The Great Thanksgiving Escape
The Great Thanksgiving Escape

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Annotation: Gavin, preparing for a boring Thanksgiving Day with his relatives, joins his cousin's effort to escape to the swing set in the backyard, a journey marked by sweater-wearing dogs, affectionate aunts, and grownups of inconvient height.
Catalog Number: #148845
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7636-9511-4 Perma-Bound: 0-605-99184-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7636-9511-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-99184-2
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2013955664
Dimensions: 23 x 28 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
During Thanksgiving at Grandma's, Gavin and cousin Rhonda make their way outside past cheek-pinching aunts, "the Great Wall of Butts," and a horde of zombies (video-game-playing teenagers) to the swing set...where Mother Nature throws them another curve. With their odd angles and unusual perspectives, the caricature illustrations (just this side of grotesque) capture the claustrophobia--and diverting possibilities--of a large family gathering.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 The perils of a family get-together are drolly told from a child's point of view. While waiting for "turkey time," Gavin's parents tell him to play with the rest of the kids. Surrounded by drooling, stinky babies, he and his co-conspirator, cousin Rhonda, decide to make a break for it and head to the swing set in the backyard. They stealthily plot their escape and crawl along the floor under the cover of winter coats. Obstacles are faced at every turn, including smooches and snuggles from the "HALL OF AUNTS!" Playing with perspective, Fearing's digitally created cartoons show long lines of pantyhosed legs and an aerial shot of outstretched manicured hands reaching for a hug. Funny play-by-play running commentary describes the action as it unfolds. After a dark basement encounter with teenage video game-playing "ZOMBIES," the two young cousins finally make it to the back door. With wide, toothy grins, they gleefully play outside (despite a sudden downpour), exemplifying their credo, "sometimes you have to make your own fun." Expect requests for second helpings of this holiday treat. Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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Word Count: 380
Reading Level: 2.3
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.3 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 170761 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD490L
Guided Reading Level: N
Fountas & Pinnell: N

“Kids will identify, and parents will reminisce. . . . A holiday offering that definitely makes a fun all its own.” — Kirkus Reviews

It’s another Thanksgiving at Grandma’s. Gavin expects a long, boring day full of pesky toddlers, but his cousin Rhonda has a different idea: make a break for it to the swing set in the backyard! Gavin isn’t so sure, especially when they encounter vicious guard dogs (in homemade sweaters), overly affectionate aunts, and worst of all, the great wall of butts. Can they avoid all the obstacles and find some fun before turkey time?

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