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A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee · Chronicle Books 2003

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Mr. Magee and his trusty dog, Dee, are enjoying a peaceful camping trip when along comes a lumbering, marshmallow-loving bear and the excitement begins. The next thing the two heroes know, they are plunging down a mountain, racing down a river and teetering on the edge of a huge waterfall!

Excerpts from Reviews

“The ebullient rhyming text and nostalgic 1950’s-era gouaches bounce along with a lively comic momentum.” ~ Publishers Weekly

“This is a great book to use for reinforcing rhyming patterns with small children. Children and adults will enjoy the illustrations and will want to revisit this book together many times.”
~ Children’s Literature

“The artwork is eye-catching, not to mention fun.” ~ The Seattle Times


  • Children’s Book of the Month Club selection
  • Book Sense 76 selection
  • 2003 Lupine Award Honor Book -given by Maine Library Association

Personal Notes

After my first book came out, so many kids asked for another Mr. Magee adventure that it became pretty clear to me what my second book should be! Children just assumed it would be a series. I was more than happy to oblige. Since I already knew the character, this one was much easier to write. I think it’s a lot sillier though.