Author: Tim Smith
Genre: Children's Non-Fiction, Standalone
Personal Rating: 3/5 (just okay)
Yearly Count: 16
This is a basic hiking and camping guide filled with cartoon characters and silly comments. There's also the bonus of trying to find the hidden fuzzy worm on every two pages.
The author came to our school (quite a while back now), and I thought it would be fun to purchase a book and get an autograph when he came. I was excited, just like the kids (and probably more), so I decided to see if I could visit with him prior to his presentation. He was not busy when I found him, so I began a friendly (giddyish) conversation with him. It immediately turned very awkward. He clearly did not want to engage with me. The brief eye contact (barely a glance) told me I was being a huge nuisance. I tried another sentence or two, then gave up. That personal interaction affected my feelings towards this book and will not get any more. Not fair, I know, but it's hard to separate the two. More importantly, he was so impatient and rude with the kids, too. The whole experience was very disappointing to say the least.