Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool, Primary
Author: Deborah Underwood
Illustrator: Jared Chapman
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Mouse and Monster go camping. As the pair hike through the woods, Monster gets hungry and starts eat the equipment. When they arrive at the camping spot for the night, Mouse realizes they have nothing left to set up camp with. They see a campfire in the distance and decide to check it out to see if those campers have extra food. They are walking into a human camp where a father is telling spooky stories of a beast when Monster tries to introduce himself. The family jumps in the car and drives away, leaving their set up campsite with plenty of food behind for Mouse and Monster to enjoy.
This text is a great way to get young readers excited for camping. It also encourages children to look at the world from a different perspective, in this case hungry forest creatures who may invade a campsite. The story is concise, perfect for beginner readers who have been learning sight words. The illustrations are simple yet interesting, and are not distracting from the text. Preschoolers and primary readers will love the cute story and will be sitting on the edge of their seats wondering what will happen next.