Influential artist Carson Ellis makes her solo picture-book debut with a whimsical tribute to the many possibilities of home.
Home might be a house in the country, an apartment in the city, or even a shoe. Home may be on the road or the sea, in the realm of myth, or in the artist’s own studio. A meditation on the concept of home and a visual treat that invites many return visits, this loving look at the places where people live marks the picture-book debut of Carson Ellis, acclaimed illustrator of the Wildwood series and artist for the indie band the Decemberists.
About the Author
Carson Ellis previously illustrated The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket and Dillweed's Revenge by Florence Parry Heide. She also collaborated with her husband, Colin Meloy, on the best-selling Wildwood series. Carson Ellis lives with her family outside Portland, Oregon.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Home, is the début book of renowned illustrator, Carson Ellis. It is a young children’s book which shows youngsters all about the different types of homes around the world, and not just those for humans. From a birds nest to a palace, a boat to a wigwam, kids will be kept amused by all the sights of the different kinds of homes that are available. There is also a short paragraph included with each home, so the children can find out whose home is whose. As expected by an illustrator, the pictures are vivid, colourful, well drawn and stand out on the pages. A fun beautiful book that doesn’t just show the kids pictures, it teaches them along the way that there are different types of homes out there that they most likely have never seen or heard of before.
This is a book about the different homes people live in. There are many types of homes. Some are palaces or underground lairs. Others are in Japan and Kenya. Houses can be in the city or country. My favorites are the shoe house because you can slide down it and the house of the Norse god because it is colorful. I never knew a house could be so cool. The author is a really good illustrator. All of the homes look fun. I wish she could draw my house. I want my house to be painted with rainbow colors. The book made me happy because I love my house, but I felt sad when I saw there were people with no houses. A house is where you belong and a place where you play with toys. I can’t imagine being without my house. I recommend this book for kids my age and give it five stars. It’s fun to look at all the pictures and easy to read the words. Reviewed by Cameron H, age 5, New Mexico Mensa
[3.5 rating] In Home, Carson Ellis takes readers on a tour of homes — both real and fanciful. With the target age range being 4 – 8 years old, I don’t think that some of the more straight-forward concepts of homes — clean homes, messy homes, tall homes, short homes — were really necessary. These homes (along with a few others) are a bit ordinary and predictable and don’t really add anything special to catalog of homes Ellis presents. Or, on the other hand, perhaps their presence is needed just to make those fanciful homes all the more whimsical and fun to look at. For me, Ellis really hits her stride when she starts presenting non-traditional homes about halfway through. I simply adored the sea home, hollow tree home, and the Moonian’s home. A few of the fanciful homes aren’t labeled and Ellis asks the reader who he/she thinks lives there — which I think is a great way to engage the reader and his/her imagination. I also very much liked that for some of the non-traditional homes we get a view from the inside looking out — the change in perspective was neat. Home is full of handsome illustrations and may inspire children to think (and draw!) about homes in a new way. Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are my own.