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The House Takes A Vacation Hardcover – March 1, 2007

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Grade 1-3–When the Petersons go on vacation, their house decides to take one, too. After some discussion, the windows, roof, front door, and sun porch agree to go to the beach, though the chimney complains in a smoky voice, Travel is a pain in the bricks. As the house walks away on spindly legs, the basement stays put: 'You're such a stick-in-the-mud,' said the roof, but the basement refused to rise to the occasion. When it finally reaches the sea, it stays to watch the Dance of the Sunlight as the sun rises over the water. Can't top that, says the roof. Puns are plentiful as the house takes a swim in the ocean and then goes home, arriving just before the Petersons do. What happened? the family wonders, as their bedraggled residence, seaweed hanging from its roof, starts to plan another vacation for next year. This slight story is memorable mainly for its play on words. The large oil and colored-pencil illustrations blend vivid colors and flowing shapes to create an impressionistic mood. The different parts of the barn-red dwelling have facial features (eyes, eyebrows, and mouths) that suggest distinct personalities. The beach scenes mix a foam-green ocean with dazzling blue skies. Humorous visual details abound, echoing the tale's silly fun. The text is not long but it is somewhat sophisticated in its humor.–Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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About the Author

Author Jacqueline Davies's first novel Where the Ground Meets the Sky was named an IRA-CBC Children’s Award Notable Book, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People (NCSS-CBC), a Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year, and a Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice. Since then she has published two picture books, The Night Is Singing and The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon. Ms. Davies lives in Needham, Massachusetts, with her husband, their three children, and their dog, Harley. Visit the author on the Web at: http://www.jacquelinedavies.com/

Illustrator Lee White has illustrated all kinds of quirky concepts for books and magazines, including talking houses! His work on his most recent picture book Stop That Nose! was hailed as "comic oil illustrations that capture every action-packed antic of the acrobatic nose and its ensuing managerie" by Kirkus Reviews. Mr. White, a graduate of the Art Center College of Design, lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and their three lazy cats. To learn more about the artist, visit: http://www.leewhiteillustration.com/
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3rd
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions; First Edition edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761453318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761453314
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 9.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,384,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jacqueline Davies is the talented author of both novels and picture books. Jacqueline lives in Needham, Massachusetts, with her three children.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Current Affairs on September 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book rolls along on one hilarious word play after another. After the Petersons leave for vacation, their house decides it wants to take a holiday, too, but not before a squabble with the different parts of the house. The sunporch wants to head for the beach, but the basement refuses "to rise to the occasion." Lee White's delicious color pencil sketches show the house finally setting off, with the front door leading the way! The adventures of this vacationing house shouldn't be miss for those who love well-written, and beautifully illustrated picture books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sloopy on November 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book to read to your class after a basic introduction for punctuation. It is very well written and extremely funny with creative language. I loved it for my 5th grade class!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Candy Grant on May 3, 2014
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A house decides to go on its own vacation, while the owners are away on their own. The witty puns make the story even more adorable. Even the "dudes" saying was highly appropriate for a beach vacation, and added to the wit of the book. And for the ending...As I was reading, I was wondering how the story would end. Just a couple of well-planned words and bewildered looks became the perfect ending: "What happened?" Kids will love this one! Two thumbs up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Osborne on February 25, 2014
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it was amazing and I really want the author to write more books like this one and I want to find more books about vacation and the beach
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Jacqueline Davies' THE HOUSE TAKES A VACATION receives Lee White's drawings and tells of a house who decides it wants to take a holiday, too, when its owners go on vacation. The only problem is - different parts of the house want different things, so it can't decide on where to go. What happens when one part decides to go just where it wishes? Lots of fun!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michelle A. Hodge on July 13, 2011
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Mommy Bookworm's Thoughts: I love the illustrations in this book. The house is cute and I think it's neat how all different parts of it can talk. I like the general idea of the story. In the description on Goodreads, it says that "clever puns in the dialog . . . make this a fun read." Personally, I disagree. I think the puns are pathetic and are only understood by the adults who read it (or older kids). It is kind of like some animated films where the jokes are aimed at the adults & the animation is more for the kids, and the kids laugh because the parents laugh and the animation is funny, but they don't really understand the meaning. It's a cute story & I think that most kids would like it because of the overall gist and illustrations. However, I personally think it'd be better without the words or with different words! It's another one where it'd be interesting to many ages of children, but it would need to be the higher end of the age range to read it themselves.

Dahlia Bookworm's Thoughts: I like that the house could talk. I thought it was funny that they got lost in the ocean. I like the drawings. I could easily read the book by myself. I would recommend it to kids my age and younger.

Daisy Bookworm's Thoughts: I really like the illustrations. I think it's funny because the house can talk. I think it's funny how it walked away. It's funny that the house thought it could surf. It's a very funny story. I like how the house brought sea creatures home with it. I would need a little help reading it. I would recommend it to other kids too.
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By mom2673 on June 17, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I buy a new book every two weeks for my 5 year old granddaughter. I let her pick out which one she wants to read and then I buy it for her kindle fire hd (yes my 5 yr old granddaughter has her own kindle - it encourages her to read). She really likes this story. Easy to read by her and the pictures are entertaining and well drawn. Very nice story. Don't want to say to much without giving the story away.
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By Mom of 3 boys. on May 30, 2014
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We liked the whole book. We want to read about the houses next vacation. - Evan 7, Owen 5.
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