Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? A father-son camping trip turns into a little more than Eric and his dad had planned when they have to bring along Eric’s Mini Dragon, Pan, as well as his two best friends. Still Eric is looking forward to the outing, and hoping to help Pan finally learn to fly. Things go south right away when Eric’s neighbor and nemesis Toby Bloom shows up at the campground with his father and their “Happy Glamper” tent equipped with 6 bedrooms, working plumbing and electricity and a well stocked kitchen! While Eric and his dad resist the lure of the Blooms’ luxurious setup, Eric’s friends Jayden and Min are happy to defect to the cozy beds and hot food the Blooms offer. Eric and Pan cut the power lines to the tent, and then propose an outdoorsman competition between the two dads – fishing, fire starting, and searching for a legendary lost treasure. While both sides of the contest resort to some less-than-honest tactics, the resolution is satisfying for all, especially Pan, who at last figures out how to stay airborne.
Cute cartoonish sketches, handwritten lists and diagrams, some slapstick comedy and potty humor, and even the funny chapter titles, all contribute to the fun in this fourth in a series.
Anything you didn’t like about it? no
To whom would you recommend this book? 2nd – 4th grade light fantasy fans will enjoy this, particularly if they’ve read other books in the series.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? no
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Leigh King, Lincoln St. Elementary School, Northborough, Mass.
Date of review: 12/8/19