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A Place to Call Homeby Alexis Deacon
Synopses & Reviews
Seven little junkyard critters venture out of their small, dark hole on a charmingly madcap quest for a new home, with laugh-out-loud results.
When a band of brothers outgrows the dim confines of their birthplace, there is no other choice but to set out into the world on a grand adventure. Timid and terrified at first, they soon find ingenious ways to simulate the safety of their familiar hole. They bravely cross a muddy sea, climb a discarded mountain, survive an appliance-like labyrinth, and finally reach the edge of the world. What will they see there, and will they ever find a place they can call their own? Loaded with visual humor and breathless commentary by the intrepid crew, this comic book-style tale of solidarity and daring will have readers giggling, cheering, and ready to see the world in a new way.
"What's not to love about a crew of hamsterlike creatures bumbling across a junkyard in ridiculous headgear? With rubber gloves, a faucet, and a paper towel tube shoved on their heads for protection ('NOW we're safe!' one says), they embark on a search for a new home. They cross an ocean (readers can see it's a puddle), a 'desert,' and make their way to the edge of the world — the top of an old dryer. In scenes bursting with physical comedy, Schwarz's (There Are No Cats in This Book) furry animals squabble, fret, and cheer each other on; in sequential panels, their running commentary appears in word balloons above their heads. When the junkyard dog grabs one of them, they balk ('We'll never get him back!' 'There's nothing we can do!'), but taking courage from all they've done so far, they tackle the dog and rescue their sibling. While the creatures may trip over themselves, blundering through their tiny lives not knowing quite where they are headed, Deacon (While You Are Sleeping) and Schwarz never put a foot wrong. Children will clamor for repeats. Ages 3 — up. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Alexis Deacon is an acclaimed author and illustrator. Beegu and Jitterbug Jam, both of which he illustrated, were named as New York Times Best Illustrated Childrens Books of the Year. He lives in London.
Viviane Schwarz is the author-illustrator of There Are Cats in This Book, which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway medal, and There Are No Cats in This Book. She lives in London.
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