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A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee
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Oct 05, 2009

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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.
In this moving and hilarious celebration of young boys, childhood friendships, and the power of the imagination, Marla Frazee captures the very essence of summer vacation and what it means to be a kid.

Potential Audience (Reading level): Early/ Transitional

Genre: Animated fiction

Topic: Summer adventure away from home at the beach and nature camp

Specific Curricular uses: Independent reading and read aloud

Social issues the book addresses:
How to find common ground. Generation gaps and dealing with being away from home.

Specific literary elements: The characters evolve through out the story. The boy start out egocentric and eventually are able to expand their thinking and accept the ideals of others. I would consider the boys to be dynamic because of this change.

Interactions and counter actions of text and images: Text and Images depend on each other. They are very closely related and one could not exist with out the other. By using the comic speech bubbles, the author invites us in to the minds of the characters.

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