Synopses & Reviews
From the Caldecott Honor–winning creator of Home and Du Iz Tak? comes a gorgeous and quirky tale of a wholly extraordinary room where everything is a half.
The light of the half moon
Shines down on the half room…
The half room is full of half things. A half chair, a half cat, even half shoes — all just as nice as whole things. When half a knock comes on half a door, who in the world could it be?
With inventive flair, Caldecott Honor winner Carson Ellis explores halves and wholes in an ingenious and thought-provoking picture book. Ink and gouache illustrations featuring wry detail and velvety textures conjure a dreamlike mood while leaving space for imagining. A celebration of the surreal and the serendipitous and the beauty of the two together, this brilliant picture book will have readers seeing halves with whole new eyes.
"True and near rhymes jostle gently in the lulling text....Visually
charming and a bit disarming, this invites dialogue between caregivers
and young children." Kirkus Reviews
moonlit setting and simple, repetitive phrasing...Ellis'...latest offering gives a nod to
Goodnight Moon....Silly and sweet, this comforting book will be wholly embraced by children as a new bedtime favorite." Booklist
"It's a genuinely offbeat
story embracing absurdity, and cat lovers everywhere will easily accept
the asocial cat-halves refusing to "shoop" and merely falling asleep
next to each other. A wholly entertaining tale." The Horn Book
About the Author
Carson Ellis is the author-illustrator of the best-selling picture books Home and Du Iz Tak?, a Caldecott Honor Book and E. B. White Read Aloud Award winner. She has illustrated a number of books, including The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper. Carson Ellis lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family.