A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever

A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever

by Marla Frazee
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A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee

When James and Eamon go to a week of Nature Camp and stay at Eamon's grandparents' house, it turns out that their free time spent staying inside, eating waffles, and playing video games is way more interesting than nature. But sometimes things work out best when they don't go exactly as planned.  

This Caldecott Honor-winning book is a moving and hilarious celebration of young boys, childhood friendships, and the power of the imagination, where Marla Frazee captures the very essence of summer vacation and what it means to be a kid.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152060206
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 03/01/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 305,970
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile: AD680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

MARLA FRAZEE has illustrated many picture books, including Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers and Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild! by Mem Fox, as well as her own Walk On! and Santa Claus the World's Number One Toy Expert. She lives in Pasadena, California.
 
 

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A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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Auburn1 More than 1 year ago
It's the kind of book that gets kids' attention... It's very funny & entertaining... not so educational though...
SJKessel More than 1 year ago
Frazee, M. (2008). A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever. New York: Harcourt, Inc. 9780152060206 During the summer, two boys (James and Eamon) spend the week with Eamon's grandparents while attending an outdoor day camp. While the boys are reluctant to enjoy some of the nature activities, they eventually find the perfect activity for them. This book was one of the Caldecott honor books for 2008. For me, the reason that this honor is deserved is because of the disconnect between the text and the illustrations which creates most of the irony and humor in the story. A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever captures a sense of childhood (and particularly boyhood) well. While the book could be used as a class read aloud, it'd probably be more effective as a small group or individual read aloud, so a teacher could take time with the book and point out the points where the text and illustrations are contrasted. Activities to do with the book: As a teacher, I would probably share this book with small groups of students before or after summer breaks and draw attention to the disagreement between the text and the illustrations and urge them to create their own stories and illustrations in response. A teacher could encourage students to consider and narrate and illustrate some of their own best weeks ever. Also since the book incorporates dialogue bubbles, a teacher could narrate the majority of the story, but have the students read the dialogue between the two boys. Favorite Quotes: "One hot summer day, James went on a long drive to Bill and Pam's house so he could go to a week of nature camp with his friend Eamon." "As the nature camp week went by, James and Eamon practically became one person. They did everything together in exactly the same way. To save time, Bill began calling them Jamon." "Then at last, James and Eamon finally got real busy with something.and it turned out to be the very best part of the best week ever." For more of my reviews, visit sjkessel.blogspot.com.
Eavina More than 1 year ago
My two boys enjoyed this book very much. They have a good time going over the illustrations of the characters in the book. They have a little trouble following the story bubbles but that was about it, but again they are only 5 & 7 years old. It was a very enjoyable book.
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