The Great Indoors by Julie Falatko, illustrated by Ruth Chan

Published by Disney-Hyperion

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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.

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