Sam the mouse and his friend Sarah are back in a new, fifth adventure, and this time, it’s centered on the renovations to their library home.
Needing temporary residences, they move to the attic to build them. Of course, they need architecture books to determine which type suits them. Sam, the storyteller and dreamer, builds his with formal columns, while Sarah, the explorer, makes a yurt. But neither seems cozy enough for a home, so they keep trying, building a castle, an igloo, a bungalow and more. Finally, Sarah comes up with the perfect solution: She uses an atlas to form an A-frame they can share. When the renovation is completed and the students return to the library, they find each of Sam’s and Sarah’s houses sitting on the shelves with a sign that says: “Home and where to find it.” (It’s too bad there’s no map or labels depicted in the illustration to help young library customers with the “where to find it” part.) Kirk’s familiar gouache illustrations maintain a mouse perspective filled with library details. This clever presentation of world housing types has three pages of backmatter that describe each style and its location. Not only is the story amusing, but the information will be useful in classrooms.
The familiar characters make this architectural adventure feel downright homey. (Picture book. 5-9)