Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books


Spring 2015 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Carson Ellis
Illustrator: Carson Ellis
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763665296
Hardcover Price: $16.99

Artist Carson Ellis (illustrator of Colin Meloy's Wildwood Chronicles) offers her own beautiful visual journey--peppered with surprises and sly wit--through places that all manner of beings call home. An urban apartment building (windows to peer into), a triple-masted sailing ship (hanging laundry, a scampering monkey), the child-filled shoe of nursery rhyme fame; an "underground lair," "sea homes," and "bee homes." Ellis pictures the domiciles of a Slovakian duchess, a Kenyan blacksmith, a Norse god and more, and some of her homes come with a question mark for reader speculation. Each page can spark the imagination, and conversation, too.

Lynne Heffley   ©2015 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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