“Now Humpfree Camel had no humps.
His back was free of any lumps.
While others had one bump or two,
Just where were Humpfree’s? No one knew.”
Humpfree’s back is as flat as a pancake and he’s not taking it lying down. He’s off on a wild search looking for his humps, but there are lots of bumps along the way. What would you do if you were a humpless, bumpless camel?
Readers will enjoy the humor and rhyme of this adventure, based on scientists’ true discovery of a new flat back camel species in East Africa. Young explorers will be fascinated by Mrs. Dweck’s true and amazing fun facts about camels to extend the learning. It all adds up to one edutaining adventure for young readers.
About the Author
Julia Dweck is an educator and writer of children's book. Her stories span the spectrum of humor, fantasy and edutainment in rhyme and in prose. Julia's background in elementary education affords her the opportunity to be in touch with what children want to read and what makes them giggle. Julia is a designer of educational adjuncts for children's literature, and presented at the 2012 National Center for Family Literacy for her creative use of technology in the classroom.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I think that each book Julia Dweck writes gets better than the last. Blucy is quite charming and sweet. A blue cat that can easily hide and blend in with blue surroundings is definitely something new for children's books. That's what I love about picture books. There is no limit to where an author's imagination can take you. The illustrations are gorgeous. Erika Lebarre has a lovely style that is perfect for children's books. Her artwork is clean, visually appealing, and easy to follow. I like the soft edges and smooth contours. The bright colors also make the pictures very appealing to young children.
Wow! This is the way all ebook picture books should be: full-page color illustrations with superimposed text. Mandy chooses her new pet cat, Lucy, but soon nicknames her Blucy, short for Blue Lucy. You'll see why! Blucy is a finicky, mischievous cat, but which cat isn't? Julia's rhyming text is fun and not too simple, challenging enough to keep young children coming back time and time again. Erika's delightful illustrations virtually leap off the page, further bringing Julia's words to life. The book includes a page of fun cat facts and a picture puzzle at the end. Absolutely brilliant.
This book review should surprise no one that knows me. I love cats. Granted, I did not always. I always thought dogs were the best, but my daughter introduced me to the true joys of cats, and we now have thirteen! Okay, so this book was about a cat that I would love to have. Blue happens to be my favorite color, and this story was exquisitely written and illustrated! I could see our mischievous cats in Blucy, and my daughter is much like Lucy. I can't say whether I enjoyed the story or the facts at the end better (there truly were some amazing cat facts in the back of the book). One word of caution--this book will not show up on a traditional kindle. I had to read it on the computer, but it was easy enough to read. I think I would have preferred a physical copy, but that is my opinion. The rhyming structure of the story was absolutely flawless and far above average. I highly recommend this book to children and cat lovers worldwide! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine. Note: I only have just learned that all children's picture books cannot be read on a black-and-white device, so this is not something unusual. It is just the first time I have ever seen this happen. I have learned something!
Beautiful blue kitty cat!