|In the half room|
Author: Ellis, Carson
A quirky tale of a wholly extraordinary room where everything is halved.
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Kirkus Reviews (08/15/20)
School Library Journal (10/01/20)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/11/20)
The Hornbook (00/09/20)
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School Library Journal - 10/01/2020 K-Gr 2—The author of Du Iz Tak? has developed another book that is sure to stretch the imagination and welcome whimsy—it may also prompt a few people, children included, to scratch their heads. In this stark, brief book appear objects that have been halved: shoes, cats, a rug, a door, all rich with color against a white background. Half of a woman appears but suddenly, "shoooooop," her two halves meld into one, allowing her to run out into the night to greet the half-moon while the half-lamp, half-cats, half-chair, and other household items remain indoors. The text primarily consists of naming each item on the page, but does so in a simple rhyming pattern and cadence that is reminiscent of Goodnight Moon. It is a quiet book, one that would be good for bedtime. Like David Macaulay's postmodern Black and White, the book invites multiple interpretations; but without the abundance of visual and textual information or clues of that book or Anthony Browne's Voices in the Park, this feels unfinished and bare bones. VERDICT For collections seeking books that play with, break, and challenge traditions, this would be one to add—if readers can escape the nagging inner voice asking, "But what does it mean?"—Maggie Chase, Boise State Univ., ID - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.