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Book: There’s a Frog in My Sleeping Bag: The Camp Trickster Strikes Again
Author: Susan Clymer
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks, republished 1998
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 7 – 10
Rating: **** 4 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Clymer, Susan. There’s a Frog in My Sleeping Bag: The Camp Trickster Strikes Again (published in 1997 by Little Apple Paperbacks, a trademark of Scholastic Inc., 555 Broadway, New York City, NY 10012). Janna, who lives with her parents and her little brother Manuel, is a third grade student in Mr.Jenkins’s class at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. Her best friend is Elizabeth. All third graders are going to spend three whole days of fun and learning at Camp Buffalo. Since the other third grade teacher is sick, Mrs. Grand, a custodian, is the girls’ chaperone. Everyone says good-bye to Squeaks, the class hamster, and Harry, their pet tarantula. Then off they go. Janna tends to be a mischievous person. One rule is no candy because it attracts “critters,” but Janna sneaks in her Life Savers—and they are found by a raccoon.
However, someone else is even more mischievous, and Janna is the recipient of his or her pranks. Her stuffed snake Slithers ends up high on the buffalo’s head in the dining room. Peanuts are sprinkled around her cabin to draw wild animals. The final straw is finding a live frog that has been put in her sleeping bag. Who is doing these things? Why are they singling out her? And how can she find out the perpetrator? This is a cute story that will not only keep the reader guessing to the end who the trickster is, but also provide some interesting information about the fauna of Kansas. Squeaks and Harry were apparently featured in other related books written by Susan Clymer entitled There’s a Hamster in My Lunchbox and There’s a Tarantula in my Homework. A similar story is There’s a Rabbit in my Backpack.