Saturday, February 07, 2009

The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson, pictures by Beth Krommes

(Caldecott Medal Sticker should be added to image soon!)

A sweet rhyme about the happenings in a house in the night. Readers follow a little girl as she acquires the key to the house and sees a light in the house. She continues to her bedroom and sees a book and goes on a magnificent journey and back home again.

The black and white with golden illustrations are done on scratchboard and include incredible detail.

What I Thought:
What a beautiful book! This book is the winner of the 2009 Caldecott Medal, an award given by the American Library Association for the best illustrated book of the year. This book is very much deserving of this honor.

It is hard to comprehend how much work it takes to put together a picture book filled with scratchboard illustrations. Check out this video where the Today Show interviews Krommes about her book, along with Neil Gaiman. It is quite interesting to learn, even how briefly, how the illustrations are created.

The text is inspired by a nursery rhyme about the "keys to the kingdom" from The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book, first published in 1955.

Overall, a beautiful book...highly recommended.

Want to see more? Check it out on Amazon: The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson, pictures by Beth Krommes.

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