It’s Thanksgiving at Grandma’s, and nothing’s worse than being stuck with the babies.
As he waits with the toddlers for dinnertime, Gavin is pretty despondent…until his cousin Rhonda suggests they make a break for the swingset in the backyard (despite being told to stay with the “rest of the kids”). As she says, “sometimes you have to make your own fun.” They creep out of the designated kids’ room under cover of coats. The front door is blocked by vicious guard dogs (Grandma’s sleeping dachshunds). The “hall of aunts” may leave them pinched and smothered with hugs if they are spotted. They head for the back door, past the “great wall of butts” (parents watching football—don’t get between them and the TV!). They make it past the zombies (teenagers playing video games in the basement) and the food trap (the kitchen)…but it’s raining. Still, there’s fun to be made! Graphic novelist and illustrator Fearing’s first solo picture book, based on his memories of Thanksgivings past, is a hoot for all ages. Kids will identify, and parents will reminisce. The digitally manipulated colored-pencil illustrations from a kid’s-eye view layer the humor on an exaggeratedly goofy text.
A holiday offering that definitely makes a fun all its own. (Picture book. 5-9)