Justin Case: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom (Hardcover)
Justin is an excellent worrier. But having survived third grade, he thinks he should try going to day camp, despite his parents’ misgivings. Can he do it? Humorous black-and-white illustrations add to the fun . (8-10)
— From Coming of Age
Justin is going to start fourth grade--but first, he has to survive the summer. He "gets" to go to camp every day on a bus. He "gets" to experience all sorts of new things: Bugs. Mess hall food. Flip-flops (they hurt the space between his toes and they're hard to walk in). And (gulp ) swimming.
Justin's little sister, Elizabeth, seems to deal with camp just fine. So do his friends. Justin is trying very hard not to be a worried kid anymore, especially when it comes to making friends at camp, including a new kid who is kind of . . . rough. After all, Justin is going to be in fourth grade. It's time to be brave. Right?
About the Author
Rachel Vail is the author of numerous novels and picture books, including Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters, Piggy Bunny, and Flabbersmashed About You. She lives in New York City with her husband and sons. Matthew Cordell is the Caldecott award-winning author and illustrator of Wolf in the Snow, Trouble Gum, Another Brother, hello! hello!, and Wish. He has illustrated numerous books by renowned authors including Philip Stead (Special Delivery), Rachel Vail (the Justin Case series), and Gail Carson Levine (Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems). He lives with his family in Gurnee, Illinois.
"Vail seems to know exactly what third graders are thinking.”--School Library Journal
“Hilarious, laugh-out-loud fun for middle-grade readers.” --Kirkus, Starred
Praise for Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters:
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2010
An IndieBound Selection for Fall 2010
“The writing is sharp, unpredictably clever, and establishes third grade as a minefield of the absurd—which, is to say, real life.”—Avi, Newbery Medalist
“Vail employs easy, direct language in a rhythm, and syntax that captures the essence of a charming, lovable, and very believable boy. Readers transitioning to longer fiction will groan, sympathize, and laugh out loud in delight. Absolutely marvelous.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Honest and full of heart, Justin Case is a story for an oft-ignored segment of kids: the sensitive, introverted, and observant. The format will remind many readers of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but with fewer illustrations and a more reflective tone than Jeff Kinney’s series. This is subtly satisfying storytelling.”—School Library Journal
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