Monday, December 22, 2008

The House in the Night

Read: 12/19/2008

The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson, Illustrated by Beth Krommes

Caldecott Award Winner for 2009

A simple story about a girl in a house at night. The rhythm of the story is a lot like The House that Jack Built and the author does refer to that as an inspiration in the afterword. The story is simple and short, the illustrations (scratchboards in black and white and yellow) are detailed and calm.

This is definitely a bedtime story to read over and over again. Because of the detail level of the illustration, I wouldn't recommend it for storytime unless you used the story only and turned it into some sort of interactive story or maybe a flannelboard...I'm still thinking about that one.

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