Reader Reviewed Home by Carson Ellis


Written by Carson Ellis
Illustrated by Carson Ellis

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June 2016 Book of the Month Home – it could be a house in the country, a flat, a wigwam, or even an old boot. This beautiful book has fun with the notion of home and each page illustrates a different type of dwelling, and resident too (Norse god to Japanese businessman). It ends with a depiction of the author’s own home, her studio full of items that have appeared in the previous pages! It’s beautiful to look at and demands readers respond, directly asking ‘where is your home?’ and indirectly inviting us to linger over the pictures, picking out the details and imagining life in this array of very different dwelling places. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • James McNicol, age 5 - 'A charming children’s book.'
  • Eleanor Limbert, age 5 - 'The book is about lots of different houses and lots of different people. The houses are really good because they have lots of different parts to them and makes you think about where other people live.'


Home by Carson Ellis

The picture book debut of Carson Ellis, acclaimed illustrator of the Wildwood series and Lemony Snicket's The Composer is Dead, this is a gorgeous, imaginative celebration of the many possibilities of home. Home might be a house in the country, a flat in the city, or even a shoe. There are clean homes, messy homes, sea homes and bee homes. Home resides on the road or the sea, in the realm of myth, or in the artist's own studio. This loving look at the places where people live brims with intriguing characters and is a visual treat that demands many a return visit.


A soul-warming treat. -- The Bookseller The Bookseller A beautifully crafted, whimsical and self-indulgent exploration of the concept of home, bouncing back and forth between a romanticised observation of reality and luscious fantasy worlds. -- Simona Ciraolo Inis Reading Guide 2015, Children's books Ireland What emerges is a playful and tender reminder that however different our walks of life - we are united by our deep desire for a place to call home. -- Maria Popover Brainpickings The book is a love letter, in many ways, to architecture... -- Julie Danielson Kirkus Reviews Visually accomplished Kirkus reviews Unusual and beautiful, stunningly designed. -- The Bookseller The Bookseller ... the book is also an ode to the very notion of home-and where creatures in the world find comfort. -- Julie Danielson Kirkus Reviews Every page opening is a surprise and a delight, and even after many viewings, this panoply of dwelling places continues to enthrall and intrigue the viewer. -- Valerie Coughlan Children's Books Ireland ... glorious piece of book-creation. -- Valerie Coughlan Children's Books Ireland A sweet reminder that despite our different walks of life, we have in common a shared longing to belong. -- Maria Popover Brainpickings With its rich illustrations and stunning design, this picture book pays homage to the intrinsic beauty of this art form and is a treat for children and discerning parents alike. -- Simona Ciraolo Inis Reading Guide 2015, Children's Books Ireland Ellis presents a dreamy, painterly meditation on the diversity and range of dwellings around the world and across time and imagination. -- Sarah Ellis The Horn Book Magazine It's a work that confers classic gifts: time to look and time to wonder. Publishers Weekly Her sly humor and irreverent spirit only endear her to kids and grown-ups alike. -- John Lithgow New York Times Sunday Book Review With the turn of every page, the definition of home broadens. -- John Lithgow New York Times Sunday Book Review [...] this is an imaginative celebration of the many possibilities of home. [...] This loving look at the places where people live brims with intriguing characters and is a visual treat that demands many a return visit. Surrey Advertiser, Junior News & Mail, Aldershot News and Mail

About the Author

Carson Friedman Ellis is an artist who lives in Portland, Oregon. She is known for both her children's book illustrations, and album art.

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Book Info


40 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

2nd June 2016




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