Summer Camp Critter Jitters by Jory John, illustrated by Liz Climo

Summer Camp Critter Jitters by Jory John, illustrated by Liz Climo. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2021. 9780593110980

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review)  5

Format:  Hardcover

Genre: Picture books

What did you like about the book?  A humorous tale of summer camp jitters that is sure to entertain young readers with its animal characters and cartoon-like illustrations. This is the second book in the series; First Day Critter Jitters was a first day of school story.  It is summertime and the animals are going to summer camp for the first time.  As each critter prepares for Camp Super Fun, they share what they are nervous about: Sloth is afraid he will have to catch his own lunch, Skunk is afraid there will be scary stories that may lead to smells, and Duck is scared there will be a lake (and he has never learned to swim). As each animal gets off the camp bus their fears are becoming real.  They head for their cabin and the counselor is nowhere to be found. Bunny sees a Welcome banner up high in the tree hanging sideways. It is Sam’s first year as a counselor and wanted to make a good impression with the banner but got stuck in the tree. All the animal campers find ways to solve the problem and work together as a team to get Sam down. They end their day around the fire making s’mores.  The next morning the animal critters are excited for a new day at camp.

Anything you did not like about the book. No

To whom would you recommend this book? A great read aloud in school or at home for the end of the school year and an introduction to what to expect at camp: making new friends, adventures, and jitters.

Who should buy this book?  Preschools, elementary schools, home and public libraries.  

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Julie Durmis, L.G. Nourse Elementary School, Norton, Massachusetts

Date of review: August 24, 2021

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