Gone Camping: A Novel in Verse

by Tamera Will Wissinger and Matthew Cordell

Two siblings take on the great outdoors with their young-at-heart grandfather in this companion to the award-winning GONE FISHING. Exuberantly illustrated throughout and filled with a variety of poetic forms, this camping romp told in verse is packed with family humor and adventure.

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544638730
  • ISBN-10: 0544638735
  • Pages: 112
  • Publication Date: 03/28/2017
  • Carton Quantity: 24

About the book

Hiking in the great outdoors, catching fish, watching the stars come out at night—camping is fun. Until it’s time to sleep. Then, Lucy wonders, what kinds of creatures lurk in the dark? With only her brother and grandpa as tent-mates, will Lucy be able to face her camping fears? 

      Filled with a variety of poetic forms—from aubade to haiku—as well as exuberant art and helpful writing tips about rhyme and rhythm, this entertaining companion to the award-winning Gone Fishing is packed with family humor and adventure. So grab a flashlight and get settled in to experience the joy of campfires, s’mores, and storytelling!

About the author
Tamera Will Wissinger

Tamera Will Wissinger writes poetry and stories for children. She earned her B.A. degree in English from Sioux Falls College, and her M.F.A. degree in Writing from Hamline University. She is the author of Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse and This Old Band.  www.tamerawillwissinger.com

Matthew Cordell

Matthew Cordell has illustrated many picture and chapter books for children including Wolf in the Snow, which won the Caldecott Medal. He lives with his wife and their two children outside of Chicago, Illinois. Visit him online at matthewcordell.com and on Twitter @cordellmatthew.




Tercet Variation

Late night. 

House bright. 

Everybody packs tonight.

Summer:    Here. 

Trip:           Near. 

Mom and Lucy check our gear.

Map out. 

Plan our route. 

Dad named me chief camp scout.

One more 

Final chore. 

Duffel mountain near the door.

Next day. 

No delay. 

Campsite:    We are on our way!




List Poem

√     Tent 

√     Poles 

√     Stakes 

√     Hammer 

√     Rope

√     Grill kit 

√     Food 

√     Bucket 

√     Soap

√     Sleeping bags 

√     Canoe 

√     Canteen

√     Lantern 

√     Duffel bags 

√     Sunscreen

√     Fishing gear 

√     First-aid kit

√     Four campers 

√     One car 

√     Tight fit


Sam and Lucy


Dramatic Poem for Two




We’ll set up camp,

Go hiking,

Catch our bait.

We’ll build a blazing fire,

Stay up late. 


We’ll cool off by the lake.

We’ll barbecue.

We’ll fish with Mom and Dad

In our canoe. 


Tomorrow’s almost here.




We’re going camping in a day!


"...this is a strong selection for school libraries." 



"Just right or young chapter-book readers, here’s an accomplished, upbeat introduction to camping, poetic forms, and verse novels." 



"An uplifting tale showing what fun may be had when one summons the courage to head into the woods and off the grid."