THE LOST HOUSE by Brian Cronin

THE LOST HOUSE

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Before Grandad can take his two grandchildren to the park, he needs their help to find various personal items he’s lost.

Locating Grandad’s misplaced socks, shoes, dentures, glasses, umbrella, tote bag, bow tie, pocket watch, keys, hat, and mobile phone in his enormous house, filled from floor to ceiling with a bizarre assembly of peculiar possessions, becomes a daunting exercise for all concerned. Inviting reader participation, the text offers clues and directs the hunt, beginning in the green living room and progressing to the red kitchen, yellow bathroom, pink drawing room, blue hallway, pink and gray study, purple reading room, brown attic, and green greenhouse before ending in the magenta mezzanine. Grandad’s missing items appear collectively in the frontispiece, but they are later diabolically concealed within the welter of lines and patterns adorning the incredibly detailed illustrations. Adding to the visual confusion, everything in each room (except Grandad and his silently searching grandchildren, all anthropomorphic dogs) appears in the same bold color, artfully camouflaging the lost items. Red shoes in an overcrowded red kitchen could be anywhere. Is there really a pink-and-gray bow tie somewhere in the pink and gray study? Where’s the green hat with the feather in the greenhouse teeming with green plants? Will the grandchildren and readers ever locate Grandad’s missing gear?

A clever, irresistible, visually engaging search-and-find exercise. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 27th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-101-99921-9
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2016




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