Home might be a house in the country, an apartment in the city, or even a shoe. Home may be on the road or the sea, in the realm of myth, or in the artist's own studio. Read more...
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Home might be a house in the country, an apartment in the city, or even a shoe. Home may be on the road or the sea, in the realm of myth, or in the artist's own studio. A meditation on the concept of home and a visual treat that invites many return visits, this loving look at the places where people live marks the picture-book debut of Carson Ellis, acclaimed illustrator of the Wildwood series and artist for the indie band the Decemberists.
- ISBN-13: 9780763665296
- ISBN-10: 0763665290
- Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
- Publish Date: February 2015
- Page Count: 40
- Reading Level: Ages 4-8
- Dimensions: 11.9 x 10.1 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-11-24
- Reviewer: Staff
Ellis’s quiet, folk-naif exploration of the idea of “home” may invite comparison to Hoberman’s A House Is a House for Me, but hers is a different journey. She starts in the real world—“Home is a house in the country. Or home is an apartment”—but drifts into memory and fantasy. A long-ago schoolbook might have been the source for the explorer’s ship greeted by Native Americans: “Some homes are boats. Some homes are wigwams.” Storybook scenes abound—a Mughal palace, a thieves’ lair, a sunken Atlantian ruin. A tiny Russian kitchen crowded with dishes bears the legend, “A babushka lives here.” On the facing page is a living room with craters and a familiar-looking planet out the window: “A Moonian lives here.” The final pages show Ellis (Stagecoach Sal) in her studio, at work on the painting that opens the book. “An artist lives here,” she writes, revealing a secret. “This is my home, and this is me.” It’s a work that confers classic gifts: time to look and time to wonder. “Where is your home?” she asks. “Where are you?” Ages 4–8. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Feb.)