Pictures of Home

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Colin Thompson's stunning illustrations of "home" have been linked to verse and comment which they have inspired from children who have seen them. The result of this meeting between the vision of an artist and the honesty of children is an unusually imaginative book, touching, funny, provocative—and always surprising. Home will never seem quite the same again!

An illustrated collection of quotations by children about the meaning of...

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Overview

Colin Thompson's stunning illustrations of "home" have been linked to verse and comment which they have inspired from children who have seen them. The result of this meeting between the vision of an artist and the honesty of children is an unusually imaginative book, touching, funny, provocative—and always surprising. Home will never seem quite the same again!

An illustrated collection of quotations by children about the meaning of home.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Images from several of Thompson's calendars are paired here with brief quotations from children about the meaning of home. The result is an often visually interesting but uncohesive work. The paintings combine sharp-edged realism with surreal details: houses grow from trees or out of chairs or bathtubs; interiors flow seamlessly into exteriors; cats are larger than cars. They are provocative but not strongly narrative images, and the quotations that accompany them, which express genuine but generally unremarkable, even trite, sentiments (``Home means where you grow up''), do not extend them in any meaningful way. In fact, text and art often seem only very generally related; and the disjunction between the ordinary emotions and the sometimes quite bizarre images proves jarring. Although Thompson's pictures can be intriguing to contemplate singly, the attempt to weave them together into a larger whole--with the thinnest of texts as connnecting thread--seems misguided and ultimately fails. Ages 4-7. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- Thompson combines colorful paintings of whimsical houses with children's definitions of what home means to them. The illustrations are attractive (especially the cover), and although there are few human figures shown, all the homes look lived in, whether part of a tree, built into a wall, or part of a comfortable easy chair. The students' quotes are charming and thought-provoking: ``I like home, it is where you grow,'' ``What I really like about home is that it will always be there and never go away,'' ``Home is my parents. You should have love in all homes,'' ``Home is a place where you can be free.'' This is reminiscent of Ruth Krauss's A Hole Is to Dig (HarperCollins, 1952) but without as much variety. Unfortunately, there is no connection between the pictures and the text except the theme. --JoAnn Rees, Sunnyvale Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781742750903
  • Publisher: Random House Australia
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,015,424
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Colin Thompson has received several awards, including an Aurealis Award for the novel How to Live Forever and the CBC Picture Book of the Year for The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley. He is also the author of The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness, The Dragons series, The Floods series, and Free to a Good Home. He has been short-listed for many other awards, including the Astrid Lindgren Award—the most prestigious children's literature prize in the world.

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