Happy camper by Shamini Flint
Ill. by Sally Heinrich. The Susie K Diaries. Allen and
Unwin, 2019. ISBN 9781760528287.
(Age: 8-12) Recommended. Themes: Camping. Problem solving. Susie K really, really does not like camping. What she does like is her skeleton, Bones, the school goldfish, her own company and reading. So, when the camping trip approaches, she is far from a 'happy camper'. But her parents think it will be so wonderful. When she finally is on the trip, there is only one other person who is even less suited to camping than herself - Clementine, the school glamour queen. Camping begins to become less awful for Susie K until she gets lost with Clementine. It takes all of Susie's problem solving and book-reading skills to get them out of the 'jungle'.
Shamini Flint has again created a wonderful character that will endear herself to young readers. Previously loved for her Diary of a . . . sports no-hoper series, this new series with a female character will be a hit with those who love the odd-ball character and the quirky cartoon style illustrations by Sally Heinrich. There is minimal text and the reading skills required are also suited to the reluctant reader.