The House That Jill Built

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Flip the flaps, open a fun foldout, and peek inside a final pop-up to find out what happens when everyone's favorite storybook characters move into THE HOUSE THAT JILL BUILT.

Jill's house is so cozy and warm that all her nursery-rhyme friends are knocking on the door, asking for a room of their own. As Jill cheerfully obliges, her house grows and grows, but somehow there's less and less room for poor Jill and her cat! Her new tenants are running amok — there's Little Jack Horner...

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Overview

Flip the flaps, open a fun foldout, and peek inside a final pop-up to find out what happens when everyone's favorite storybook characters move into THE HOUSE THAT JILL BUILT.

Jill's house is so cozy and warm that all her nursery-rhyme friends are knocking on the door, asking for a room of their own. As Jill cheerfully obliges, her house grows and grows, but somehow there's less and less room for poor Jill and her cat! Her new tenants are running amok — there's Little Jack Horner playing checkers with one Little Kitten, while Old Mother Hubbard's dog shoots the breeze with Bo Peep's tea-drinking sheep. With a singsong text by Phyllis Root and quirky, comic illustrations by Delphine Durand, this interactive romp offers dozens of doors and windows to peek under, a spectacular foldout to open, and a final pop-up surprise.

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Publishers Weekly
With more than "70 doors and windows plus... pop-up surprises," The House That Jill Built by Phyllis Root, illus. by Delphine Durand, traces the growth of the girl's abode as various recognizable characters take up residence. Jill builds a cozy house for herself and her cat. But they soon make room for Little Jack Horner, who needs a spot "with a pie and a corner," Old Mother Hubbard and her dog (with plenty of cupboards) and "three beds and three chairs for a family of bears," etc. A penultimate spread shows the floor plan-before Jill and her pet move out on their own. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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If the blurb on the cover does not put you off, nothing will. It says "Over 70 doors & windows, plus amazing POP-UP surprises!" There are many, many tiny flaps to lift on eight double pages, one explosion pop on the ninth and a little pop-up house on the last. The flaps are difficult to open the first time, often making it necessary to bend the page so a fingernail can be inserted under slits to lift them. The paper is thin enough to get the flaps open, but the flaps themselves are so small they must be folded back to expose the picture underneath, thus causing concern when closing each page that all flaps are closed and will not be creased when the page is closed. The story line begins with Jill building herself a house, which grows larger on each page as other familiar nursery rhyme-characters and their pets move into the house with her. The flaps occur on the doors and windows of the ever-enlarging house. In order to make up the advertised number of flaps, there are many double-pane casement windows. There are way too many characters and flaps for small children. 2005, Candlewick Press, Ages 3 to 6.
—Eleanor Heldrich
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Obsessive-compulsive flap-lifters will be particularly pleased by the multitude of tiny doors, windows and cupboards in this exercise in cumulative carpentry. Capable Jill and her feline assistant find themselves building room after room onto the cozy house they've just finished, as Little Jack Horner, Little Bo Peep, three kittens, a dish, a spoon and numerous other nursery-rhyme denizens arrive. The durable cut flaps stay put, but the scenes visible behind them change with each new spread, as new residents meet and mingle. It all culminates in a huge foldout that shows the entire interior. Noting, "There's no room left for me and my cat. / Something will have to be done about that!," Jill hies off to a distant hilltop and builds anew. Closing with a final popup of her new cottage, this colorful interactive romp, drenched in small detail, will keep young audiences entranced. (Picture book/novelty. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763610081
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 7/26/2005
  • Pages: 20
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Phyllis Root has brought her rhythmic writing to many acclaimed books for young children, including TEN SLEEPY SHEEP, BIG MOMMA MAKES THE WORLD, OLIVER FINDS HIS WAY, ONE DUCK STUCK, WHAT BABY WANTS, RATTLETRAP CAR, and ALL FOR THE NEWBORN BABY. She says, "I've never built a house by myself, but if I ever do, I hope I'm half as competent as Jill is."

Delphine Durand has illustrated several picture books published around the world, including THE SNOOPS and BEETLE BOY. She lives in France.

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