Perfect Picture Book Friday! The Great Indoors by Julie Falatko

The Great Indoors
Written by Julie Falatko
Illustrated by Ruth Chan
40 pages – ages 5+
Published by Disney-Hyperion on April 9, 2019

Theme- Camping, Wildlife
Opening- “The bears always arrived first.”
Synopsis from Publisher- “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. . . .
Julie Falatko and Ruth Chan’s quirky humors shine in this hilarious take on family trips that will have kids wondering what exactly goes on back at home when they’re on vacation.”

What I Thought- This book is hilarious! Falatko writes such a wacky take on the great camping experiences that families experience – executed excellently, it sheds a humorous light on some of the things we may take for granted in our daily life. Chan’s illustrations completely complement Falatko’s zany style, showing exuberant expressions with cartoon-type illustrations. Kids will be laughing out loud while reading this book, and you’ll find that it will soon be a family favorite.

Activities and Resources- The best activity that I can think of is to build a pillow fort in your living room with your kid – make your own special “in-house” camping experience! If you want to take your kids for a more typical camping experience, has some great ideas for outdoor camping activities HERE!

Here are some other great picture books!

Lawrence in the Fall
Written by Matthew Farina
Illustrated by Doug Salati
48 pages – ages 5+
Published by Disney-Hyperion on April 9, 2019

Synopsis from Publisher- “When Lawrence Fox’s teacher announces that students will be presenting their collections at show-and-tell, Lawrence realizes he doesn’t have anything to share.
Luckily, Papa knows just what to do to help! Together, they venture into the woods. Lawrence is scared at first, but as he grows comfortable in the forest, he starts to recognize its magic, and how beautiful and unique each tree and leaf is, allowing him to gather a splendid, one-of-a-kind collection of his own!”

What I Thought- This was a very sweet book about family relationships and friendships. Lawrence wants to start a collection, so his dad knows just what to do – bring him into the woods! This dynamic lends the story to having Papa solve Lawrence’s dilemma – but Farina comes up with a clever way to empower Lawrence to find his solution. I loved that, because it then made the story more wholesome – Papa wants to help, Lawrence accepts the help, Lawrence figures out his problem. The illustrations are nice, capturing the spirit of the old-time woods perfectly. Families will love to read Lawrence in the Fall together.

This is the Construction Worker
Written by Laura Godwin
Pictures by Julian Hector
32 pages – ages 3+
Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 7, 2019

Synopsis from Publisher- “Young readers will delight in this step-by-step journey as a construction worker goes about her day on the job. With compelling details, vibrant color, and a driving rhythm, This is the Construction Worker builds up excitement as the high rise project in the illustrations grows taller and taller. Emphasizing teamwork and camaraderie, this story is a great read for home and the classroom, perfect for vehicle lovers and all young fans of busy activity!”

What I Thought- This is a sweet book for little kids – they are introduced to all of the wonderful things about construction sites and their workers. Godwin and Hector make a great team – the book is told in clear rhyme and is matched by bold colorful illustrations that kids will love.

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3 replies

  1. The Great Indoors sounds funny and I will definitely have to check it out. Always nice to have some funny picture books to recommend to my students. Thanks for sharing. šŸ™‚

  2. Erik, I wasn’t aware of most of these., so thank you for that šŸ™‚ And isn’t Julie the BEST? šŸ˜€

  3. I’ve got to read this one. I love Julie Falatko’s humor!

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