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Thalia Book Club Camp offers up-close interaction with renowned children's book authors and illustrators, book discussions, and book-related field trips around the city. This blog follows the camp's activities.

Thalia Book Club Camp, Week 2, Day 5

Published on July 24, 2015


Somehow, another week of camp has flown by! We can hardly believe it. We started the morning in the Thalia acting out scenes from today’s book Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe’s Wiener Getaway. The book is just as kooky as it sounds! It’s about an earth-born human named Cosmoe, who drives a flying food truck across the universe! As you can imagine, Cosmoe gets into all sorts of crazy adventures and has encounters with aliens and space zombie pirates. But stepping into the shoes of these characters and acting out these wacky scenes really helped us relate better to the out-of-this-world book.

Then it was time to meet Max Brailler, author of Galactic Hot Dogs. Max told us that when he was younger, he loved watching movies, and when he was 11, he would write reviews for his local paper. He also dreamed of being a baseball player, a jedi, Indiana Jones, and a comic book writer — and we know that at least one of those dreams came true! When he writes comics, one of Max’s strategies is to write about something very ordinary, then make it strange, by doing something like setting the scene in space! This inspired the first writing activity of the day, which Max called “Space-ify.”

Max told us that in addition to writing graphic novels, he also writes activity books and “Choose Your Own Adventure” stories for some of our favorite TV shows like Adventure Time and Regular Show, AND he designs online video games! He asked us to choose one of our favorite books or TV shows and imagine that we were designing an activity book for it.What kind of puzzles and quizzes and writing ideas could we come up with? We created activities for books and shows like Masterchef, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Dance Moms. Max also had us write about an ordinary day where something really strange happens. He had so many great tips on how to make our stories funny and wacky! Then he signed books and took a photo with us.


It was also a perfect day for lunch in the park! We had our last chances to play Word Assassins, Apples to Apples, Sushi Go!, and Uno.

After lunch, we headed back to the Thalia for our traditional Friday share. We read some of the writings we had been working on since camp began, shared some really cool magic tricks, performed riddles, and did gymnastics! We also played one last round of handshake assassin, and revealed the winner of the week-long Word Assassin game.


Before we knew it, it was time for our Friday Goodbye party. We each got a card with a photo from camp, and had each other sign it as a way to remember what a fun week this was. We had cupcakes, lemonade, grapes, and one camper even brought in homemade cookies! It was such an amazing week. Some campers will be back next week, and we hope to see others again next year!

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