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Camp Pock-a-Wocknee & The Dynomite Summer of ’77

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“Adolescent romance and mischief animate an endearing, gleefully raunchy coming-of-age tale.” – Kirkus Reviews

Camp Pock-a-Wocknee & the DYN-O-MITE Summer of ‘77 is a coming-of-age graphic novel celebrating the traditions, friendships, and idiocy that make up summers at Jewish sleepaway camp. Combining the nostalgic mood of The Wonder Years, the raucousness of Superbad, and the adolescent angst of Pen15, this 300-page graphic novel juxtaposes classic, black and white, comic strip art with an R-rated story to capture the tension created when the innocence of childhood crashes into the messiness of adolescence.

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An endearing, gleefully raunchy coming-of-age tale.
Kirkus Reviews

Glickman’s first graphic novel, Camp Pock-A-Wocknee and the Dyn-O-Mite Summer of ‘77, inspired by his bug juice-splattered youth, will hit a rich vein of nostalgia for many who miss the halcyon days of color wars and canteen
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"I’m not certain how it’s possible to pick up so strongly on someone else’s personal nostalgia but “Glick” embeds it so deeply in this book, that by its end, I wanted to be not just at a summer camp, but there, with him and his friends, at Camp Pock-a-Wocknee, in the summer of 1977. Dyn-O-Mite, indeed!"
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Format

,

Genre

Slice of Life

Language

English

Pages

304

Rating

Adult

Eric Glickman, Author
Eric Glickman is part of his family’s three generations that all went to the same Jewish sleepaway camp. Following in his parents’ footsteps, Eric spent 10 summers there as a camper, waiter, and counselor. Later, his three children also went there for many summers. Eric spent 36 years as an advertising creative and helped convince millions of people to eat soup in a can packed with meat & veggies, wiggly-jiggly, gelatinous, fruit-flavored desserts, poultry that is seasoned, fried then served in a bucket, and cheesy crackers shaped like fish. He is currently getting his master's at NYU in Art Education + Community Practice. Eric is married to his college sweetheart, Melissa, who he met at Syracuse University. Together, they have three children who are now adults.
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S. Duck
October 12, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars Great summer camp nostalgia!

Fun ride of a teenager's excitement, anxiety, comradery, and hormones when at summer camp. Re-exploring the popular song's of the 70's while navigating the awkwardness of teenage love interests and summer friendships.

5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and nostalgic coming of age graphic novel

I thoroughly enjoyed this graphic novel. Camp Pock-a-Wocknee and the Dynomite Summer of '77 is a charming coming of age story that captures the formative experience of summer camp. Despite that I am not Jewish, did not grow up in the late 70s, and never attended summer camp; I could not help but feel enthralled and identified with the main character Glick. I have to admit that it made me feel very nostalgic. The author makes a great job of giving you enough details to explain the cultural references. As the warning in the cover suggests, this is not a graphic novel for (little) kids; the graphic novel goes into some racy details that you would expect from teenagers away from their parents.

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Johnny Dangerously
February 27, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically fun read no matter your background

I'm not Jewish nor did I ever attend a day of summer/sleepaway camp but that didn't keep me from having a blast reading this book! In fact, by the end it made me wish for these things. The author captured a time and place with utter hilarity, nostalgia and heartwarmth. Yeah it gets a little raunchy here and there but nothing that's so far out of pocket that it makes it disgusting. Whether you want to face it or not, that is teenage boys and this is actually mild. At first, it felt like a play-by-play description book of what summer camp is, but after a few pages I realized it was just setting the scene for my mind to truly be at Camp with the kids. Then I was engrossed and couldn't put the book down. Belly laughs all the way back to the bus.

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Alina
February 17, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and nostalgic coming of age story

This graphic novel was a lot of fun. While I have never been to summer camp, I feel like the author captured the summer camp vibe perfectly (as well as the grossness of young boys). The book was full of humor, heart, and nostalgia 🙂 Worth a read!

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Amazon Customer
February 10, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars Now I Wish I'd Gone To Camp

I wasn't sure I'd enjoy Camp Pockawocknee, but I was wrong. The story was nuanced, lots of humor and 70s pop culture references, and honestly, the last ten pages of the book brought it all together in such a sweet way, I was a little sorry it was over. Absolutely worth reading.

Camp Pock-a-Wocknee & The Dynomite Summer of ’77

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