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The Great Summer Camp Catastrophe Hardcover – May 4, 1992

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5-- The three mice from The Great Christmas Kidnapping Caper (1975) and The Great Rescue Operation (1990, both Dial) return in this humorous fantasy/adventure. This time, they are living comfortably in the toy department of Macy's when they are abruptly transported away, in a box of cookies, to a summer camp in Vermont. There, they have a series of wacky misadventures and narrow escapes. In the end, they grow to love camp, but are happy to return to New York City. These rodent characters are engaging. Marvin is full of hilarious self-importance; Fats is especially charming in his endless quest for a bite to eat. Readers will relate to the theme of leaving familiar surroundings and rising to the challenges of new situations while maintaining an attachment to home. The animals' group loyalty and teamwork is laudable, but there is little insight provided on their perspectives on humans. What will grab readers is the action-packed plot, with its series of near disasters. De Groat's pen-and-ink drawings are notable for the charmingly human expressions on the animal's faces. A book that will appeal to fans of lighthearted animal stories and of Van Leeuwen's other fantasies.
- Jacqueline Rose, Wake County Pub . Libraries, NC
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Further adventures of Merciless Marvin the Magnificent and his gang, three mice who live in Macy's toy department but here suddenly find themselves wrapped up with a care package of goodies and shipped to a camp in Vermont. These city mice manage to cope with the rigors of life in the wild--they outrun a hungry owl, outwit the camp dog, even learn to canoe and water-ski; at summer's end, they cleverly engineer a return to New York. Lighthearted b&w drawings capture the action's high spots. Fans of the trio's earlier adventures (The Great Christmas Kidnapping Caper, 1975, etc.) will find this amusing romp perfectly consistent in tone and style with its award- winning predecessors. (Fiction. 7-10) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 550L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; 1st edition (May 4, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803711069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803711068
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,102,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tiger100M on September 1, 2013
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I was interested to see the mouse gang get shipped away to a faraway place where they had never been before, and I was intrigued. I was also amazed to see the gang meet a family if field mice! This is actually the first time they have ever met a new character or more. Wow!
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The Great Summer Camp Castastophe was a gift for one of my students at our high school. She read the book earlier and she wanted her own personal copy so she asked if I would puchase it for her and I said yes. She was very happy when I gave her the book.
Amazon is a great way to buy books. Although the book was used it was in excellent condition. It looked new to me I thought that they made a mistake and sent the wrong book.

Signed a very satisfied customer
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