Hailey Twitch and the Campground Itch
Age 5-8, 8-12
written by Lauren Barnholdt and picture by Suzanne Beaky
Synopsis from Raincoast Books:
Third in a delightful new series featuring a seven-year-old mastermind who tries really hard not to blame her invisible friend for getting her into heaps of delicious trouble. Hailey and her friends discover that the boy manning the campground snack bar is stealing! The precocious second graders decide to set up a good spy mission. But they need Maybelle the sprite’s magical help..
We enjoyed reading Hailey Twitch the Campground Itch one sunny Saturday afternoon, hanging out in the backyard. The story is an early chapter book with larger typeface used and a few sporatic black and white images, making it great for kids getting into chapter books or even as a fun family read for younger kids, exposing them to longer stories and less pictures.
Hailey Twitch the Campground Itch deals with a lot of topics middle grade kids can understand an enjoy: family camping weekends, best friends, sibling relationships, and for added fun, a little magic. Although the main character is a girl, my son enjoyed listening to the story. Hailey is a very independent, not very ‘girly’ girl, widening the books appeal to both boys and girls. Hailey does have a tendency to repeat things (word specifically) 3 times, very Eloise-like. Although I saw it as part of Hailey’s character, how she expresses her emotions, my son was a little bothered by it (that’s not the way people talk according to him).
This is the third Hailey Twitch book; the two others being: Hailey Twitch is Not a Snitch and Hailey Twitch and the Great Teacher Switch. This was the first Hailey Twitch book we read and found that not having read the previous two books did not take away from the story; however, my son is eager to find out what Hailey’s plan is in the next book.
You can add a copy of Hailey Twitch and the Campground Itch to your personal library by visiting your local bookstore or from Raincoast Books. Visit our Kid’s Books section for other great book recommendations. What are you reading with your kids?
I have to thank Crystal at Raincoast Books for my review copy.