Daniel the Camp-er by S. J. Henderson



Story cartel sent me a copy (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  5  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

Daniel’s back and even more draw-ery than before!
There are a few simple rules Daniel follows.
Rule One: never let an adult see your weakness. Daniel made that mistake and look where he ended up—summer camp.
Rule Two: never make fun of the person who feeds you, unless you like Miss Gunderson’s peppery pancakes and green hamburgers.
Rule Three: stay away from girls who love Glitter Ponies. They have cooties, after all.
And Rule Four: never, ever lose your magic pencil.
But Daniel has broken all of his own rules. Now he’s stuck and starving at Camp Bigfoot with the school bully as his bunkmate and an ooey-gooey girl who won’t leave him alone. If all of that wasn’t bad enough, his prized possession, a pencil that brings his drawings to life, has gone missing and wacky creatures are popping up all over camp.
Can Daniel survive Camp Bigfoot and find his magic pencil before it’s too late?


Genre:  Children, 6 – 12 (and/or for all who are still young at heart; recommended age:  6 – 106)

Series:  Daniel the Draw-er, #2

Length:  257 pages

Release date:  2015-02-13



“No,” I say. “I’m not okay. My life is ruined.”

My life is worse than ruined. I’m going to camp.


My Opinion

The book takes you, Daniel, his friends Annie and Pat to Camp Bigfoot. He reluctantly boards the bus to camp and – the adventures begin. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Daniel the Camp-er, S. J. Henderson has created another wonderful children’s book. Daniel has to cope with kids who don’t like him and kids he doesn’t really like, with adults who are pretty strange – at least from a little boy’s point of view. Daniel the Camp-er is a heart-warming and fun read – there are no lags. I was drawn into the story right away. I felt quite close to the characters and their experiences. All characters were believable, still leaving room for the readers’ imagination. Daniel the Camp-er is a great story not only for children – a truly enjoyable read.

This is a book to read, read again, and/or give as a gift.


About the author

When S. J. was a little S. J., she enjoyed writing stories and sharing them with her friends. Of course they were ridiculous, and, of course, she was supposed to be doing Math homework instead. However, those old stories lit the spark for sharing words with others. S. J. still despises Math, and hopes you like her books more than fractions and decimals.

S. J. lives with her husband and four boys on a farm in The Middle of Nowhere, Michigan. Their family belongs to three dogs, one bored cat, and four horses. Most of S. J.’s free time is spent in the saddle, because she feels more comfortable there than on her own feet.


Connect with the Author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Daniel the Camp-er?  Or – if you did not yet read Daniel the Camp-er  – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Daniel the Camp-er was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂



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