The Jellybeans and the Big Camp Kickoff

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The Jellybeans are off to summer camp to enjoy ghost stories around the campfire, roasting marshmallows, and swimming in the lake. Each girl finds her own favorite activity: Emily goes to the dance studio, Bitsy does arts and crafts, and Anna reads about nature. But Nicole can't find anything that's just right for her. So she decides to start a soccer team and teach her friends her favorite game. Will the Jellybeans be able to win the big match against a neighboring camp? Once again, the girls use their different...
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The Jellybeans are off to summer camp to enjoy ghost stories around the campfire, roasting marshmallows, and swimming in the lake. Each girl finds her own favorite activity: Emily goes to the dance studio, Bitsy does arts and crafts, and Anna reads about nature. But Nicole can't find anything that's just right for her. So she decides to start a soccer team and teach her friends her favorite game. Will the Jellybeans be able to win the big match against a neighboring camp? Once again, the girls use their different strengths and talents to work together and have the best summer ever. 

This third book in the successful New York Times bestselling series shows that, whether readers are girly girls, bookworms, artists, or tomboys, there is a Jellybean for everyone.

Praise for The Jellybeans and the Big Camp Kickoff
“The tale unfolds with warmth and reassuring humor making this latest Jellybeans adventure a good primer for young would-be campers. Munsinger’s watercolor illustrations are bright and suggest vigor and happiness, like the Jellybeans themselves.” –Kirkus Reviews 

“The cartoon artwork captures the mood of the story as the youngsters support one another. The soft, watercolor illustrations reinforce their delightful antics as they enjoy their camp experience.” –School Library Journal

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the third adventure starring the Jellybeans, so named because they are "all different but along great," they head to Camp Pook-A-Wow, where Emily happily takes dance classes, Bitsy makes macaroni necklaces, and Anna contentedly reads under a tree. But Nicole, who lives and breathes soccer, is dismayed that there isn't a team, and though she tries other sports, nothing suits her. In classic Jellybean fashion, the girls start their own soccer team, then celebrate Nicole's winning goal by wolfing down jellybeans. Though it's a simple story, readers who value their close friendships should appreciate how the girls encourage one another to succeed. Ages 3–7. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
Nicole, Bitsy, Anna and Emily are back and this time they are off to Summer Camp. The girls, who call themselves the Jellybeans because they go well together just like the different flavors of their favorite candy do, are each excited about a different part of camp. There will be reading, crafts, dance, and sports to keep them busy. But Nicole is disappointed to find that the camp does not have a soccer team. She tries many of the other sports but nothing seems to fit. The girls decide to take matters into their own hands. Each uses their unique talents and interests to help form a camp soccer team and even manage to win a game against a neighboring camp. Most children should find themselves identifying with at least one of the characters. The illustrations are friendly without being too cutesy (despite the decidedly girly glitter-accented dust jacket) which will also help broaden the appeal. This third installment of the "Jellybeans" series shares the others' battle cry of individuality while working together and will make a great lap or classroom read-aloud. Reviewer: Amy McMillan
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—The four animal friends introduced in The Jellybeans and the Big Dance (2008) and The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza (2010, both Abrams) set off for Camp Pook-A-Wow. Once there, Emily enjoys a dance class, Bitsy makes crafts, and Anna reads books about nature. However, Nicole loves soccer, and even though there are plenty of sports at the camp, her favorite is not one of them. She tries various alternatives but does not like them. She is sad until her friends suggest that they start a team. The simple, direct plot allows children to become involved as the characters solve the problem. Nicole teaches the girls soccer skills, Anna reads the rule book, Bitsy makes the uniforms, and Emily plays goalie and leaps like a dancer. Then they schedule a game with a neighboring camp. The cartoon artwork captures the mood of the story as the youngsters support one another. The soft, watercolor illustrations reinforce their delightful antics as they enjoy their camp experience.—Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA
Kirkus Reviews

Those colorful Jellybeans bring their pep and playfulness to the great outdoors (The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza, 2010, etc.). Emily (a dog) loves to dance, Anna (a rabbit) loves to read, Bitsy (a pig) loves arts and crafts and Nicole (a cat) loves soccer. Nicole, in fact, is something of a fanatic, even balancing the ball on one paw as she sleeps. The perfect place for all four girls to indulge in their passions, as well as learn about some new ones, is at Camp Pook-A-Wow. Most of the girls find their favorite pastimes there, and there's also swimming and hiking and toasting marshmallows together around a campfire. But Nicole is disappointed that soccer is not among the activities offered; she tries tennis, gymnastics and kayaking, but none of these sports goes very well for her. Thank goodness for friends and for camp counselor Mrs. Jangley-Cheezer (a tall wolf in a bright yellow uniform), who helps organize a soccer team. All the Jellybeans work together to make it a success. "Hooray for us!" The tale unfolds with warmth and reassuring humor, and Numeroff and Evans include all the relevant camp activities, making this latest Jellybeans adventure a good primer for young would-be campers. Munsinger's watercolor illustrations are bright and suggest vigor and happiness, like the Jellybeans themselves. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810997653
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 293,982
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Numeroff

Laura Numeroff is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Otis & Sydney and the Best Birthday Ever and other books. She lives in Los Angeles. Nate Evans lives in Statesboro, Georgia. Lynn Munsinger illustrated What Mommies Do Best, also by Laura Numeroff. She lives in Boston.

Biography

If you give a series-prone author an inch, she'll take a mile -- and fortunately for fans of Laura Numeroff's books, she took her concept and is still running with it. Her aphoristic animal stories show what happens when you give a little something ... and get a big list of follow-up requests.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and its companion titles have become favorites not only of parents, but of teachers who like the books' visual elements and domino-effect storylines. Numeroff's other popular titles, What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best and What Grandpas Do Best/What Grandmas Do Best, are loving paeans to activities shared with adults.

A would-be fashion designer who grew up in Brooklyn and now lives in California with a mini-menagerie of pets, Numeroff's stock in trade is her "silly imagination" and her love of animals. Her versatility as a storyteller has been enhanced by the fact that she works with different illustrators, though it also means that all Numeroff titles may not suit the same reader. Her anthropomorphic stories often capitalize on fantasy, but she also has a knack for rhyme, evident in particular in her books Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers and Chimps Don't Wear Glasses.

Numeroff doesn't seem to run out of ideas for ridiculous situations to put people and animals in, nor does she stop celebrating what's special about family relationships. This is what will keep readers coming back to her titles, series-oriented or not.

Good To Know

Numeroff says her parents instilled a love of science and stamp collecting in her as a child, and she has grown into a collector as an adult. Among her collections: stuffed animals, old photographs, autographed children's books, and Halloween masks.

As a teenager, Numeroff was inspired by her sister to become a fashion designer, leading to her attendance at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn for college. "Unfortunately," she says, "I hated everything about the fashion department and I couldn't sew to save my life!" Instead, she took a class on writing and illustrating books for children. Her first effort, about the tallest girl in the third grade, was sold before Numeroff graduated. (Amy for Short is now out of print.)

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    1. Also Known As:
      Laura Joffe Numeroff
    2. Hometown:
      Brentwood, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 14, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Education:
      B.F.A. with honors, Pratt Institute, 1975; attended Parsons College, 1975
    2. Website:

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