The Misadventures of Michael McMichaels Vol. 3: The Creepy Campers - A Book Review


The Misadventures of Michael McMichaels Vol. 3: The Creepy Campers by Tony Penn

Product details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Series: Michael McMichaels (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Boys Town Press; 3 edition
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1944882103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1944882105

The taste of victory becomes so sweet for Michael that he can't stop bending the rules to win the camp challenges even as his guilty conscience grows heavy. Written for children in grades 1-5, The Creepy Campers forces readers to think about their own ethical choices. Is winning at any cost worth it? Tony Penn's expertly-crafted plot twists and sharp dialogue help children clearly see the many real consequences of cheating and deception.

Michael, his best friend Kenny, and the always-annoying Harriett are at a highly competitive New Mexico camp for a week. Some of their fellow campers are doing all they can to win camp challenges and all the glory, fame, and prizes that come along with them. They cheat, lie, bully, and intimidate. If Michael wants to win, can he bring himself to use those same underhanded tactics? Of course! The taste of victory becomes so sweet for Michael that he can't stop bending the rules even as his guilty conscience grows heavy. Written for children in grades 1-5, The Creepy Campers forces readers to think about their own ethical choices. Is winning at any cost worth it? Tony Penn's expertly-crafted plot twists and sharp dialogue help children clearly see the many real consequences of cheating and deception.

The 411:

So what I have learned about books published by Boys Town Press is that there is always a good message at the end and the book is entertaining and fun.

In The Misadventures of Michael McMichaels Vol. 3: The Creepy Campers we meet Michael who is at camp with his good friend Kenny. Michael hadn't planned on going to camp and when he gets there he learns there are a ton of challenges the campers will be performing for a prize. He of course wants to do his best but notices 4 boys have been cheating. While he wants to report them he doesn't want to rock the boat and these boys are letting him know that he is NOT to say anything and if he does they will make sure that an alien takes him away to a horrible place without AC and he will have only kale and quinoa to eat (poor kid)!

Soooooo what is a boy to do? Well, as the old saying goes....if you can't beat them, join them.

What I loved about this book. Michael is a good boy. He is funny, witty and kind. I love his way of thinking.  He is not only amusing but teaches a great lesson in morals. This chapter book is great for those reluctant readers too. There are illustrations and I always think the usage of different fonts is great in children's books. It breaks up the reading and makes it fun!

I think kids of all 6-12 will enjoy this book.

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