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Publisher Comments:

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
Winner of the 2013 Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013
A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013
 
In this unique construction book for kids who love tools and trucks, readers join a girl and her family as they pack up their old house in town and set out to build a new one in the country. Mom and Dad are going to make the new house themselves, from the ground up. From empty lot to finished home, every stage of their year-and-a-half-long building project is here. And at every step their lucky kids are watching and getting their hands dirty, in page after page brimming with machines, vehicles, and all kinds of house-making activities!

As he imagines it through the eyes of his older sister, Building Our House is Jonathan Beans retelling of his own familys true experience, and includes an afterword with photographs from the authors collection.

Review:

"Not unlike Dan Yaccarino did in All the Way to America, Bean (At Night) turns family history into something larger, in this case a romantic portrait of the rewards of diligence, teamwork, and a DIY mentality. In a concluding note accompanied by family photos, Bean explains that the story is based on his family's experience of building a farmhouse when he was a toddler. A sense of familial dedication and cohesiveness fills the pages, with narration coming from a character modeled after Bean's older sister. The pale, matte illustrations are a flurry of activity (and filled with the sort of construction details that children adore), as the family equips a trailer to serve as temporary digs, buys lumber, builds a foundation, hosts a frame-raising party, and eventually turns to interior work. Bean's pictures provide a supplementary visual narrative (Mom becomes pregnant, an infant appears), and the father offers suitably dadlike truisms like 'The right tool for the right job' throughout. A warm look at the nuts and bolts of building a house and turning it into a home. Ages 3 — 6. Agent: Anna Webman, Curtis Brown." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

In this magical picture book, a young boy visits his nana and is frightened to find that the city where she lives is filled with noise and crowds and scary things. Then his Nana makes him a special cape to help him be brave, and soon the everyday sights and sounds of the city are not scary, but wonderful.

Synopsis:

In thisand#160;magical picture book,and#160;a young boyand#160;spends an overnight visit withand#160;his nana and is frightened to find that the city where she lives is filled with noise and crowds and scary things. But then Nana makes him a special cape to help him be brave,and#160;andand#160;soon the everydayand#160;sights, sounds, and smells of the city are not scaryand#8212;but wonderful.and#160;The succinct text is paired with watercolor illustrations that capture all the vitality, energy, andand#160;beauty of the city.

Synopsis:

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
 
In this unique construction book for kids who love tools and trucks, readers join a girl and her family as they pack up their old house in town and set out to build a new one in the country. Mom and Dad are going to make the new house themselves, from the ground up. From empty lot to finished home, every stage of their year-and-a-half-long building project is here. And at every step their lucky kids are watching and getting their hands dirty, in page after page brimming with machines, vehicles, and all kinds of house-making activities!

As he imagines it through the eyes of his older sister, this is Jonathan Beans retelling of his own familys true experience, and includes an afterword with photographs from the authors collection.

About the Author

JONATHAN BEAN received an M.F.A. from New Yorks School of Visual Arts and now lives and works in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His first book, At Night, won the 2008 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and he is also the illustrator of two acclaimed picture books by Lauren Thompson, The Apple Pie That Papa Baked and One Starry Night. Jonathan's parents still live in the house the family built, outside of Fleetwood, Pennsylvania.  

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374380236
Author:
Bean, Jonathan
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Author:
Castillo, Lauren
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Art/Architecture
Subject:
Family/General (see also headings under Social Issues)
Subject:
Lifestyles - Country Life
Subject:
Children s Art-General
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Edition Description:
Picture Book
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 1
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations throughout
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
12 x 9 in
Age Level:
from 3 up to 6

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Product details 40 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374380236 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Not unlike Dan Yaccarino did in All the Way to America, Bean (At Night) turns family history into something larger, in this case a romantic portrait of the rewards of diligence, teamwork, and a DIY mentality. In a concluding note accompanied by family photos, Bean explains that the story is based on his family's experience of building a farmhouse when he was a toddler. A sense of familial dedication and cohesiveness fills the pages, with narration coming from a character modeled after Bean's older sister. The pale, matte illustrations are a flurry of activity (and filled with the sort of construction details that children adore), as the family equips a trailer to serve as temporary digs, buys lumber, builds a foundation, hosts a frame-raising party, and eventually turns to interior work. Bean's pictures provide a supplementary visual narrative (Mom becomes pregnant, an infant appears), and the father offers suitably dadlike truisms like 'The right tool for the right job' throughout. A warm look at the nuts and bolts of building a house and turning it into a home. Ages 3 — 6. Agent: Anna Webman, Curtis Brown." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
In this magical picture book, a young boy visits his nana and is frightened to find that the city where she lives is filled with noise and crowds and scary things. Then his Nana makes him a special cape to help him be brave, and soon the everyday sights and sounds of the city are not scary, but wonderful.
"Synopsis" by ,
In thisand#160;magical picture book,and#160;a young boyand#160;spends an overnight visit withand#160;his nana and is frightened to find that the city where she lives is filled with noise and crowds and scary things. But then Nana makes him a special cape to help him be brave,and#160;andand#160;soon the everydayand#160;sights, sounds, and smells of the city are not scaryand#8212;but wonderful.and#160;The succinct text is paired with watercolor illustrations that capture all the vitality, energy, andand#160;beauty of the city.
"Synopsis" by ,
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
 
In this unique construction book for kids who love tools and trucks, readers join a girl and her family as they pack up their old house in town and set out to build a new one in the country. Mom and Dad are going to make the new house themselves, from the ground up. From empty lot to finished home, every stage of their year-and-a-half-long building project is here. And at every step their lucky kids are watching and getting their hands dirty, in page after page brimming with machines, vehicles, and all kinds of house-making activities!

As he imagines it through the eyes of his older sister, this is Jonathan Beans retelling of his own familys true experience, and includes an afterword with photographs from the authors collection.

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