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The Resource The great indoors, by Julie Falatko ; illustrated by Ruth Chan

The great indoors, by Julie Falatko ; illustrated by Ruth Chan

Label
The great indoors
Title
The great indoors
Statement of responsibility
by Julie Falatko ; illustrated by Ruth Chan
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Woodland animals camp in a human house for a weeklong vacation while the family that lives there is away
Tone
Illustration
Review
  • Grades K-3 /* Starred Review */ Vacation time! No sooner does the RV, piled high with camping gear, head off down the road toward Mother Nature than Nature begins moving into the empty house. “The bears always arrived first,” Falatko begins, and the bears are soon joined by beavers lugging groceries, deer with a karaoke machine and disco balls, and skunks plugging in their cell phones: “Ah, the simple life. When you want light, you just flip a switch. So simple.” Alas, the idyll begins to sour after a week (“You’re not supposed to put nacho cheese in the toaster!”), as the garbage and litter mount up and the pleasures of outdoor peace and quiet, not to mention the ease of just peeing behind a tree rather than having to figure out how to use the toilet and toilet paper, begin to look more and more appealing. In hilarious cartoon illustrations, Chan follows the wild visitors (some of whom are given human ’dos just to make the episode’s point a bit more explicit) as they exuberantly trash their temporary habitat and, when the revels pall, wearily depart for their native one . . . just before, unsuspecting, the human vacationers walk back through the door. A peaceful nature scene closes as neat a bit of turnabout as ever was. -- John Peters (Reviewed 3/15/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 14, p74)
  • PreS-Gr 2—In this humorous twist on the phrase "the great outdoors," a menagerie of forest animals move into a home to enjoy the great indoors. The beavers move into the kitchen to cook and provide snacks, while the deer dance along with a karaoke machine. The skunks enjoy the electricity and cell phone reception, and the beavers are happy to be dry. The moose welcome the noise, and the bears work on projects with power tools. Before long, though, the benefits of the great indoors begin to wear thin. A beaver complains: "My thumbs hurt from playing Dam Builder 4 all day," the kitchen is a mess, and a bear breaks the bed. Finally, in a wordless double-page spread, the animals' facial expressions convey their frustration amid the chaos. The animals miss the outdoors but heartily agree to come back next year. The final pages reveal a human family approaching the door, relieved to be home and about to encounter their wrecked home after, what must be assumed, their vacation in the great outdoors. Cartoon-style illustrations and speech bubbles, alongside humorous illustrations (such as the bear working on a honey purifier), make this one a winner. VERDICT A laugh-out-loud title that's sure to be a hit with older preschoolers and early elementary students.—Ramarie Beaver, Plano Public Library System, TX --Ramarie Beaver (Reviewed 04/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 3, p58)
  • Humans head to the outdoors to get away from it all—why shouldn’t forest animals recharge their batteries by doing the exact opposite? That’s the perfectly reasonable explanation for a bunch of critters surreptitiously turning a house into vacation central while its human owners are away. This is the real “simple life”: a roof over their heads, a big-screen TV, a kitchen (the beavers cook lasagna and bring lots of ice cream), and great phone reception. “The most relaxing week of the year” says a blissed-out mother bear. But every vacation eventually runs out of steam (“I miss peeing behind a tree,” a skunk says; “Who keeps licking the butter?” a beaver asks) and the group decamps, leaving behind a house that’s definitely worse for the wear and promising to rendezvous at the same time next year. Cartooning by Chan (Georgie’s Best Bad Day) has a naive goofiness that nails the void-the-warranty spirit of time off, while Falatko (the Snappsy the Alligator series) effectively voices both deadpan narrator (“As the days go by, thing got less perfect”) and leisure-obsessed animals: “Good-bye, peace and quiet!” “Hello, dance party!” Ages 3–5. Author’s agent: Danielle Smith, Red Fox Literary. Illustrator’s agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Apr.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 02/20/11) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 6, p)
  • When a human family goes away for a week, various animals use their home as a vacation spot. On the front endpapers, the van is depicted driving off, packed with sleeping bags, fishing poles, and gear. Animals peek out from behind bushes, and the bears are the first to step inside the house. "Ah, the great indoors!" The bears are followed by beavers, who make extensive use of the conveniences of the kitchen; next come deer, ready for a dance party, and skunks, who enjoy the "simple life" with electricity. Toward the end of the week, things start to go awry, with messes everywhere. The animals start to miss home, and they're ready to leave, though they make plans to return next year. Chan's playful illustrations use clean lines and watercolor in light colors to build from fun to chaos. The text is filled with inside jokes for knowing older members of outdoorsy families, but even those don't manage to raise the story's humor beyond a smile. With little substance beyond the familiarity of the role reversal and no interesting surprises or humor to grab readers' attention, this book doesn't reach its potential. A cute concept poorly delivered. (Picture book. 4-8) (Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2019)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10761248
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Falatko, Julie
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.1.F348
LC item number
Gr 2019
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1980-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Chan, Ruth
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Vacations
  • Forest animals
  • Vacations
  • Forest animals
  • Humorous stories
  • Vacations
  • Forest animals
Target audience
preschool
Label
The great indoors, by Julie Falatko ; illustrated by Ruth Chan
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1048014592
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781368000833
Lccn
2018032599
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1048014592
Label
The great indoors, by Julie Falatko ; illustrated by Ruth Chan
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1048014592
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781368000833
Lccn
2018032599
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1048014592

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