Synopses & Reviews
After the Petersons leave for vacation, their house decides it wants to take a holiday, too! But the different parts of the house can't agree on where to go. Finally, the sunporch suggests the house go to the beach. The basement refuses "to rise to the occasion," but the rest of the house follows the front door as it leads the way--and the house has a vacation that it will never forget! Adding to the appeal are Lee White's oil and colored pencil illustrations, which bring this "home away from home" tale to a safe and sound conclusion.
"Davies's (The Boy Who Drew Birds) outlandish tale stars a house that goes on a trip while its inhabitants are away. The cast includes the cool-guy roof (known to shout 'Dudes!' and 'Surf's up!'), the dreamer sunporch (enthralled with the thought of seeing the sea) and the eager-to-please front door ('I'll lead the way!')-each of which is personified with pun-filled voices that, depending on one's tolerance, is fun-filled or overkill. The basement 'refuses to rise to the occasion' while the roof 'feels like it's got shingles,' the chimney 'feels like it's got the flue,' and the bedroom windows shout, 'Oh! The pane! The pane!' White's (Stop that Nose!) earthtoned oil and pencil illustrations take readers along for the ride, with artwork so lively and fluid they'll feel as though they, too, are tumbling about on the rough surf alongside the house. The artist does a commendable job of endowing the house with personality without going too far. By story's end, the bungalow has returned from its adventure, no worse for the wear, and ultimately realizes that there is, in fact, no place like home. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
While the Petersons are away, their house decides to take a trip to the sea to watch the "Dance of the Sunlight," despite some groaning from the chimney and the basement's refusal to rise to the occasion.