Cody and the Fountain of Happiness

By: Tricia Springstubb

Illustrator: Eliza Wheeler

“Camp! The word was a dark cloud on a bright day.” But then Cody’s camp is canceled, and summer is off to a good start. Especially when she meets Spencer, who’s visiting his grandmother. Black-and-white illustrations were done in ink and watercolor.

ISBN: 9780763658571

JLG Release: May 2015


Series: Cody
Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Summer vacation , Family life , Brothers and sisters , Sibling relationships , Friendship , Cats , Neighbors , Romantic crushes , Job promotions

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Awards & Honors

2015 Cybils Awards Nomination, Early Chapter Books

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly

Horn Book

Of all the beautiful things in the world (including marshmallows, turtles, and getting a perfect score on your spelling test), Cody thinks the first day of summer vacation is the most beautiful of all. It’s all the better when her day camp is cancelled (“Camp! The word was a dark cloud on a bright day”). With Mom pursuing a promot Of all the beautiful things in the world (including marshmallows, turtles, and getting a perfect score on your spelling test), Cody thinks the first day of summer vacation is the most beautiful of all. It’s all the better when her day camp is cancelled (“Camp! The word was a dark cloud on a bright day”). With Mom pursuing a promotion in the shoe department at work; Dad, a trucker, on the road part of the week; and older brother Wyatt starting at “doctor camp,” alternate plans are needed. Enter babysitter Payton Underwood (object of Wyatt’s crush), along with a new younger friend named Spencer, his cat MewMew, and his feisty grandma GG. Springstubb never specifies Cody’s age, allowing readers anywhere from around seven to ten to appreciate her ground-level perspective of her world. From Mom trying to quit smoking, to Cody’s own obsessions with animals, stomach chemistry, and hypnotism, to the geological excavation of the layers of her brother’s bed, Cody’s lively voice and keen observational skills build an involving story line out of the seeming simplicity of a vacation spent at home. Wheeler’s stylish spot illustrations throughout suggest a diverse cast in this suburban setting. (Readers will have to forgive her oversight in never showing Mom’s fancy work shoes, even though Cody describes them, repeatedly, in minute detail.) nina lindsay

The Horn Book Guide Review:
Cody thinks summer vacation is all the better when her day camp is canceled. Enter babysitter Payton, along with new friend Spencer, his cat, and his feisty grandma GG. Cody’s lively voice and keen observational skills build an involving story line out of the seeming simplicity of a vacation spent at home. Stylish spot illustrations suggest a diverse cast in this suburban setting.

Book Details

ISBN

9780763658571

First Release

May 2015

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Fic

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 7 3/4"

Page Count

160

Accelerated Reader

Level 3.6; Points: 2;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 2.5; Points: 5;

Lexile

Level 470L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Summer vacation, Family life, Brothers and sisters, Sibling relationships, Friendship, Cats, Neighbors, Romantic crushes, Job promotions,

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