The House in the Night board book

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A Caldecott Medal-winning bedtime classic, available in a board book edition for the first time.

Susan Marie Swanson’s elegant prose and Beth Krommes’s spectacular illustrations open up a nighttime world where ordinary objects become beautifully illuminated. Images of a key, a toy, a bear, and a book leap from the pages as we’re reminded that even when night arrives, the sun’s warm light never truly leaves us. A spare, patterned text and glowing pictures explore the origins of ...

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Overview

A Caldecott Medal-winning bedtime classic, available in a board book edition for the first time.

Susan Marie Swanson’s elegant prose and Beth Krommes’s spectacular illustrations open up a nighttime world where ordinary objects become beautifully illuminated. Images of a key, a toy, a bear, and a book leap from the pages as we’re reminded that even when night arrives, the sun’s warm light never truly leaves us. A spare, patterned text and glowing pictures explore the origins of light that make a house a home in this bedtime book for young children. Naming nighttime things that are both comforting and intriguing to preschoolers—a key, a bed, the moon—this timeless book illuminates a reassuring order to the universe.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Krommes’s widening perspective manages to exude both comfort and daring."—New York Times Book Review

 
"Here the art is spectacular. Executed in scratchboard decorated in droplets of gold, Krommes’ illustrations expand on Swanson’s reassuring story (inspired by a nursury rhyme that begins, “This is the key of the kingdom”) to create a world as cozy inside a house as it is majestic outside."—Booklist, starred review
 
"Inspired by traditional cumulative poetry, Swanson weaves a soothing song that is as luminescent and soulful as the gorgeous illustrations that accompany her words. . . . It is a masterpiece that has all the hallmarks of a classic that will be loved for generations to come."—School Library Journal, starred review
 
"Krommes’s breathtaking scratchboard illustrations, in black and white with accents of yellow and gold, embody and enhance the text’s message that light and dark, like comfort and mystery, are not mutually exclusive, but integral parts of each other."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
 
"This volume's artful simplicity, homely wisdom and quiet tone demonstrate the interconnected beauty and order of the world in a way that both children and adults will treasure."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
 
"...in another standout performance by an illustrator, Beth Krommes makes a case for The House in the Night with scratchboard images that are themselves a throwback, but with a welcome kind of familiarity... I can see a night-skittish child taking comfort in this story at bedtime."—The Washington Post (online)
 
"[A] book of stunning visual simplicity . . . The pictures themselves seem to reach out from domesticity toward infinity."—Liz Rosenberg, Boston Sunday Globe
 
"It's Wanda Gag meets Virginia Lee Burton.  And gorgeous.  Did I mention gorgeous?  Gorgeous."—Fuse 8 Production (online), by Betsy Bird
 
"[Swanson] has a lyrical style all her own, complemented by Krommes' starkly stunning scratchpaper drawings."—StarTribune

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
As the sun sets, the tale of the house in the night begins with its golden key. In a progression of brief, simple statements in the cumulative pattern of "The green grass grew all around," we move from, "in the house burns a light," and "In that light rests a bed," through a book, a bird, a song, and the moon glowing in the dark. Then we progress back past the moon in the dark and the dark in the song, into the light in the house and the key to the "home full of light." The restful cadences wish us a good night. This old-fashioned story structure is pictured in scratchboard with touches of yellow watercolor to create the light. Detailed double-page scenes with shapes suggesting sculptured objects with play of black and white areas create inviting landscapes, peaceful undulating hills, and ribbons of roads making a community. Krommes uses her medium to produce a variety of textures that add design complexity as they enhance the spare tale. Winner of numerous awards, this picture book has been reissued as a board book. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547577692
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 219,305
  • Age range: 2 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Marie Swanson is an award-winning poet and the author of several children's books. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Beth Krommes is the illustrator of several award-winning books, including The Lamp, the Ice, and a Boat Called Fish and Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow, and the Caldecott winning The House in the Night. She lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire, with her family.

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Here is the key to the house In the house burns a light In that light rests a bed On that bed waits a book . . .

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