Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Troy Cummings
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Andrew and his two friends in the S.S.M.P. (Super Secret Monster Patrol) are headed for summer camp. A goofy camp leader welcomes them and leads them in summer survival activities on the first day. But on the second day, a surprise blizzard switches things to winter survival skills. The most important skill? Survive the snombies and the ice monster! Left to their own devices when the camp leader goes sledding, the children are attacked by snombies, snowmen created by a giant ice monster the size of a house. Three of the clever campers are able to rescue everyone and return the camp to its naturally sweaty temperatures.
This is a fun book for new chapter book readers. It is very entertaining in a fashion that is likely to appeal to boys in particular. The kids are the heroes of the story, and it is their quick thinking and courage that save the day. Andrew is a brave soul and his friends are stalwart as well, making them great examples for young kids. Kids will also enjoy the somewhat absentminded and foolish camp leader who adds an element of humor to the book. The story is not at all scary, although one of the campers (Leo) is easily frightened and provides a companion for spooked children to relate to. This is a good, solid early reader book.