Home by Carson Ellis

Home by Carson Ellis. Candlewick Press, 2015.

Oh my goodness, you have no idea how excited I was for this. Carson Ellis wrote a picture book!

I love Carson Ellis. Besides the Wildwood Chronicles collaboration with her husband, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists (blogged here), she also illustrated Lemony Snicket's The Composer is Dead (ahem), the wonderful Mysterious Benedict Society books, and several more, all of which I've read at some point. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one.

Home is a large, gorgeous, whimsical look at various homes. Some are realistic, some are imaginary, but each is rendered in Ellis's recognizable style, in beautiful color. Seeing Ellis's art in a larger format like this is pretty thrilling. It's a simple book, perfect for very young readers, but the pictures and humor make it worth a look, whatever age your kids (or you) may be.

Not that my photos do the book justice. (Like, at all.)

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  1. WOWZA. this looks amazing! a picturebook! sharing. i have a confession, i've yet to read Wildwood Chronicles. should I RUN to the library?? Also, has G read the Mysterious Benedict Society books yet? I forget what age they are for - are they more 4th-5th gradey?

    1. I would suggest 4th or 5th grade. I read them at the suggestion of a very brilliant 4th or 5th grader. I liked The Wildwood Chronicles, especially the second book, but wish I would have re-read the first two, before tackling the third. I need to re-read them all as a set. I think of them like the Fairyland books (see last night's post!) - kids' books for grown-ups.


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