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Berlitz Summer Camp
by Ronna Mandel
By Karina Wolf, Illustrated By The Brothers Hilts
G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $16.99, ages 3-5
Ever found yourself still wide awake at 3 a.m. having counted thousands of sheep? Imagine how hard it would be to adjust your routine if you had to move someplace a dozen time zones away? That’s exactly what happens when Mrs. Insomniac is offered a new job and the family relocates halfway across the planet!
My first round of applause is for author Karina Wolf, sharing a 21st century perspective by having the family move because of the mother’s work. My second is for the captivating artwork that struck me as the perfect hybrid of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton. Children will delight at the turn of every page.
Mika Insomniac and her mom and dad are desperate for some serious shut-eye. Mika’s nodding out in class, Father’s falling asleep at his camera and Mother’s dozing at her desk. How can the family find 40 fabulous winks if they’re up all night? One evening Mika suggests everyone head out of town. “We’ll find the bears and ask them for their slumber secrets.” What ensues after dark is both eye-opening for the Insomiacs and certain to spark the imaginations of your little ones, day or night.
Find more reviews of children’s books, plus contests, on the “Good Reads With Ronna” blog at LAParent.com, and on Twitter @goodreadsronna.
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