Monday, June 18, 2012

The House in the Night - book review




Review
*Starred Review* A young girl is given a golden key to a house. “In the house / burns a light. / In that light / rests a bed. On that bed / waits a book.” And so continues this simple text, which describes sometimes fantastical pleasures as a bird from the book spirits the child through the starry sky to a wise-faced moon. The cumulative tale is a familiar picture-book conceit; the difference in success comes from the artwork. Here, the art is spectacular. Executed in scratchboard decorated in droplets of gold, Krommes’ illustrations expand on Swanson’s reassuring story (inspired by a nursery rhyme that begins, “This is the key of the kingdom”) to create a world as cozy inside the house as it is majestic outside. The two-page spread depicting rolling meadows beyond the home, dotted with trees, houses, barns, and road meeting the inky sky, is mesmerizing. The use of gold is especially effective, coloring the stars and a knowing moon, all surrounded with black-and-white halos. A beautiful piece of bookmaking that will delight both parents and children. Preschool-Kindergarten would love this story. 

The glowing pictures explore the origins of light that make a house a home in this great bedtime story. Naming nighttime things that are both comforting and intriguing to preschoolersa key, a bed, the moon .... this timeless book illuminates and bring familiarity and comfort to a child. 
The House in the Night by Beth Krommes is a beautiful book to add to your "night collection" of read-a-louds.  Read on tonight.
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