Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing –OPTIONAL

Fearing, Mark The Great Thanksgiving Escape 32 pgs. Candlewick, 2014. $15.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G. PICTURE BOOK 
Gavin doesn’t care much for his family Thanksgiving. He is usually stuck with the babies but that’s better than the Zombie teenagers. He and his cousin Rhonda decide to try to escape outside to play, but its harder than it looks. Will they be able to get past the pinchy cuddly Aunts and the guard dogs?
I could be mistaken, but don’t most kids have fun at Thanksgiving family dinners? (younger than teenager anyway). Although this is a fun adventure and I think students will enjoy it, I do hate to introduce the concept that kids should be bored and that the event is like a jail they are trying to escape from.  The illustrations are dark and ominous, kind of gross, but it actually works well for this plot.

EL (K-3) -OPTIONAL  Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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