THE HOUSE IN THE NIGHT by Susan Marie Swanson
Kirkus Star

THE HOUSE IN THE NIGHT

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

Inspired by a traditional poem from The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book, Swanson’s cumulative tale begins, “Here is the key to the house.” Readers are welcomed inside the house, where they find a light, a bed within the light, a book on that bed and a bird inside that book. The book opens to reveal a bird that sings a song about the dark, and within that song are the moon and the sun shining on the moon’s face. And then, from deep in the night, the poem begins to climb back out of itself: “Sun in the moon, / moon in dark, / dark in the song, / song in the bird,” and so forth, finally arriving back to “the house in the night” which is, indeed, a “home full of light.” Krommes’s breathtaking scratchboard illustrations, in black and white with accents of yellow and gold, embody and enhance the text’s message that light and dark, like comfort and mystery, are not mutually exclusive, but integral parts of each other. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: May 5th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-618-86244-3
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2008




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