A hilarious, kid-friendly take on Thanksgiving — full of family, food, and lots of fun!
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?
is the author-illustrator of the graphic novel Earthling!
and has illustrated several award-winning picture books. The inspiration for The Great Thanksgiving Escape,
the first picture book he has both written and illustrated, were memories of the unexpected, unplanned events at family gatherings—“the fun that was discovered, not mandated.” Mark Fearing lives in Oregon.
Fearing finds laughs in the uncomfortable truth that for a lot of people — children included — family holiday gatherings are the opposite of fun.
—New York Times Online
Playing with perspective, Fearing’s digitally created cartoons show long lines of pantyhosed legs and an aerial shot of outstretched manicured hands reaching for a hug. Funny play-by-play running commentary describes the action as it unfolds. ... Expect requests for second helpings of this holiday treat.
—School Library Journal
Graphic novelist and illustrator Fearing’s first solo picture book, based on his memories of Thanksgivings past, is a hoot for all ages. Kids will identify, and parents will reminisce. The digitally manipulated colored-pencil illustrations from a kid’s-eye view layer the humor on an exaggeratedly goofy text. A holiday offering that definitely makes a fun all its own.
Fearing revels in his portraits of cinematically exaggerated horrors like the “Hall of Aunts!” (“We’ll be pinched and smothered for sure!” cries Rhonda) and a basement full of teenage “zombies” staring at their digital devices. Rhonda’s advice to Gavin—“Sometimes you have to make your own fun”—will serve readers well on Thanksgiving Day or any time of year.
Bold, digitally touched pencil illustrations follow the characters through the gauntlet of holiday terrors, from pinching, snuggling aunts to the (allegedly) booby-trapped but so- wonderful-smelling food in the kitchen. Filled with humorous dialogue and with surefire read-aloud appeal, this will easily find an appreciative audience—especially among those who are, like the characters, too old to play with the little kids and too young to play with the big kids.
With their odd angles and unusual perspectives, the digital and pencil caricature illustrations ... capture the claustrophobia—and, for imaginative kids, the diverting possibilities—of a large family gathering.
—The Horn Book
A wonderful kid's-eye view of Thanksgiving. ... Fearing's work has an appealing edginess that resonates with kids, and he's a careful observer of telling detail, which adds to the enjoyment.