Mitchell really doesn't want to go camping with the other kids at the Zigzag Afternoon Center. Sleeping in the woods with creepy crawly things, coyotes, and bears? Yikes! But his best friend Habib is going, and it's Mitchell's birthday that weekend. He's just got to find a way to be brave, and scare the bears away! As the fifth book in the Zigzag Kids series—which also includes Number One Kid, Big Whopper, Flying Feet, and Star Time—Bears Beware continues to delight readers with...
Mitchell really doesn't want to go camping with the other kids at the Zigzag Afternoon Center. Sleeping in the woods with creepy crawly things, coyotes, and bears? Yikes! But his best friend Habib is going, and it's Mitchell's birthday that weekend. He's just got to find a way to be brave, and scare the bears away!
As the fifth book in the Zigzag Kids series—which also includes Number One Kid, Big Whopper, Flying Feet, and Star Time—Bears Beware continues to delight readers with award-winning author Patricia Reilly Giff's quirky, lovable group of kids, capturing all the excitement and surprises of new friends and after-school fun.
Mitchell is not thrilled to be going camping on his birthday but the other kids from the Zigzag Afternoon Center are going, so he does not want to miss out. He is worried about sleeping in the woods, strange animals, and poison ivy. How will his parents survive without him for the night? And how will he get his birthday cake? During his animal encounters, campfires, and time spent with friends he discovers camping is not a bad way to spend his birthday. This book is part of the "Zigzag Kids" series that teaches reading skills through a multicultural group of friends who attend an after-school program together. Each child in Giff's book has his or her own distinct personality and realistically portray the emotions and excitement of being a kid. Bright's graphic illustrations of the kids from the Zelda A. Zigzag School bring the characters to life. Kids will enjoy reading about their afternoon adventures and getting to know each and every character. Reviewer: Patricia Wooster
Mitchell thinks he isn't brave, so an overnight camping trip fills him with worry--and, besides, he doesn't want to celebrate his birthday in the woods. Decorated with cheerful sketches, each slender volume of the Zigzag Kids series highlights one of the children attending the titular afterschool program. In this fifth installment, Mitchell is the focus, surrounded by the familiar cast of characters. Unfolding in short, crisp sentences, the events come quickly and inspire giggles: The bus breaks down, the tent poles break and underwear spills from packs. The Nature Center is rich with flora, but Mitchell is sure that killer animals are lurking. Mitchell may not be bold, but he likes writing stories, so he imagines a character named Gary Bopper, and when he needs a boost of courage, does his best to assume Gary's bravado. Events reach a zenith for Mitchell when he finds himself alone during the scavenger hunt and comes face-to-face with nature's wild beasties. Mitchell realizes that his fancy is more frightening than reality, and the frosting on the cake comes by way of a delicious surprise from his friends. Young readers transitioning to chapter books will find themselves laughing while they empathize. (Fiction. 6-9)
PATRICIA REILLY GIFF is the author of many beloved books for children, including the Kids of the Polk Street School books. Her novels for older readers include the Newbery Honor Books Lily's Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods, and Willow Run, a companion to Lily's Crossing. Her most recent books are the novels Storyteller and Wild Girl, and the first three Zigzag titles, Number One Kid, Big Whopper, and Flying Feet.