I was kindly sent a free paperback copy of this great kids book. It is aimed at very young kids, about 0-5 year olds. Here is my review of ‘Home’ by Carson Ellis.
Home can be many places, in the country, in a flat or in a shoe. This is a beautifully illustrated book that is aimed at toddlers and very young children. The book is a touch larger than A4 and through it’s many illustrations and little text shows kids that home can be many different places.
I really like this book and in particular it’s pictures. The story starts off showing that home can be in the country or in the city, in a flat. It then moves on to show the many types of homes people can live in. But rather than concentrating on just short homes, tall homes, messy homes, on the road homes, etc, this book delves into many other types of home such as the home of a Russian babushka and mythical homes too such as an Atlantian’s home. I like the mythical aspect as it really sparks the imagination and kids can not only see the wonderful illustrations but adults can talk to the kids about the various things you can see in the homes.
The book even asks questions such as ‘who would live in this home and why?’ which really stimulates kids imagination. I have to say I’m very drawn to the illustrations in this book, I even noted pickled cucumbers in the babushka’s home (many of my family have Eastern European roots so that made me smile).
Overall this is a lovely book to read with very small children, it really can engage kids and teaches that people can live in a lot of different kinds of homes, and that it’s fine for people to live this way which is a great message for kids to learn.
The picture book debut of Carson Ellis, acclaimed illustrator of the Wildwood series and Lemony Snicket’s The Composer is Dead, this is a gorgeous, imaginative celebration of the many possibilities of home. Home might be a house in the country, a flat in the city, or even a shoe. There are clean homes, messy homes, sea homes and bee homes. Home resides on the road or the sea, in the realm of myth, or in the artist’s own studio. This loving look at the places where people live brims with intriguing characters and is a visual treat that demands many a return visit.