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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  464 ratings  ·  87 reviews
When a human family goes camping every year, woodland creatures move into their house for a week of relaxing in the great indoors, where they enjoy dance parties, the wonders of refrigeration, and good cell phone reception.
Published April 9th 2019 by Disney-Hyperion
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Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children Who Prefer the Idea of a Staycation Indoors to Camping in the Woods
Julie Falatko, the author of the amusing Snappsy the Alligator books, and Ruth Chan, author/illustrator of the entertaining Georgie and Friends titles, join forces in this unusual holiday adventure. While a human family heads off for their own vacation in the outdoors, a group of woodland animals takes up residence in their home, intent on enjoying "the great indoors." Things go well at first, but soon the animals have created a terrible mess and, deciding that their own homes are best, ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wonderfully funny take on what happens when the forest wildlife decide to take a break from the outdoors! This one is zany enough for kids, and clever and creative enough for the adults.
I like the book/story, but thought it was kind of hectic. I'm not a fan of hectic.
Lynn Plourde
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebook
Quirky, funny, delightful chaos as the outside critters go inside for their annual vacation while the humans who own the house are away for their annual vacation.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
The animals of the forest go on vacation---off to the great indoors. They all relish the delights of being inside---toilets, blow-dryer, curling iron, a roof over their heads, ice cream, karaoke, electric lights, ice, cooking---but it did not take long for things to take a darker turn, and soon everyone began to long for home.

A fun romp of a story that turns the idea of a vacation from the normal on its head.
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
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Anyone who has been camping will think this book is cute.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
That's one way to think outside of the box. Very cute! 💖
Jessie Sima
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adorable and hilarious! The caffeinated skunk is my favorite.
Apr 26, 2019 added it
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Clever concept, hilariously executed!
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When the humans head out on vacation, the animals move in for their own holiday time. The beavers head to the kitchen to make plenty of snacks for everyone. The deer set up a dance party. A teen bear takes over the bathroom to curl her hair. The skunks used their cell phones. The bears used the humans’ tools to build things. Now there was no peace and quiet, no lack of screen time, and everything the indoor life had to offer. But as the week goes on, the parties and life of ease turn into one bi ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ever wonder where animals go for vacation? To the great indoors, of course! While we’re out camping and hiking, they are experiencing the comforts of indoor living: plenty of food on hand, indoor plumbing, including a shower, electricity, and a cold drink (“Much better than the forest-temperature drinks at home.”)

But, as with every vacation, sometimes you can have too much of a good thing or maybe start getting on each others’ nerves. “The great indoors is too much work!” That’s the time you th
Baby Bookworm
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
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Hello, friends! Our book today is The Great Indoors, written by Julie Falatko and illustrated by Ruth Chan, a cute tale of woodland creatures getting away from it all.

Soon after a family pulls away from their home, their car loaded up with camping gear and supplies, a group of animals peeks out from the bushes and ventures into the empty house. The Bears, Beavers, Deer, and many more woodland f
Jurij Fedorov
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Julie Falatko is a master-troll. Her Snappy book is brilliant. This one has a great idea too and presents a story not really seen before. But the joke grows stale here because it's just 1 punchline and we see it on page 1. Snappy had recurring gags and new jokes. This one just has gags in this one single joke setting. There is not much to it but mostly because the images are just of animals doing stuff. I remember those amazing books from my childhood where you would see a full big building from ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
The Great Indoors by Julie Falatko, illustrated by Ruth Chan. PICTURE BOOK. Disney Hyperion, 2019. $18. 978-136800083-3



While the people go for their vacation to the great outdoors, the forest animals move in and vacation in the great indoors. It's lovely with a roof over their heads, the use of electricity helps them bake, use power tools, sing karaoke - all the fun things any animal would love to do on vacation. But so many in the n
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
While the people go for their vacation to the great outdoors, the forest animals move in and vacation in the great indoors. It's lovely with a roof over their heads, the use of electricity helps them bake, use power tools, sing karaoke - all the fun things any animal would love to do on vacation. But so many in the now crowded house soon begins to wear on everyone's nerves.

