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In Front of My Houseby Marianne Dubuc
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In Front of My House is a whimsical celebration of a child's imagination and all the places it can travel. This circular story begins and ends in a tidy front yard, but in between takes the reader to mountains and mysterious caves, up to outer space, down into the ocean and beyond. It's a journey as boundless and surprising as young imaginations. Filled with inventive and delightful twists, this charming story reveals a child's fancy taking flight, showing how imaginative play can begin in a place as mundane as a front yard, reach to the stars, then return back to the same place. Children will recognize a kindred imagination in Marianne Dubuc's joyful illustrations and simple text.
"'On a little hill, behind a brown fence, under a big oak tree, is... my house.' Dubuc's English-language debut is an extended stream-of-consciousness journey, which winds through varied locales and past numerous animals, objects, and other creatures along the way. The book makes able use of suspenseful page-turns (and ellipses), as the text teases what's to follow ('In front of my house...'). Things start off simply, but Dubuc's sense of humor soon pops up: 'Under my bed... Whew! Nothing at all.' Accompanying the simple text, which feels as though it were dictated by a child's spur-of-the-moment whimsy, are similarly childlike drawings, set against white backgrounds (or black once the story moves inside a cave, past the Abominable Snowman, and into outer space). The story's unexpected detours are often delightful ('In the Big Bad Wolf's belly... the Three Little Pigs, the house made of bricks... a potful of stone soup, Grandmother and Little Red Riding Hood'). The accessibility of the concept and the artwork may prompt kids to choose their own adventures, so to speak. Ages 3 — 7. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
A whimsical celebration of a child's imagination and all the places it can travel. Filled with inventive twists, this charming circular story begins and ends in a tidy front yard, but in between winds its way through the wilds of a magical reality.
Filled with inventive and delightful twists, this eloquent expression of the art of storytelling from a child's point of view shows how imaginative play can begin in a place as mundane as a front yard, then progress from mountains to outer space. Full color.
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