|If you live here|
Author: Gardner, Kate
A whimsical tribute to imagination and to the unique and special places we call home.
|Illustrator:||Neal, Christopher Silas|
Kirkus Reviews (12/15/21)
School Library Journal (12/01/21)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 12/01/2021 PreS-Gr 1—Readers are invited to imagine what it would be like to live in a number of different homes in this creative picture book. Numerous types of dwellings are explored, including a spaceship, tree house, castle, submarine, and more. Each new setting includes a characteristic or trait that is helpful for living in that place. For instance, if one were to live on a train, the resident knows, "that everything changes," and if someone took up residence on a farm, they would "see all kinds of families each day." Neal's mixed-media illustrations are utterly spectacular; each double-page spread is bursting with color and detail. Not only that, eagle-eyed readers will notice that each scene contains a hint of the home on the next page. This title could also function well in STEM lessons, as readers can discuss and build the type of house necessary for a given setting. Pair with The House of Grass and Sky by Mary Lyn Ray and other titles for story times and fruitful discussions on the topic of home. VERDICT Whimsical and imaginative, this sweet story is a welcome addition to many collections.—Olivia Gorecke, Cape May Cty. Lib., Ocean View, NJ - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 01/01/2022 Two brown-skinned children and their small black cat investigate all the real and fictitious places that people and animals call “home,” from a treehouse in the woods to a cozy burrow underground. The ever-present kitten accompanies the children as they fly a kite from a train car and share adventures with friends in a castle. The emphasis here is on seeking out new experiences, whether discovering strange visitors from the portal of a submarine or flying from a nest on the back of a bird. Be ready to turn the book vertically for a view of a many-storied skyscraper to find children engaged in various activities in each window. All pages contain books, reading opportunities, and other chances for imagination to flourish. The last page shows the original two children snuggled in their bunk bed, reading a story by flashlight. Young ones will have fun finding the cat and the books on every page as they explore the world presented in the colorful mixed-media illustrations. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.