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The House in the Night Hardcover – May 5, 2008
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Inspired by a cumulative poem found in The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book, Swanson's words are short simple. "Here is the key to the house / In the house burns a light / In that light rests a bed." As we read, a small child places the key on a hook as a dog, a cat, and some kittens mill about. She walks into the room and spots a book on the bed. "In that book flies a bird." As the text grows expansive, discussing the bird's song, the girl imagines taking a trip on its back above the land, "Through the dark", past the moon, and the sun, and the sky. In the end she goes to bed, not far from the key in, "the house in the night, a home full of light." The shape of the story allows it to go from a small intimate story to an exciting flight around the world, and then back to bed where the little girl curls up cozily and falls asleep.Read more ›
This book will be on my "buy 10" and give out as presents all year list.
We checked this out from the library, and my 5-year-old loves it. Truth be told, I probably love it even more. I'll be buying a copy for our family and several more as gifts.
Krommes illustration technique of scratchboard with intermittent color accentuating the important parts of the story lead the reader to a textured, moving realm of literature. As Swanson uses simple words to help children know order and objects, the storyline also tells the tale of a child getting ready for bed and using his/her imagination to travel outside his/her home. After going into the home, into her room, into her book, and into the world the reader is then transported back into the book, into the room, into the house, and into the world of the character.
As a former art major student and artist I can fully appreciate the time it took for the illustrations in this book to be created. Scratchboard a difficult medium to work in, and can create a great deal of movement in the final piece.
As for the text, it does do a wonderful job in reinforcing timeline, order, and organization. The naming of basic objects, and the illustrations of more to name later on your own, creates a learning opportunity for young readers. The underlying message of being able to leave your home in your imagination through books, and the ability to return to it later, just as you left it is a wonderful way to entice young readers to read more books.
The writing itself is simple and easy to follow, definitely aimed toward the 1-5 age group as an illustrated children's book, but the illustrations are beautiful and enrapturing. Unquestionably, this is a young children's book, but I believe that because of the unique quality of the illustrations, readers of any age can enjoy and be inspired by it to create their own art and writing that will add to the human dialogue and culture. I recommend this text to all readers for it's artistic merit, but specifically to ages 1 - 5.
-Lindsey Miller, lindseyslibrary
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beautiful pictures. the book reads like a little poem. Not sure if we will use the book long term.Published 14 days ago by Careey
Very nice book. I really like the graphics. My 2 year old grandson was intrigued too by the monochromatic pictures with a few items in yellow. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Kathleen Murray
Tree in the hole and the hole in the ground and the green grass grows all around. A story of nesting items, with rather striking artwork. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Dione Basseri
I see why this book won an award. The illustrations are beautiful and it is able to capture the attention of a 14 mo old. We love it.Published 1 month ago by YG
The illustration is amazing! I bought this to help teach art and show students what they can do with a simple black scratch board.Published 3 months ago by Carolyn Luckette
I love picture books; for me they are works of art. This is a particularly sweet picture book about a child's house in the night. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amy L. Butler