PICTURES OF HOME by Colin Thompson

PICTURES OF HOME

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Age Range: 5 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Thompson (The Paper Bag Prince, 1992) brings his extraordinary imagination and meticulously detailed style to surreal interpretations of some British schoolchildren's haiku- length descriptions of their homes (``Home is my parents./You should have love in all homes./Love is my parents.''--Ian, 10). The visual theme is cozily miniaturized houses, often complete with their own gardens, set in the larger environment--ensconced in a grass-green armchair with a smaller landscape in its lap; high in a tree (which in one case is growing from a bathtub); in the gatepost of a stately home; between the garbage pails in a paved-over backyard; nestled in a wheelbarrow. The juxtapositions are intriguing, while dozens of clues to the smaller mÇnages--the odd window, bicycle, or staircase--are tucked in unexpected corners of the larger ones. There's an occasional wry comment- -Tony's ``Home should have two computers'' gets a cold, elegantly austere setting--but mostly this is less a direct response to specific words than a unique tribute to British homes in all their variety. A fascinating book, to pore over and share. (Picture book. 5+)

Pub Date: April 12th, 1993
ISBN: 0-671-79584-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1993




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