Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A Couple of Boys have the Best Week Ever


A COUPLE OF BOYS HAVE THE BEST WEEK EVER; Marla Frazee; New York: Harcourt, 2008,
unpaged. Picture book.

James and Eamon visit Eamon's grandparents so they can go to nature day camp, but the only way you will not what they did there is from the front and end papers, because although we see them driving too, and back from, camp, they make their own fun through the rest of the book eating banana waffles, staring at each other through binoculars ("his freckles are HUGE"), playing video games, and camping out in the basment. Grandpa's attempts to get the boys to go to the penguin display at the Nature Museum or peruse a map of Antarctica, fall on polite but disinterested ears, until their last night together when they finally connect with nature and make for Grandpa something that Grandpa will love. Frazee's delightful new picture book is charged with the goofy charm of two young boys having their own kind of fun--even the front has guy jokes (25 cents is the cover price--"you wish!"). Young boys, their longsuffering parents, and their patient grandparents should love this new outing from the multitalented Ms. Frazee.

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