Back of Book: It’s another Thanksgiving at Grandma’s. Gavin expects a long day of boredom and being pestered by distantly related toddlers, but his cousin Rhonda has a different idea: make a break for it — out of the kids’ room to the swing set in the backyard! Gavin isn’t so sure, especially when they encounter vicious guard dogs (in homemade sweaters), a hallway full of overly affectionate aunts, and worse yet, the great wall of butts! Will they manage to avoid the obstacles and find some fun before turkey time? Or will they be captured before they’ve had a taste of freedom?
I love leading my class books about Thanksgiving. When I stumbled upon this story from Scholastic, I knew that I had to add it to my collection. Almost every child can relate to having too many relatives who all want to hug them and ask how they are. I love how each part of the story talks about a different type of relative. (my favorite is the bit about teenagers) The illustrations are unique and make Mark Fearing’s story come to life. My students enjoyed the story and laughed at the surprise ending. This makes for a great read aloud in the classroom, or at home.
Ages 5 and up