Amazing Staycation' by Ted Staunton with illustrations by Mika Song is about the power of imagination, and also about the power of kindness.

Harry and Clare are on spring break. They are stuck at home. It is raining. What are two kids to do? On Monday, they go exploring the volcanoes of Mars in the living room. Harry carries the luggage, Clare carries the snacks. This happens through the week. Harry has an idea. Will his idea work and will he get to finally eat a snack?

I love b
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The Library Lady
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Nothing deep here, simply a book about siblings making their own fun with their imaginations and little brother dealing with a bossy big sister. Still, it's fun on both counts, and nice to see kids who don't require "apps" or adults to have a good time.
Michelle (FabBookReviews)

On Monday of vacation it rained. Harry and his sister Clare stayed in and went to Mars. Mars looked a lot like the the family room, except for the volcanoes. Harry carried the luggage. Clare, being older, carried the snacks.

Acclaimed Canadian author Ted Staunton (Who I'm Not, Jump Cut) and illustrator Mika Song (A Friend for Henry with author Jenn Bailey) team up for the delightful, funny and imaginative Harry and Clare's Amazing Staycation. Harry and his older sister Clare are staying at hom
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Barbra
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Harry and Clare have amazing adventures just by staying home. Their imagination takes them to Mars, through volcanos and quicksand, and onto a pirate ship. However it seems to be Clare making all the rules, including who gets to eat all the treats. Harry soon hatches a food snatching plan of his own. A great book to read with children and inspire their imaginations.
June
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Imagination and sibling requests
Recommended to June by: Capitol Choices
More of a 3.5, but I have a soft part for stories involving imagination. While enjoying his sister's wild adventures, Harry discovers how to be in control of the snacks and have a say in what they play.

Beth
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I am a huge fan of staycations so even the sneaky lesson about getting along with your sibling did not distract from this story of two kids with a lot of imagination. I liked how the illustration combined the real works with their dreams.
Connie T.
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love the blend of imagination and real life surroundings as Clare and Harry embark on their adventures. Younger siblings will appreciate how Harry turns the tables on Clare. Sibling rivalry and cooperation at its best!
Em
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
With no plans for travel, and long rainy days to contend with, Harry and his big sister, Clare are at home having a staycation. Their living room becomes Mars, complete with lava spewing volcanoes and the playground becomes a dangerous, wild animal filled jungle. In typical bossy, big sister fashion, Clare takes charge as the pirate queen making Harry walk the plank at the pool, as the lion tamer making him jump through hoops, and of course, being the oldest, she drives the Pasta Linguini car at ...more
A Allen
Dec 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
More than anything else, this book is about food, rumbling bellies, and Harry's older sibling finding reasons to eat his snack when they play together. Not at all what I was expecting and not cute. This book may be troubling for readers who have experienced food insecurity or food-related trauma.
Pam
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
You can have lots of adventures even when you stay home over vacation.
Marcie
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: imaginary-play
Remember reading earlier. Not sure why it never got reviewed. Might pair with and old imaginary play book (Regards to the Man in the Moon).
emyrose8
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5- Cute and creative. I was expecting a book about a brother and sister being creative when they’re stuck inside, but there’s also lessons to be learned about sharing and taking turns when playing.
Danette
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Using your imagination.

2/22/17 Read with Naomi.
Mireille Messier
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun story about imagination and where it can take you!
Brandy
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
I think the concept is perfect, especially reading this on my first day of spring break. However, the character development was weak, and the illustrations were inconsistent. On the playground you could see both reality and their imaginative creatures or setting, but not when they were at home. The sister and brother not sharing development was not really unresolved.

I'd recommend for a picture book at home but not for a school read-aloud.

Thank you Tundra Books and Penguin Random House for the h
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Sue Mosher
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book about a boy and his bossy big sister and their adventures at home. Could be read differently depending on your own birth order. :-)
Storywraps
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's finally Spring Break. Clare and her little brother Harry are looking forward to a wonderful vacation. But wait? There are no tickets for an airplane, bus, boat, or even train hanging on their fridge that will transport them to a wonderful destination. So what could be their alternative? Why, a Staycation of course!!!

Monday arrives admidst a rainy shroud and the kids then have to ignite their brain power to create something magical, (and indoors) to do. Brilliantly they transform the living
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Tasha
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Brother and sister, Harry and Clare, aren’t going anywhere for their spring break plus it’s raining. But they manage to visit exotic locales anyway, using their imaginations. Their living room turns into the volcanic surface of Mars. The next day they raced cars in the grocery store. The third day, they went to the local pool and Harry was forced to walk the plank. In fact, every day Clare decided on the game and then managed to eat Harry’s snack along with her own. As the week went by though, H ...more
Tracie
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Two siblings use great imagination to make their snacks and their staycation interesting.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, netgalley
This is a fun book about imagination, siblings and their rank in the family, as well as making the best of a situation. Fun illustrations accompany the text about Harry and Clare and how they spend their spring break.

Harry and Clare are stuck at home for their vacation. Not only are they not going anywhere, but it is raining. Not a problem for these two imaginative children. The living room becomes Mars, the diving board at the pool becomes a pirate's plank and the local playground becomes the o
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Wyldrabbit
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Harry and Clare's Amazing Staycation By Ted Staunton

Harry and Clare are stuck at home for their spring break. No exotic locations, no plane trips, no exciting plans. So they make their own fun: the living room becomes Mars, the diving board at the pool becomes a pirate's plank and the local playground where the man-eating octopus lives. The trouble is, older sister Clare is the one making all the rules, and that means deciding on the game AND eating all the food. But Harry has a plan to turn the
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Carly
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Harry and Clare's Amazing Staycation is a glimpse into the inventive and creative playtime of a brother and sister making the most of their time at home. Harry is bossed around by big sister Clare and he stands up for himself towards the end - hooray for you, Harry!
Great illustrations and funny dialogue make this title perfect for ages 4-8.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Ryan
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love a book that shows a child using their imagination. They see octopi in the weeds and monsters in squirrels. This book shows that with a little imagination, you never have to stay in one place when you take a staycation.
Tara
I received this arc from Netgalley for an honest review.

Harry and Clare and spending spring break at home this year. No traveling for them. What will they do for an entire week. Together they use their imagination to come up with exciting new adventures every day.
Kelly
I liked the idea of the book...making the most of the imagination when stuck at home. But I wasn't fond of the book at all.
Andréa
Note: I received a digital galley of this book through NetGalley.
Jessica ☕
Nov 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, kids-storybooks
More like 3.5 stars.

Review to follow closer to publication.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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