The Bathing Costume: Or the Worst Vacation of My Life

Posted: January 31, 2014 in International literature, USBBY
The Bathing Costume: Or the Worst Vacation of My Life, by Charlotte Moundlic and illustrated by Olivier Tallec

The Bathing Costume: Or the Worst Vacation of My Life, by Charlotte Moundlic and illustrated by Olivier Tallec

OMG, to be in a place where it is warm enough to go swimming. **sigh** But we can read about almost-eight-year-old Ronnie’s first vacation away from his Mama, at the home of his grandparents in the country. And then he learns his cousins will be there . . . the cousins who make Ronnie the butt of their jokes! And the tradition is when you are eight, you jump off the 10-foot high diving board!! To make a bad situation even worse, Ronnie has to borrow a swimsuit that is too big!!! How to hold on to the swimsuit and jump off a terrifying diving board? Well, maybe there in a fail somewhere in that mix, but maybe there is a triumph also.

Set in France, this book is originally from France and is translated from the French. Written in journal format, this will be appealing to independent readers around 3rd grade or so who want a short “chapter” book. This book was selected as a 2014 Outstanding International Book by the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY).

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