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THE GREAT INDOORS

DISNEY/HYPERION (2019)

Junior Library Guild Selection book

When the humans head out to go camping, the animals settle in for a relaxing holiday of their own! Teen bear takes over the bathroom with her curling iron, the beavers prepare their fanciest recipes, and the deer kick up their feet for a dance party. What starts as a little unwinding soon escalates to a big mess, just in time for everyone to head home. . . .

"In hilarious cartoon illustrations, Chan follows the wild visitors. . .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." -- Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

"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." -- School Library Journal

"Kids will appreciate the entertaining riff on the way vacations go wrong and right, and maybe they'll cast a longing look behind them for possible animal adventure as they leave for their own holiday." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 

"The tables are turned in this mischievous comedy about the highs and lows of camping." -- The Horn Book

"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 went by, thing got less than perfect") and leisure-obsessed animals." -- Publisher's Weekly