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The House in the Night BRDBK Edition
Contributor(s): Swanson, Susan Marie, Krommes, Beth (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0547577699     ISBN-13: 9780547577692
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    OUR PRICE: $7.20  
Product Type: Board Book - Other Formats
Published: October 2011
Annotation: A board book edition of a Caldecott Medal-winning bedtime classic combines intricately detailed illustrations of a nighttime world in which ordinary objects, from a key and a toy to a bear and a book, are strikingly illuminated. 30,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Board books.
Dwellings; Fiction.
Light; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2011534108
Academic/Grade Level: Toddlers, Ages 2-4
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 6.75" W x 1.25" (1.00 lbs) 36 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 166519
Reading Level: 1.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Fall)
"Here is the key to the house. In the house burns a light." So begins a soothing bedtime verse that ends with a child tucked in bed, bathed by the light of the moon. The quiet patterned text is accompanied by dramatic black-and-white scratchboard illustrations with just enough gold touches to fill the pages with gentle light. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2008 May #2)

Using only a few graceful words per page to illuminate the dark, this bedtime gem shines its light clearly on things that matter—a home filled with books, art, music and ever-present love. Krommes's (The Lamp, the Ice, and a Boat Called Fish ) astonishing illustrations are so closely intertwined with the meticulous text that neither can be isolated without a loss of meaning. The book begins, intriguingly, "Here is the key to the house./ In the house burns a light./ In that light rests a bed./ On that bed waits a book." That book takes the child reader up into the skies and back home again, to sleep ("dark in the song, song in the bird, / bird in the book, book on the bed"). Krommes's black-and-white scratchboard illustrations are as delicate and elegant as snowflakes, and she uses a single color, a marigold, to bring warmth to both home and stars. This volume's artful simplicity, homely wisdom and quiet tone demonstrate the interconnected beauty and order of the world in a way that both children and adults will treasure. Ages 3–6. (May)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2008 April)

PreS-Gr 1— Inspired by traditional cumulative poetry, Swanson weaves a soothing song that is as luminescent and soulful as the gorgeous illustrations that accompany her words. A journey both humble and epic begins with a key to a house. "Here is the key to the house./In the house burns a light./In that light rests a bed…." In the bedroom of the house, a girl reads a book in which a bird "breathes a song…all about the starry dark." Swanson's poem then takes readers on a flight across the night sky to the realm of the moon and sun, then back along the path to the key that marked the beginning of the journey. Krommes's folk-style black-and-white etchings with touches of yellow-orange make the world of the poem an enchanted place. Patches of light and shadow give shape to the darkness, while smiling celestial bodies populate the potentially lonely night with their friendly warmth. This picture book will make a strong impression on listeners making their first acquaintance with literature. It is a masterpiece that has all the hallmarks of a classic that will be loved for generations to come.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI

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