- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Kids Can Press (April 1 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1554536359
- ISBN-13: 978-1554536351
- Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 1.3 x 27.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 363 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
In the Tree House Hardcover – Apr 1 2013
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... cheerily illustrated ... this picture book captures ... the thrill of brotherly camaraderie ...―The Wall Street Journal
The powerful story is made more so by the expressive illustrations of masterful Serbian-Canadian artist Du?an Petri?i?.―Quill & Quire
The layout of this small, oblong picture book is attractive, and the story is pleasant.―School Library Journal
Larsen's text is full of delights, simple sensory details that capture a mood. ... To these crisply written words, Petri?i? brings his own rich dimension of narrative and character.―Quill & Quire, Starred Review
Heartfelt and subtle.―Booklist
About the Author
Andrew Larsen is the author of The Imaginary Garden and Bella and the Bunny. He is a stay-at-home father who finds time to write between laundry and lunch. He lives in Toronto, Canada.
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The story is very sweet, and also struck a chord with me as an adult, as much as it did with my child. It's about a boy who lives in a city (or well-lit town or suburb) and dreams of building a tree house and gazing up at the stars in the night sky. The latter dream may not be possible, since the street lights in his neighbourhood make it difficult to see any stars, but he does get to build the tree house, with the help of his dad and his brother. The story is about their relationship with each other, the neighbourhood and the night sky, as much as it is about the tree house.
In the Tree House made me nostalgic for my own childhood, which included stars, tree houses and older siblings who grew up so much faster than I did. My daughter liked this book, but I loved it.
Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from the publisher from NetGalley. I was not obliged to write a favourable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
Along with nice big illustrations, this story reinforces family values, and a good relationship with the parent. I like the way the author incorporated the father into the story, having him help build the tree house. The way the boy reconnects with his brother was unexpected and well handled. I think this book would be good for children from age 3 to age 10. It is a little bit longer than some other children's picture books and I appreciated that it took a while to read. The text is easy enough for a first reader but also complex enough that the child doesn't have to rely solely on pictures to understand story.
This book looked great even on the computer, so I would imagine that it will look wonderful in hardcover. This would make an excellent gift for a child who is the youngest in the family and has older siblings.
This review is based on the digital copy from the publisher.