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Book Review and Giveaway: Wolf Camp. Ends October 26th

Wolf Camp written by Katie McKy and illustrated by Bonnie Leick

In a delightful mix of intrigue and humor, a young girl named Maddie goes to Wolf Camp and comes back with disturbing new habits — wolf-like habits. Kids will be fascinated with the idea of transformation into an animal, and parents will recognize the sense of change their children undergo at summer camp.

My Review: Maddie goes to Wolf Camp for two weeks and came back home with some unusual habits. Her character changes included sniffing, growling, howling and playing tug-o-war with her dog tugging with her mouth instead of her hands. Wolf Camp is a fun picture book and children will have fun reading all about Maddie and her unusual behavior. During Maddie unusual behavior after returning back from camp is that her parents still loved her unconditional.

After a few months, Maddie went back to normal playing tug-o- war with her hands instead of her mouth and no longer wailed at the fire truck siren. But did her behavior last long? Find out when Maddie decided to go off to Bear Camp.

I love color and the way the illustrations captures both the innocence and wildness of Maddie. I highly recommend this book for parents sending off their children to camp.



Pumpkin Town! Or, Nothing Is Better and Worse Than Pumpkins written by Katie McKay and illustrated by Pablo Bernasconi

One pumpkin makes a tasty pie. Two pumpkins can be carved into grinning jack-o’lanterns, and a couple hundred more make for a decent pumpkin patch. Gather one thousand pumpkins and you’ll have a grand fall festival. But what happens when a town has an accidental abundance of pumpkins? What do José and his brothers do with a mountain of pumpkins? An EXPLOSION of pumpkins? Step intoPumpkinTownand see!

My Review: Jose and his family grew pumpkins. And during fall season, Jose and his family would gather all the pumpkins for sale but saved the biggest and brightest seeds and the small and duller seeds are tossed at the edge of the field. But the discarded seeds were blown away by the wind in to the next town. The neighbors woke up to find out that the pumpkins have grown all over the town making it hard for the people to walk.

When Jose and his brothers arrived at the town one day they saw that it was covered in pumpkins. They knew they were responsible and they set about to put things right.

I love that the story teaches us about responsibilities and that when you know you are at fault for your action and do something to resolve the problem the reward is not only gratitude but there might be a gift. The distorted proportions of the illustration are sure to catch a child’s interest in the book. I high recommend this book.

Age: 4 – 8

Pages: 32

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.


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Giveaway for Pumpkin Town – Oct 24 – 31


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October 11, 2011 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Another unique book to put on y Holiday shopping list. Katie, your book sounds like a lot of fun and I know my grandkids will enjoy reading it and then probably imitating it. lol
    I love how vibrant and colorful the illustrations are.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol ( dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | October 11, 2011 | Reply

  2. Wolf Camp sounds like a fun book for a child to read. Their imagination is encouraged while reading about Maddie’s transformation. I like the illustration that is shown in the review.

    Comment by Nicole Sender | October 11, 2011 | Reply

  3. Wolf Camp sounds like so much fun. Who wouldn’t want to learn how to be a wolf then actually get to come home and act like one? Its always fun to hear about experiences at camp and I’m sure this girl had some very unique ones. The cover looks great and I really think my little one would love it!

    can you post the link to t he books you have for sale by this author please?

    Comment by larissa brunken | October 12, 2011 | Reply

  4. Wolf Camp sounds like a great book to read to a child who might be going to summer camp for the first time. Also I think it would appeal to children that love animals. The cover illustration appears to represent the book well. Suzanne Purvis

    Comment by Suzanne | October 12, 2011 | Reply

  5. This would be wonderful for my niece, going into summer camp for the first time next year. I love how it encourages the reader and it also sounds like such a fun book!

    Comment by lisa | October 13, 2011 | Reply

  6. What an adorable blog.


    Comment by Elizabeth | October 13, 2011 | Reply

  7. Reminds me of my summer camp days; we were allowed to act like complete idiots and get away with it. But when we went home the fun was done and best behavior was expected

    Comment by Lon | October 14, 2011 | Reply

  8. I like that this book will show my kids that camp will be fun and help their imaginations grow!🙂

    Comment by Kristie | October 17, 2011 | Reply

  9. This book sounds great! I can only imagine what animals my kinderkids would want to be after reading this!

    Comment by MJ | October 23, 2011 | Reply

  10. This would be a wonderful book to include in the camping themed library storytime we are planning for November. I think the children would love listening to this story and pretending that they are wolf cubs. (link is post #3) has a “look inside” for this book that really highlights Bonnie Leick’s wonderful illustrations.

    I read your interview with Katie McKy and left a comment at that website.

    Comment by YvonneJ | October 23, 2011 | Reply

  11. My children would absolutely LOVE this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Comment by Kelly Moran | October 23, 2011 | Reply

  12. My granddaughter loves camping with the Girl Scouts. She would love this book. I must enter and surprise her if I win this for her!🙂

    Thank you for having these giveaways!


    Comment by Judy Strunk Burgi | October 24, 2011 | Reply

  13. This sounds like a really cute book. A great summer reading book! Thanks! cwithestine at zoominternet dot net

    Comment by Amy W. | October 25, 2011 | Reply

  14. These sound great!!🙂 My kids would love to read them.

    Comment by Megan @Amethyst Daydreams | October 25, 2011 | Reply

  15. The cover of Pumpkin Town! looks very eye-catching and colorful!

    Comment by Lily Kwan | October 26, 2011 | Reply

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