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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
The Harrison series, written and illustrated by Becky Howard, is the kind of series that brings joy to children of all ages. In an odd twist, Bible verses are featured at the corner of every other page, providing a somewhat scriptural and theological reflection on the story that I found unexpected. The plot of Harrison Goes Camping was entertaining, and showed how much fun kids can get out of mundane activities like camping. The reader goes right along with Harrison and his family for their big trip, from packing to coming home, and what an adventure is had by all! Harrison gets scared along the way and worries that bears will come and gobble him up. What if they smell the marshmallows?
The illustrations were very cute and childlike - kids will eat them up! I was impressed that Becky both illustrates and writes her children's books and the cohesiveness between text and picture really shows that she is skilled at both. The drawings were simple colored pencil and did the job quite nicely. One thing I thought really unique was that, for the most part, the characters were all depicted facing away from the reader. That isn't usual, but it fitted well within the context of the Harrison series. The spiritual note was subdued, but its presence alone makes me say that this book should be reserved for religious institutions or families, and can be used as a teaching tool for young children who are learning about Bible verses for the first time.