Just in time for “to grandmother’s house we go” is the hilarious and super cute The Great Thanksgiving Escape from author Mark Fearing. As a child we all feared the level of boredom a family holiday would hit; sitting on a plastic couch cover and listening to aunts and uncles that seemed so old. Gavin and his cousin Rhonda decide to make a break for it at grandma’s and make a break for the swing set in the backyard. There are of course funny obstacles that everyone can relate to; my kids and I were laughing at every page. The determined pair makes it through winter coats, dogs dressed in sweaters, drooling babies and the funniest: the hall of smooching aunts! It was like taking a trip down memory lane and my kids could relate to each page. In fact I think they were conspiring and planning for their own “escape” in a few week’s time. The book is a perfect start to the holiday season and great for kids ages 5-9. The pictures are bright and realistic and my daughter said she felt like she was a part of the story joining the cousins on their adventure. Please pick up The Great Thanksgiving Escape at your favorite bookstore or by visiting amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Great-Thanksgiving-Escape-Mark-Fearing/dp/0763663069.