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Review: Like Bug Juice on a Burger

May 9, 2014

Like Bug Juice on a Burger

Eleanor’s grandmother decides to surprise Eleanor by sending her to summer camp – the same camp Eleanor’s mother went to and loved.  At first Eleanor’s excited but, as the day approaches to leave for camp, she’s not so sure.   When it’s time to get on the bus, Eleanor meets Joplin, a girl who’s attended the camp before.  Even with Joplin’s help, camp isn’t always easy for Eleanor since she’s a picky eater and can’t swim.  She learns to adjust and adapt, though, and, in the end says:

Sometimes —
not always,
but definitely sometimes —
camp was a wonderful surprise.

Like Bug Juice on a Burger by Julie Sternberg is a wonderful book about growing up and learning to do things on your own.  Eleanor is a great character – she’s curious and kind but also a little sensitive and cautious.  Going away to camp is a big step for her.  At first she’s enthusiastic but once she thinks about it, she wonders what she’s gotten herself into.  She comes up with a code that she can write to her parents in case she needs them to come get her.  When she uses the code, her parents contact the camp and Eleanor gets help from an unexpected source and learns that she can make it without her parents.

Written in verse from Eleanor’s point of view, Like Bug Juice on a Burger is a book that many children will be able to relate to. Doing something for the first time can be a challenge but it can also be a learning experience and kids will enjoy seeing they’re not the only ones who struggle with something new.  If you know a youngster who is facing something new, especially sleep away camp, this delightful book is a must read!  Matthew Cordell‘s wonderful illustrations serve to enhance the second book in this wonderful series!

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site tomorrow.

Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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16 Comments leave one →
  1. May 9, 2014 5:30 am

    Sounds like a sweet children’s book. I”ll keep this in mind for my daughter.

  2. May 9, 2014 7:10 am

    The title alone cracked me up:)

  3. May 9, 2014 9:17 am

    I love camp books. I wanted to go to summer camp so badly when I was young. I never did! I don’t think I’d like it now but gosh, I read so many camp books during that time.

  4. Patty permalink
    May 9, 2014 11:35 am

    I love the cover…this book sounds like fun!

  5. talesofwhimsy permalink
    May 9, 2014 2:45 pm

    Aww cute. I need to look this one up.

  6. May 9, 2014 4:13 pm

    Wish I had had this when Amber was younger.

  7. May 9, 2014 4:48 pm

    I just love these verse novels for kids. This is something I will have to pick up for reading with my daughter

  8. May 9, 2014 5:17 pm

    sounds like a good book.

  9. May 9, 2014 5:52 pm

    This sounds like a great book for children (almost) ready to go to sleep away camp! 🙂

  10. May 9, 2014 8:52 pm

    I always loved camp. Church camp, school camp, girl, scout camp…

  11. May 9, 2014 10:43 pm

    I needed this book for my oldest when she went away to her first camp at age 8 ~ she is a homebody and although she’s also quite socialable and went with friends – she was terribly homesick. love the concept of this book!

  12. Beth Hoffman permalink
    May 10, 2014 11:26 am

    This sounds like such a darling book, and even though I’m not sure who I’ll end up giving it to, I’m going to buy it!

  13. May 10, 2014 4:53 pm

    When I went to camp they called the kook-aid (or whatever it was) “Bug Juice” and I just thought that was the most fun thing ever. Obviously I need to get this book!

  14. May 12, 2014 12:20 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful book. It brings back memories of my own camp days. 🙂 Thanks for the wonderful review, Kathy.

  15. May 13, 2014 9:05 pm

    My grandkids loved Bug Juice! This sounds like a great book for any kid going to camp!

  16. bookingmama permalink
    May 21, 2014 7:57 am

    I love this series — so much fun and so many good messages.

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