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Tess reviews "The House in the Night"

THE HOUSE IN THE NIGHT by Susan Marie Swanson, pictures by Beth Krommes

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children; 1 edition (May 5, 2008) ISBN-13: 978-0618862443

Have you ever wanted to just sit down and not watch the news because it seems like all that we hear and see today is about how everything is bad and getting worse, and you just want to read something that illuminates a reassuring order in the universe? Well then, “The House in the Night” is what you’re looking for!

The way Susan Marie Swanson wrote this book will make you smile. Yes, it is a small book and at first glance you would think that it was just a children’s book, but it can be for any age. Beth Krommes’ illustrations just add to the magic the book holds. Whether you are reading to your little ones or just for yourself, “The House in the Night” is an absolute pleasure to read.

The House in the Night shows that even in the darkest of night there is a house full of light. Throughout the book there is a list of events that occurs, and at the end you see how they are all connected. This book is a great comfort to those who have read it. For those of you who read to their children, this book is a must have, just the pictures tell a delightful story about a calm, happy place to be when things seem scary. “The House in the Night” is an inspiration to look at things in a positive light, that everything will somehow seem better. This book is great to read to your little ones before they go to bed because it makes the dark a little less scary.

I have read many short stories but this is definitely one of the best. The way that Susan Marie Swanson and Beth Krommes have put this book together is utterly remarkable for children and adults of any age. “The House in the Night” has won the Caldecott Medal, an award given to a book that has outstanding illustrations for a children’s book. I agree that this book deserves to have won because the pictures just jump right into your imagination.

I rate this book a five because of its wonderful pictures and storytelling. Personally, I love to read books, but they are mostly about fantasy and fiction so when I received this book from my mom, I wasn’t so sure that I would like it, but I read it and I fell in love with it!

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Tess Vogel Tess Vogel Tess Vogel is a junior high student at Clark Fork Jr/Sr High School

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