In Daniel’s debut children’s picture book, a house waits for the right family to move in.
In a medium-sized town, a white, two-story clapboard house stands empty with a “For Sale” sign in the yard, which the house thinks should read “Family Wanted.” People visit but think that the house isn’t quite right: A well-dressed lady wants more closets, a chef wants a bigger kitchen, and a young couple says that the house is too large. Over time, the empty house begins to look weathered and neglected, with dead leaves piling up outside. But one day, a van drives up with a family who thinks the house is just right. The parents and three kids, all light-skinned, move in; soon, the house is full of the smells, sounds, and energy of a household. Finally, “the most wonderful thing happened. The house…became a home.” In her debut, Daniel tells a very simple tale. Her colored-pencil drawings have a naïve feel, resembling children’s artwork (especially the human figures), but they reveal nice details, such as a fashionista’s red-soled shoes, which help flesh out the story. Not much happens beyond ordinary family activities, but children who are unsure about moving into a new house may appreciate the notion that they’re rescuing it from emptiness.
An uncomplicated offering that may reassure some young readers.