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Like Bug Juice on a Burger

Last updated Monday, July 6, 2015

Author: Julie Sternberg
Illustrator: Matthew Cordell
Date of Publication: 2013
ISBN: 1419701908
Grade Level: 3rd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jul. 2015

Synopsis: I hate camp. I just hate it. I wish I didnt. But I do. Being here is worse than bug juice on a burger. Or homework on Thanksgiving. Or water seeping into my shoes. In this sequel to the critically acclaimed Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie, Eleanor is off to summer camp. At first shes excited to carry on the family tradition at Camp Wallumwahpuck, but when she gets there she finds icky bugs, terrible food, and worst of all: swim class, where she just cant seem to keep up with everyone else. But as the days go on, Eleanor realizes that even the most miserable situations can be full of special surprises and that growing up is full of belly flops. (Amazon)

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Have you ever drank bug juice? Do you think it's really made from bugs?
•  What are your favorite toppings on a burger?
•  What are the things you hate the most?
•  swarm--a large or dense group of insects
•  infirmary--a hospital
•  desperado--a criminal or person without hope who is not afraid of getting hurt
•  wolly--someone who says or does something silly

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Have you ever been away from your parents for more than one night? two nights? more? How did you feel?
•  Would you like to go to summer camp? Why or why not?
•  What are your favorite outdoor activities in the summer?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a Camp Poster with the name of your camp and pictures of fun things at your camp.
•  Make a map of your perfect summer camp. For an example, see:
•  Make postcards and send them to your family and friends. For a printable postcard template, see:

Special activities:
•  Bring old postcards or letters you wrote to your parents when you were on vacation or at camp. Show and read them to the kids.
•  Bring unused postcards and talk about the place on the cards that you visited.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!