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Moving House Hardcover – September 27, 2011

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“The title of Mark Siegel's ‘Moving House' contains its own morsel of verbal wit, with a double meaning that winks at the fanciful plot.” ―New York Times

“Both whimsical and meaningful, it speaks to a child's powerful attachment to home.” ―Booklist

“In his authorial debut, Siegel's (Boogie Knights) background as an illustrator (and an editor) serve him well; his vignettes and spreads are drafted in clean ink lines, with watercolor washes of blue and red signaling the clean skies above Foggytown.” ―Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

About the Author

Mark Siegel was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and grew up in France. He is the illustrator of To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel, written by his wife, Siena Cherson Siegel, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book; Seadogs: An Epic Ocean Operetta, written by Lisa Wheeler, winner of the Texas Bluebonnet Award; and several other graphic novels and children's picture books. He lives in New York.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596436352
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596436350
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,824,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. B. Wilkes on September 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Rabbit and I tore into this delightful book as soon as it crossed our threshold, and we loved it. The story of a family that is moving house, and the children --and the house-- that conspire to stay together, is a fun read and a deceptively simple story. There is a lot happening beneath the words and around the corners of the images; moving house has a lot of meaning to young children, and home means more then just a place you live. This is wonderful book that reminds us to be "at home" with ourselves and our families, and that a true home travels with us.
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My wife and I have a six and a four-year-old, and we are going to be moving in the next month. They both love our current home and are sad about leaving it, so my wife checked this out from the library to read to the kids to help them process the feelings they are dealing with in regard to the move. So before bed tonight we all sat together to read the book. When we got to the page where the house tells the children that it (the house) would be very sad if they left it alone, my wife gave me a panicked look but pushed ahead anyway. By the end of the story our six-year-old was struggling to hold back tears.

Yes, we should have read it first--shame on us and all that.

This would not be a bad book if you are planning on staying in your current home for the foreseeable future. But if you accidentally read it to your little ones who are already dealing with emotional stress related to a move it's downright sad.

Then again, all that aside it really isn't a great book--it's just okay. Other than hinting that pollution is bad any moral lesson it offers is somewhat muddled--after all, in the real world we can't take our houses with us if we ruin the environment and become environmental refugees. Overall I can't recommend this book, but I can definitely recommend avoiding it to help your little ones process a move.
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By andowd on December 18, 2014
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This is the cutest story about two children who love their house and don't want to move! I won't go into details so as not to spoil the story, but it has a sweet sentiment and my kids always love it when I read it to them.
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