Thursday, August 6, 2020

Review - Your House, My House

Your House, My House
by Marianne Dubuc
Date: 2020
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley

There's no neighborhood like a Marianne Dubuc neighborhood --- this time in an apartment building!

It's a special day at 3 Maple Street. It's Little Rabbit's birthday! His mother makes him his favorite breakfast. His sister has drawn him a picture. And, best of all, he's having a birthday party! His friends are invited, his father is decorating, and his mother is baking a cake. But that's not the only thing going on at 3 Maple Street today. The Cat family is moving in upstairs . . . the Fox family is having a new baby . . . Mr. Owl is trying to sleep . . . there's so much happening inside (and outside) this lively building, it's hard to keep track!

This multilayered picture book from international award-winning Marianne Dubuc allows readers to peer into the homes of all the charming animal families in the building on every spread. Though there is one main story, captured in the text, there are multitudes of other stories-within-the-story, told in visual narratives. Dubuc's winsome one-of-a-kind illustrations include heaps of clever details for children to pore over, promising something new to discover with every look and encouraging visual literacy in readers and prereaders. There are terrific social studies connections here on the concepts of community, inclusiveness and belonging.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Your House, My House doesn't have a strong story, but that's not really the point. The fun of this book is looking at the pictures and seeing the various smaller stories that are going on behind the walls of 3 Maple Street.

Little Rabbit is having a birthday. The Cat family is moving in. The Fox family is having a baby. There are some little fairy tale touches, as well, with a wolf and Little Red Riding Hood... and it looks like Goldilocks has broken into the Fox family's place!

Readers could spend quite a while poring over the illustrations and spotting little details. It's a fun book that will probably appeal to kids who enjoy seek-and-find picture books.

Thank you to NetGalley and Kids Can Press for providing a digital ARC.

Premise: 3/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3 out of 5

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