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Written by Carson Ellis

Illustrated by Carson Ellis

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LoveReading View on Home

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

Home Synopsis

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.

Home 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 Press Reviews

A soul-warming treat. Unusual and beautiful, stunningly designed. -- 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. 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 

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. A sweet reminder that despite our different walks of life, we have in common a shared longing to belong. -- Maria Popover Brainpickings

The book is a love letter, in many ways, to architecture... Visually accomplished ... 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. ... glorious piece of book-creation. -- Valerie Coughlan 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. 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

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Book Information

ISBN: 9781406365795
Publication date: 2nd June 2016
Author: Carson Ellis
Illustrator: Carson Ellis
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 40 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Recommendations: Books of the Month
Other Categories: Reviewed by Children

About Carson Ellis

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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