A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever
Author/Illustrator: Marla Frazee
Publication Year: 2008
Brief Summary: Best friends James and Eamon enjoy each other, Nature Camp, and all sorts of fun things at Eamon’s grandparents’ beach house.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
- Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature, 2008 Winner Picture Book United States
- Cybil Award, 2008 Finalist Fiction Picture Books United States
- Delaware Diamonds, 2010 Winner Grades K-2 Delaware
- Randolph Caldecott Medal, 2009 Honor Book United States
- Best Kids Books of the Year, 2008 ; Washington Post
- Bulletin Blue Ribbons, 2008 ; The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
- Capitol Choices, 2009 ; The Capitol Choices Committee
- Choices, 2009 ; Cooperative Children’s Book Center
- Kirkus Best Children’s Books, 2008 ; Kirkus
- Kirkus Book Review Stars, February 1, 2008
- Notable Children’s Books, 2009 ; ALSC American Library Association
- Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books, 2008 ; Publishers Weekly
- Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, February 18, 2008 ; Cahners
- School Library Journal Best Books, 2008 ; Cahners
- School Library Journal Book Review Stars, March 2008 ; Cahners
- Study the text and the pictures…do they tell the same stories? Did James really packed “just a couple of things” for his week? Was he really sad to see his mom leave? Find other examples in the book where the text says one thing and the pictures suggest something else.
- What did the boys during the week? Do you think they enjoyed camp? Write down days of the week across the poster; underneath, write or draw what the boys did that day.
- Why did Bill come up with the nickname Jamon for the boys?
- Look at the pictures the boys took and the sort of things they brought back…what kinds of things did they do at Nature Camp?
Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.
- Making inferences
- Interpreting pictures/words
- Language arts: sarcasm, irony
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library