Published by Disney-Hyperion
Summary: The bears arrive first, ready to enjoy their annual week inside. Then come the beavers, deer, and skunks. They marvel at the luxuries of a roof over their heads, ice cream in the freezer, and electricity. They enjoy their life indoors for a few days, but eventually things turn around and boredom sets in. They start to get on each others’ nerves and to miss life outside (“I miss peeing behind a tree,” says a skunk). At the end of the week, they’re ready to go home, but they promise each other they’ll be back for another vacation next year. The last page shows a family returning from a camping trip, unsuspecting that their house has been trashed by the animals. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: A perfect summer read-aloud, with the animals acting indoors just like humans do when they spend a week in the great outdoors. The wild and crazy illustrations and cartoon bubbles will elicit lots of laughs
Cons: The transition from enjoying vacation to boredom seemed abrupt.