A camping trip for two friends doesn’t quite go as planned.
Tiny, white Mouse is bursting with enthusiasm when she greets big, fuchsia Monster with “Let’s go camping!” But Monster doesn’t know what camping is. Mouse explains: “You walk in the woods. You sleep in a tent. You tell spooky stories.” Monster’s posture says it all (scary!), but Mouse’s promise that there will also be food brings him around—it’s clear from the opening spread that he is ruled by his stomach. Camping-savvy readers will note something missing from Mouse’s checklist of items to pack. And as the duo heads through the woods, their supplies dwindle—apparently Monster, who is round and bristly with a horn on the end of his long snout and two pointy teeth, must be part goat. When they finally reach the hilltop where Mouse has chosen to camp, the truth comes out. Mouse’s face droops as she learns what’s happened, but Monster’s regretful sincerity is genuine, as is Mouse’s. In a twist readers won’t see coming, the two find a (hilarious!) solution to their problem, and Monster turns out to like camping after all. The digital illustrations keep the focus on the friends and their emotions, the slapstick humor coming through loud and clear.
This is one camping trip sure to live up to expectations. (Picture book. 4-8)