Wolf Camp

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Maddie's mother agrees to send her daughter to a new camp - Wolf Camp. But when Maddie returns, she seems, well, changed. She snaps at flies, howls at fire trucks, and chases squirrels - on all fours. She quits eating candy and starts eating meat - only meat. And the dog is now afraid of her when she lifts her lip and shows her teeth.

What child hasn't fantasized about being an animal? And what parent hasn't exclaimed over the transformation in their child when picking him or ...

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Overview

Maddie's mother agrees to send her daughter to a new camp - Wolf Camp. But when Maddie returns, she seems, well, changed. She snaps at flies, howls at fire trucks, and chases squirrels - on all fours. She quits eating candy and starts eating meat - only meat. And the dog is now afraid of her when she lifts her lip and shows her teeth.

What child hasn't fantasized about being an animal? And what parent hasn't exclaimed over the transformation in their child when picking him or her up from camp? This book intertwines these two themes in a hilarious story of a very different kind of camping experience.

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What happens to a girl who spends two weeks at Wolf Camp? More than her genteel parents bargained for, suggests McKy (Pumpkin Town!). Maddie returns with leaves in her hair and a propensity to crawl on all fours. When food appears, she puts the family collie in its place: "She growled, which sounded like gravel grinding in her belly." Maggie goes on to chase squirrels and howl alongside the collie, and her diet changes, too-"Maddie quit eating candy. Instead, she ate only meat" (in one creepy scene she eats a grasshopper). Maddie's mother is left wide-eyed, while her father retreats behind his newspaper. Leick (Impetuous R., Secret Agent) draws Maddie with the face of a child, but the wasp waist and long legs of a teen. Curiously, the story allies itself more closely with the parents' point of view-when he hears she'll be going to Bear Camp next summer, Maddie's father has the last laugh: "Maybe we'll get lucky and she'll hibernate." Kids usually enjoy disruptions to the staid world of grownups, but civilization ends up looking pretty good here. Ages 4-8. (May)

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Children's Literature - Leona Illig
Maddie's parents send her to "Wolf Camp," a summer camp for children. The camp's motto is, "Put your child in the wilds." When she returns home, she is not the same girl. Instead of resuming her normal activities around the home, she growls at the dog, chases squirrels, and refuses to eat anything except meat. She learned how to be a wolf at camp, and it takes some time before the training wears off and she starts acting like herself again. More trouble is around the corner, however, when her parents send her off to "Bear Camp" at the end of the story. The tale has some amusing rhymes and dialog. The illustrations are well done, and in some cases the illustrations of the family collie are so good that they almost steal the show. The author should be commended for making the main character a girl; most writers would have portrayed the child as a boy, which would have been a more logical and unimaginative choice. The story would have been funnier, however, had the name "Wolf Camp" been dropped in favor of "Bear Camp" or some other animal. A wolf is not an amusing animal, and there is something unsettling about a child behaving like a wolf. Reviewer: Leona Illig
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
The brochure for Wolf Camp promises to "put your child in the wilds." And "wild" is what happens to Maddie, who attends and returns to chase squirrels and howl at night with the family collie. Over time, she reverts to her usual candy-eating kid ways but when she heads off to summer Bear Camp, Mom prepares for her homecoming by stocking up on honey and fish. Readers will enjoy the off-beat humor, mystified parents and clues to what is happening in Dad's newspaper headlines. Especially fun are Bonnie Leick's illustrations, which show Maddie hankering for bacon and scratching her head with her toes like, well, a wolf. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
Kirkus Reviews
In a droll and very sparely told tale young Maddie comes home from a summer's spell at Wolf Camp with leaves in her hair, a tendency to howl at sirens and a decided preference for meat-plus the odd grasshopper-over other foods. As Maddie slowly reverts to more human behavior (except for the habit of scratching her head with a foot) her bemused parents look on, and then after her departure for Bear Camp the following summer they stock up on honey and live salmon in preparation for her return. Heightening the tongue-in-cheek tone, Leick's smoothly finished illustrations depict Maddie's unselfconscious antics at home and in the wild with matter-of-fact realism. Children may find the whole episode exaggerated and unlikely; parents, particularly those who send their cubs off to summer camp, might have the opposite reaction. (Picture book. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933718255
  • Publisher: Tanglewood Press IN
  • Publication date: 5/16/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,432,986
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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  • Posted May 25, 2012

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    Maddie is excited about a flyer advertising a Wolf Camp - she co

    Maddie is excited about a flyer advertising a Wolf Camp - she convinces her mother that she has to go for the two weeks. Maddie only writes home for the first two days, but her mother didn't worry a bit, believing that Maddie was enjoying herself. It is only when Maddie returned from camp that her mom began to worry. The first sign that something was different was when Maddie came home and sniffed the dog... wait, sniffed the dog? Things got even more strange when Maddie growled at the collie at dinnertime; her eating habits changed, too, Maddie's diet had more meat in it. How much meat? Enough for every meal of the day! Read this book to see how Maddie's camp experience changed her life.

    This book is great for ages 4+ - preschool and up. The illustrations are colorful, entertaining and will make any readers laugh out loud as they follow Maddie's wild antics. Parents and readers will enjoy the creative hints that author Katie McKy weaves throughout the story as to what really happened away at camp and how her parents still loved her no matter how strange she became.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    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.


    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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