readers will enjoy Dillard’s newest Mouse Scouts adventure.
Camp Out is a Scout lesson in adapting and pulling together
for a single cause, despite one’s fear or weakness.
Parents will see it as one of many life lessons, but young
readers will see it as another courageous Mouse Scouts tale.
Mouse Scouts (Violet, Tigerlily, Hyacinth, Petunia, Junebug,
and Cricket) are back and preparing for an exciting, new quest.
When Miss Poppy tells the Acorn Scouts they’re going
to earn their “Camp Out” badges, they open the
Mouse Scout Handbook and start packing. Some prepare reluctantly
while others pack with excitement. Tigerlilly is excited,
but Violet is worried about sleeping outside. Hyacinth handles
it by packing her satin sheets, while Junebug packs a neck
scarf to ward off allergens. As they stand ready to enter
the Wilderness, Miss Poppy sets ground rules and warns of
hidden dangers. Once they find the right spot and set up camp,
the real adventure begins.
Mouse Scouts proves to be a popular series, and I believe
it’s because each Scout has a different personality.
They express similar thoughts and emotions of those reading
the series. The frosting on the cake is the delightful black
and white illustrations. Readers enjoy seeing Dillard's characters,
as well as the storyline come to life.