Julie Falatko has written a cool twist on "how I spent my summer vacation." The animals doing human things are so funny - a
When my grandparents would take my sister and me camping each year, I often wondered why we never saw lots of wild animals beyond squirrels, chipmunks, and rabbits. This hilarious picture book shows what happens when humans go off to camp in the great outdoors - they move into their comfortable homes for a week of vacation indoors. Humorous artwork and clever turnabout will have young readers giggling as the animals have all sorts of fun, and eventually get tired and homesick for the nice peacef ...more
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
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Delightful look at what happens when the forest animals take their yearly vacation week. They enjoy a week of relaxation and comfort inside a home.
Falatko captures the exact transition from joyful arrival, exciting activities to cranky behaviors and definitely time to go home.
Readers will enjoy the humor on each page as they read about the activities animals enjoy. The illustrations capture the joy of vacation and transition along with the words to the end of the week.
Love the last page as the
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Childrens picture book. When a human family leaves for the vacation, their woodland animal neighbors take their vacation to "the great indoors." The animals use all the electronics on their vacation and enjoy convenient foods that are cooked hot or very cold. As they progress through the week, their new living arrangement loses its shine and they are all happy to return to the forest, until next year. A fun story that gently criticizes some of the over-indulgent tendencies that humans have. The ...more
Tina Hoggatt
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You know that thing where you idealize your annual vacation, are so stoked to be at your special place with all your family and friends, and after a few days reality and conflict set in? This book about animals vacationing in the great indoors is constructed of hilarity, charm, and stellar illustrations. The author is one of the funniest picture book creators around and illustrator Ruth Chan makes the most of the abundant openings Falatko provides for visually expanding the story. For my money, ...more
A Allen
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
The concept is really cute, although I think much of the humor would be lost on the age group I teach. At first the animals are excited about all the modern amenities that they don't get in the forest, but they soon are ready to head for home. They left the house a mess in the end which I thought was a funny nod to humans who leave a mess when camping but it was also a bit sad. I loved all the ways that the homeowners' personalities and culture were sprinkled throughout before we even met them.
Audrey Day-Williams
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mentor-text-pb
This is one of those picture books where the words and art compliment each other perfectly.
The books tickles the funny bone and is a wonderful twist on a vacation gone well...too well.
If you're a picture book writer and looking for a mentor text for how to do a first page, this should be on your list.
I read this to my almost 10-year-old at the library and a few other rando kids gathered round and surrounded me with smiles and giggles. A winner for sure.
Kirsti Call
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Nothing like a frosty cold drink," said the bear. '"So much better than
the forest-temperature drinks at home."

Clever and witty, as usual, Julie Falatko and Ruth Chan create a whimsical world where animals take their vacation in someone's house. Filled with the hullaballo of animals in a house, the adventures don't stop until the very last page when you discover....well, I won't ruin the surprise. Such a fun read aloud, and good book for laughs.
MeganRuth - Alohamora Open a Book
Funny. Loved the play off The Great Outdoors and changed it for animals taking a week inside a home for vacation. Fun for the kids, but I think funnier for adults and older readers that catch all the little things (like a teenager hogging the bathroom).

It's a little long for a storytime, but a classroom read aloud or to be read with your kids works perfect.
Molly Cluff (Library!)
A bunch of naughty forest animals goes on "vacation" inside somebody's house when the people aren't there. They binge-watch TV and eat all the food and go crazy with the devices, and make a big mess. I think it was meant to just be strictly funny, but it left me unsatisfied that they didn't change their behavior by the end.
A large group of forest animals take over a house when the human occupants leave for vacation. The beavers quickly become "busy," the bears take over the tv. Skunks and deer also made themselves at home. Eventually keeping house becomes too much of a chore and they choose to leave. Just in time for the family to come home and discover their destroyed house.
You know, I never really stopped to think about what a forest critter's idea of a "vacation" would be, but it totally makes sense that a human house would be a fantastic attraction.
Of course, these are animals that talk and use electricity, so it's obviously going to be different for them!
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story is along the lines of Goldilocks but the bears, deer, beavers, and skunks go on vacation indoors. The people have gone on vacation outdoors. Fun premise and the ending is a surprise. Fun for kids to read on summer vacation, I think.
Ms Threlkeld
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This laugh-out-loud story flips the idea of vacation on its head by having woodland creatures stay at a vacationing family's house for a week. Everything starts out great, but by the end of the week it is definitely time to go home! Hmm, can anyone relate? ;)
Lori Hayes
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it
So this is what happens when we go on vacation for a week. LOL. Cute story. Would be fun to read to a toddler with a longer attention span, but there is no real resolution to the problems that come up.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: work
The animals are just like humans! What happens when a family goes on vacation and the animals have theirs? This has great pictures and the last page is a perfect ending without saying a thing. If you enjoy the outdoors you will like this book.
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