In a cabin, in the woods…

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In a cabin, in the woods, what comes next in that song…?

If you can finish that line then you’ve probably been to summer camp. With only 3 weeks left on my kids’ school calendar (hard to believe) and summer planning well underway, I wanted to post about my summer-themed book for kids.

It’s called Rosco the Rascal Goes to Camp and it’s about a brother and sister who go to sleep-away camp for a week. They’re able to take their German shepherd with them (by some small lucky twist of fate) and Rosco has as much fun as the rest of them out in the woods.

Throughout the course of the week the kids enjoy the usual fun activities of summer camp like archery, canoeing, arts and crafts, swimming, camp fires, roasting marshmallows, and a camp-wide game of capture-the-flag (my old favorite). (Pssst. The cover is getting a new look by a new illustrator – coming in June! Please stay tuned!)

The book has been reviewed on Amazon 23 times (so far-please feel free to add to that!) with some wonderful things said about it.

That it’s great for:

*preparing a child for camp for the first time

*comforting  a child who’s home from camp and missing it terribly

*both boys and girls

*adults who are reading it to their kids because it brings back wonderful memories of being that child away at summer camp.

I’ve also been told by one reviewer that he could really picture this book as a movie (love that!) because of its action-packed, realistic adventure.

And this just came in-a review from Story Monsters, Ink magazine, June 2016 issue!

The author’s personal love for summer camp and her great German shepherd dog flows through the story loud and clear. The daily details so orderly laid out will make children hopeful for such a fun summer experience. This is a great bridge book that will carry young readers further into their literary journey. The theme is pertinent, the characters relatable, and the outcome substantial. It will carry a love for reading into a more personal focus, developing an interest for novels. A young girl accompanies her older brother for her first big sleep-away adventure at Camp Hickory Ridge. Timid and unsure, her brother comforts her with the assurance she will enjoy herself so much that she won’t be able to wait until next year comes again. Many may fondly remember the growth, the development, and solidifying of our sense of self that came in those times of a peer society. Challenges, victories, even failures, that brought us home champions.
~ Darleen Wohlfeil, Story Monsters Ink magazine, June 2016

So if you’re looking for a fun way to get your child’s summer reading off to a great start, (and maybe a little begging to go to camp after they read it-sorry-I’ve been told that too!) take a chance and try out a book by an unknown independent author such as myself! It’s available in Kindle ($1.99 US, 1.37 UK) and Paperback ($6.33 US, 4.45 UK)


Ten-year-old James and his seven-year-old sister, Mandy are off to summer camp with their loyal German shepherd, Rosco. While Mandy struggles with homesickness, James’s week is threatened by a prank-playing bunkmate’s antics. But during an unexpected thunderstorm in a game of capture-the-flag, the prankster finds himself lost and alone deep inside the forest. Rosco must play the hero and save the boy but not before he and James teach him a hard-earned lesson about friendship. Wholesome, adventurous, outdoor fun, this Rosco the Rascal tale brings the magic of summer camp to life. *Recommended for ages 6-10 *Grade level K-4th *136 pages *17 black and white illustrations. Published June 2015.

Oh and here’s the rest of that song:

In a cabin in the woods
Little old man by a window stood
Saw a rabbit walking by
Knocking at the door.

Now if you’re hooked, here’s the cheesy Utube version if you’d like to hear the rest of the song:)

Thanks, as always, for reading!


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