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New Big House Hardcover – May 1, 1992
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K-- A young suburban family of five finds that their cozy house is bursting at the seams now that the twins have begun to toddle. It is even becoming difficult to sleep at night as the little ones play musical beds. Older brother tells of their adventures as the family searches for a new home that will give them more elbow room. Finally, the best solution becomes plain--a large addition (with Mom and Dad doing the building) will provide the extra space needed. Told from a child's viewpoint, the simple text shows a growing family solving a common problem. Joining parents on house-hunting expeditions and seeing home-expansion projects will have a familiar ring for many preschoolers. Readers will appreciate the little boy's interest and excitement. The warm story is sprinkled with touches of real life that will amuse parents as well. The cartoon illustrations are colorful, convey the action, and offer plenty of detail for listeners to savor. --Virginia E. Jeschelnig, Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, Willowick, OH
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Kirkus Reviews
``The trouble is, now that the twins can sort of walk, the house is shrinking,'' reports the eldest child, whose nursery- school rabbits are regular weekend visitors that swell the ranks of the many resident pets: her home is bursting at the seams. A search turns up several unsuitable alternate houses--they are too big or too decrepit, or have mice or odd smells. The happy solution (as in Shirley Hughes's The Big Concrete Lorry, 1990) is a homemade addition. All this is recounted in amusingly realistic detail, nicely amplified in the author's sympathetic, charmingly comical illustrations. (Picture book. 3-8) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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