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Ellis, Carson, 1975- , author, illustrator.
First edition, [Reinforced trade edition].
Publication Information:
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2015.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
A whimsical tribute to the myriad possibilities of home depicts homes in different real-world environments as well as fantastical settings.
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Influential artist Carson Ellis makes her solo picture-book debut with a whimsical tribute to the many possibilities of home.

Home might be a house in the country, an apartment in the city, or even a shoe. Home may be on the road or the sea, in the realm of myth, or in the artist's own studio. A meditation on the concept of home and a visual treat that invites many return visits, this loving look at the places where people live marks the picture-book debut of Carson Ellis, acclaimed illustrator of the Wildwood series and artist for the indie band the Decemberists.

Author Notes

Carson Ellis was born in Vancouver, Canada on October 5, 1975. She received a BFA in painting from the University of Montana in Missoula in 1998. She has illustrated several children's books including The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket, The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, and The Wildwood Chronicles series by her husband Colin Meloy. She received a 2010 Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators for her art in Dillweed's Revenge by Florence Parry Heide. She also creates album art, t-shirts, websites, posters, and stage sets for the rock band The Decemberists.

Carson's picture book, Home, made the New York Times bestseller list in March of 2015. She is the author of the bestseller Du iz tak?.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Home. The word conjures up images of place and pokes at memory. In this arrestingly illustrated book, Ellis presents many types of home, some as contemporary and concrete as a brick apartment building slashed with graffiti, others as fanciful as a shoe covered with cavorting children supervised by a dispirited old woman. The minimal text consists of short identifications of the dwellings: Some are palaces. Or underground lairs. Not every home dweller is human. The interior-to-exterior view of a raccoon's home inside a tree is especially striking. Ellis, in her picture-book debut, draws with simplicity and precision, yet there are often so many fanciful details that second and third looks will come naturally. The oversize buff-colored pages are just the right background for the gouache-and-ink paintings done in a subdued palette and splashed with reds. The whole effect makes the pictures seem like frameable art. This will encourage children to muse on their homes and the homes of others and dream about living one day in a palace or perhaps a shoe.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2015 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Ellis's quiet, folk-naif exploration of the idea of "home" may invite comparison to Hoberman's A House Is a House for Me, but hers is a different journey. She starts in the real world-"Home is a house in the country. Or home is an apartment"-but drifts into memory and fantasy. A long-ago schoolbook might have been the source for the explorer's ship greeted by Native Americans: "Some homes are boats. Some homes are wigwams." Storybook scenes abound-a Mughal palace, a thieves' lair, a sunken Atlantian ruin. A tiny Russian kitchen crowded with dishes bears the legend, "A babushka lives here." On the facing page is a living room with craters and a familiar-looking planet out the window: "A Moonian lives here." The final pages show Ellis (Stagecoach Sal) in her studio, at work on the painting that opens the book. "An artist lives here," she writes, revealing a secret. "This is my home, and this is me." It's a work that confers classic gifts: time to look and time to wonder. "Where is your home?" she asks. "Where are you?" Ages 4-8. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-The realistic, fanciful, and stereotypical merge in this picture book homage to the place we call home. Gouache-and-ink art featuring warm, earthy colors with splashes or spots of red illustrate the hand-lettered, simple text ("Home is a house in the country. Or home is an apartment." and later, "Sea homes. Bee homes. Hollow tree homes."). Familiar and unfamiliar (Kenya) and sometimes magical (Atlantis) settings inhabited by humans, animals, and mythical beings are included. The illustrations offer much to pore over and connections to be made. The dove that appears on the title page can be found throughout the book and the silhouette in an upstairs window of the house that appears on the first spread, reveals itself to be the hat of a girl on the final pages. The penultimate scene is that of an artist in her home surrounded by items familiar to readers (a weathervane, figure of a house, a ship in a bottle and a globe, and a piece of black-and-white fabric, and a pointed cap). These objects will give observant children pause and send them back to page one to see what other details and images are carried throughout the story. However, the Mideastern lair, the Japanese businessman's geometric home, a wigwam, and a pagoda, may give others pause for different reasons. VERDICT While skillfully rendered and artistically pleasing, this eclectic assortment of domiciles is hardly representational and is less than ideal for classroom usage.-Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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