The picture book debut of Carson Ellis, acclaimed illustrator of the Wildwood series and Lemony Snicket's The Composer is Dead, this is a gorgeous, imaginative celebration of the many possibilities of home. Home might be a house in the country, a flat in the city, or even a shoe. There are clean homes, messy homes, sea homes and bee homes. Home resides on the road or the sea, in the realm of myth, or in the artist's own studio. This loving look at the places where people live brims with intriguing characters and is a visual treat that demands many a return visit.
A soul-warming treat. -- The Bookseller The Bookseller A beautifully crafted, whimsical and self-indulgent exploration of the concept of home, bouncing back and forth between a romanticised observation of reality and luscious fantasy worlds. -- Simona Ciraolo Inis Reading Guide 2015, Children's books Ireland What emerges is a playful and tender reminder that however different our walks of life - we are united by our deep desire for a place to call home. -- Maria Popover Brainpickings The book is a love letter, in many ways, to architecture... -- Julie Danielson Kirkus Reviews Visually accomplished Kirkus reviews Unusual and beautiful, stunningly designed. -- The Bookseller The Bookseller ... the book is also an ode to the very notion of home-and where creatures in the world find comfort. -- Julie Danielson Kirkus Reviews Every page opening is a surprise and a delight, and even after many viewings, this panoply of dwelling places continues to enthrall and intrigue the viewer. -- Valerie Coughlan Children's Books Ireland ... glorious piece of book-creation. -- Valerie Coughlan Children's Books Ireland A sweet reminder that despite our different walks of life, we have in common a shared longing to belong. -- Maria Popover Brainpickings With its rich illustrations and stunning design, this picture book pays homage to the intrinsic beauty of this art form and is a treat for children and discerning parents alike. -- Simona Ciraolo Inis Reading Guide 2015, Children's Books Ireland Ellis presents a dreamy, painterly meditation on the diversity and range of dwellings around the world and across time and imagination. -- Sarah Ellis The Horn Book Magazine It's a work that confers classic gifts: time to look and time to wonder. Publishers Weekly Her sly humor and irreverent spirit only endear her to kids and grown-ups alike. -- John Lithgow New York Times Sunday Book Review With the turn of every page, the definition of "home" broadens. -- John Lithgow New York Times Sunday Book Review
Carson Ellis has previously illustrated books by Lemony Snicket and by Florence Parry Heide. She also collaborated with her husband, Colin Meloy, on the best-selling Wildwood series, as well as being the illustrator for the albums of his indie band, the Decemberists. Carson Ellis lives with her family in the USA, in Portland, Oregon. Visit Carson online at www.carsonellis.com and on Twitter as @cfellis.