The House in the Night

The House in the Night

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618862443
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/05/2008
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 142,603
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 60L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 6 Years

About 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 Caldecott Winning illustrator of The House in the Night  and other beautifully illustrated, much-acclaimed picture books like Swirl by Swirl, and  Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow. She lives in Peterborough, NH. Visit her online at www.bethkrommes.com.

Read an Excerpt


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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The House in the Night (Board Book) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
SandraPants More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't recommend buying this for your Nook Color yet, it doesn't work properly for me and the file clearly wasn't converted properly. Don't take a chance on a corrupted version, if you loved this childhood book, buy a hard copy for now.
nmk97 More than 1 year ago
I would NOT recommend purchasing this for the nook. I did not have any issues opening or reading it on the Nook HD, and at $3.99 figured I would try it. Honestly, I wished I hadn't bothered! It's a very poor quality ebook considering what is available this day and age. Purchase the paper/hard copy of the storybook instead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is definitely a beautifully illustrated book, and my 22 month old son enjoys the book. However, he does not find the story that engaging and prefers more to look at the detailed illustrations and pick out and name objects. There is TONS of detail in this book. Unfortunately, because the story has not yet gotten his attention, this is not one of the first choices at bedtime or other story times. He enjoys some of the other more complex storybooks we own, but I'm still hoping he grows into this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many children dream of soaring from their bedroom windows and viewing the night time world from above. The 2009 Caldecott Medal winner will take your child on such a journey. The House in the Night written by Marie Swanson and illustrated by Beth Krommes is an enticing book for young children and one every parent should add to their child's library. The book is written in a cumulative pattern. Each detail builds upon the detail before. The pattern is also circular. The child is taken on a night time journey on the wings of a bird and returned safely back to bed at the end of the story. The simple prose will have preschoolers telling parents the story once it has been memorized. Short sentences will keep the attention of young fidgety readers with short attention spans. The story will spark the imagination The book is attractively illustrated with pencil drawings that feature highlights in bright gold. The color stands out against the black and white background of the night time world. This book will be popular with children because the contrast in gold, black and white on the cover draws attention. Very young children will like the simple illustrations, and even babies will be attracted by the use of contrast. Preschoolers will enjoy finding the details in the illustrations.
Lindsey_Miller More than 1 year ago
Based off of a beloved children's book or yore called "This is the Key of the Kingdom" in which the same cyclical nature of the narrative takes place, Swanson seeks to replicate the way the story looks and feels with her own book as well as expound upon it. The book starts out by stating simply, "Here is the key to the house," and builds from there. There is no rhyming, as is typical of poetry directed at this age group, but despite that, there is a poetic quality to the writing. The book begins and ends with the same type of thoughts, "the house in the night, a home full of light" but throughout the middle, the child is taken on a wonderful journey with the moon as she ushers in night in the city, creating a fantasy element out of the mystery of the moon and dreams. The writing itself is simple and easy to follow, definitely aimed toward the 1-5 age group as an illustrated children's book, but the illustrations are beautiful and enrapturing. Unquestionably, this is a young children's book, but I believe that because of the unique quality of the illustrations, readers of any age can enjoy and be inspired by it to create their own art and writing that will add to the human dialogue and culture. I recommend this text to all readers for it's artistic merit, but specifically to ages 1 - 5. -Lindsey Miller, lindseyslibrary
PenelopeTX More than 1 year ago
If anyone hasn't seen this yet, or is still in search of a copy, it is truly beautiful. Of course, for my little dreamers, the best part was the child flying into the night sky on the bird who flew out of the book. I enjoyed the small details; the tiny, delicate deer on the hill, the miniature laundry hanging out to dry, the teeny whale tail peeking out of the ocean on the far, far left of the drawing. This artist was in love with this work. I think your children will be too.
RenBeth More than 1 year ago
This is such a beautiful book. One of our family favorites.
victoriaCA More than 1 year ago
I have many beautiful children's books; I think this may be the most beautiful one I have ever seen,  The text is dreamlike and soothing; the illustrations are glorious.  My 4 year old granddaughter asked for it over and over again.
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Felicity0 More than 1 year ago
The House in the Night is a picture book that is intended to comfort preschoolers by naming nighttime things that a young child will find interesting. Some of the comforting items are a key for safety, a light to keep away the darkness, a bed for snuggling in, and a book for reading. The book also depicts a moon, a night owl, and a home in the light. Children will find this book reassuring in the night because it offers an illuminated order to the universe. This picture book received the Caldecott Medal in 2009 for it’s beautiful scratchboard art illustrations in black, white and gold. These pictures along with the rhyming pattern will help put any preschool age child to sleep.
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Its a poem
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