Camp Creepy Time
by: Gina Gershon & Dann Gershon
215 pgs. $6.84
Publisher: G.P Putnam Sons
How many of us were excited when it was time to go the camp each year. The thought of sitting by an open fire,roasting marshmallows, singing songs, and romping through the woods in adventures for many was a dream come true. However, what happens if you just do not want to go to camp, but your parents send you anyway. And to make matters worse the camp you are going to is smack in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Something just isn't right.
Our main character is a young boy named, Einstein, a complete computer nerd. Einstein is content sitting in his room hour after hour busy on his computer. Lately, however, he has been getting into some trouble and mom and dad think some sunshine and fresh air will do him good. As he boards the bus for 'Camp Creepy Time," all the children are dressed in costumes, all except Einstein, who starts off on the wrong foot, being mocked for not wearing a costume. Great way to start his trip, but things get worse.
Once he arrives at his camp, he comes face to face with down-right evil counselors, who turn out to be aliens. Weird? To say the least. Einstein does find some friends, as strange as they may be. He ends up with only two 'friends' that can help him save the day, and one is a ghost, the other an alien. Can they outwit the evil counsel aliens whose plans for all the children do not include a cozy marshmallow cookout? Or will Einstein and the rest of the campers end up as the stars at an intergalactic zoo? Time will tell.
I enjoyed this read because it was different and fun. I liked Einstein as a character, yes he was a nerd, but when the chips were down he knew how to come up fighting. Other characters also added depth to the read such as the bully of the group, Billy Armstrong, who ended up needing to be saved by Einstein, and Big Al, the head of the camp who was mean as a snake, and all the other campers that plotted along not realizing what was happening to them or where they would end-up until it was almost too late.
This was a fun read, scary and definitely creepy in some parts, but also there were a lot of giggles along the way. Curly the Cook served up some not so delicious food for our young campers to eat. As a matter of fact I believe some of this food was still moving. Yuck! Talk about gross. And my favorite character, the terrible, Nurse Knockwurst, the nurse of fear, definitely added a lot of spice to the read. What a horror. This nurse is not someone you would want to take care of you if you were ill.
This book delivers exactly what you would expect. It is a story about a 'creepy' camp with everything you would expect to be there. The main character definitely became the hero as he fights for his life, and the life of his fellow campers. You have adventure, creepy events, creepy people, and ' creepy things,' problem solving, evil characters, friendship development, and a victorious ending. Fun read for young and old.