Friday, July 17, 2015

Wonderful Picture Book

It is such a delight when you open the first pages of a new picture book and know that it will be brilliant.  That is exactly how I felt when reading the book I am profiling today.  It is funny - but not in an obvious way.  The artwork is crafted - but in a way that shows sophistication.  The book is a delight - in every way.

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Title: Home

Author: Carson Ellis

Target: Preschool - Grade 3

What this book is about: 
This book is a beautiful look at a variety of different homes - some real and some fantasy.  Home can be an apartment, a wigwam and of course the ever popular shoe.  Carson Ellis shows us were a Japanese businessman might live (think angles), a Kenyan blacksmith or even my favorite, a Norse god!  

Why I love this book: 
As I told the author, (I love writing that) what I admire the most about this book is the sublime humor.  Her choices are clever, and that is what makes this book so interesting.  One of the most enjoyable things about this book is talking with kids about the various homes represented and which ones they have stayed in or would like to live in.  You may not get past the cover!

Also the artwork is gorgeous.  Her color selection and style remind me in a lovely way of Jon Klassen so if you are a fan of his work, you will be drawn to this story immediately.  

One thing not to be missed is the treasure hunt included in the book.   On the page that shows her art room, she has filled it with knick knacks that appear in all the other homes in the story.  It is fun to look back and find the inspiration for various abodes throughout.  Just another way to enjoy this story.

Who this book is for: 
Well if you live in a home, your child will totally be able to relate!  That and they have to enjoy a clever story with lots of hidden gems.  This is not a traditional narrative so it is one that you will have to “discuss” while reading, but that is where the real fun begins.

Final thoughts: 
This is one of my favorite picture books this year.  I am so excited to see where her future books will take us.

To purchase this book:
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