Jul 29, 2014

Review: Cartboy Goes to Camp

Cartboy Goes to Camp
Cartboy Goes to Camp by L.A. Campbell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This is the laugh-out-loud sequel to L. A. Campbell’s Cartboy and the Time Capsule.

Hopelessly hapless Hal Rifkind, a.k.a. Cartboy, is off to summer camp. And not just any old camp, but history camp. Campers have to learn how to churn butter, plant maize, and carry water from the stream—or they get punished for not doing their chores. What else could possibly go wrong for Cartboy? Read Hal’s journal to find out!

Filled with photos, drawings, and timelines, Hal’s journal chronicles his hilarious adventures at Camp Jamestown—where nothing has changed in 400 years.

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Starscape (first published April 1st 2014)
ISBN0765333279 (ISBN13: 9780765333278)
other editions (1)

Cartboy Goes to Camp is a typical camp / parents trying to force their goals down your throat point of view of a young kid but has the bonus of being told in the journal style with humorous drawings to carry the story along. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review so I did not read the first book in the series. It is pretty obvious from the beginning that Cartboy is already made fun of at school for carrying his books in an old lady cart. Appears to be another of his day's ideas.

I like books that actual kids can relate to & just from some of my own childhood memories, I could relate to Cartboy. He gets with a "not so popular" crowd at camp. Some luckily are devoted to the idea of the camp. Cartboy just can't seem to fit at first plus his -# 1 bully is of course at camp! Bla.

Our main character is disappointed in everything as well as himself before it's over, but there is a good ending that makes all the bad worth going through to find true friends, connect with dad, & rid the bully.... A good hearted and discovery type adventure.

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