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Influential artist Carson Ellis makes her solo picture-book debut with a beautifully imaginative tribute to the many possibilities of home. 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.
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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 Portland, Oregon. Visit Carson's website at www.carsonellis.com and follow her on twitter @cfellis.Review:
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 [...] With its rich illustrations and stunning design, this picturebook 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 * the book is also an ode to the very notion of home-and where creatures in the world find comfort. -- Julie Danielson * Kirkus * A sweet reminder that despite our different walks of life, we have in common a shared longing to belong. -- Maria Popover * Brainpickings * Unusual and beautiful, stunningly designed. -- The Bookseller * The Bookseller * This beautiful book has fun with the notion of home and each page illustrates a different type of dwelling, and resident too (Norse god to Japanese businessman). It ends with a depiction of the author's own home, her studio full of items that have appeared in the previous pages! It's beautiful to look at and demands readers respond, directly asking `where is your home?' and indirectly inviting us to linger over the pictures, picking out the details and imagining life in this array of very different dwelling places. -- Andrea Reece * Love Reading 4 Kids * The book is a love letter, in many ways, to architecture, something Carson thinks about a lot. -- Julie Danielson * Kirkus * 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 * What emerges is a playful and tender reminder that however different our walks of life - what contrast there is between the Slovakian duchess's mansion and the Kenyan blacksmith's shack, between the babushka's kitchen and the artist's studio! - we are united by our deep desire for a place to call home. -- Maria Popover * Brainpickings * 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 * With the turn of every page, the definition of "home" broadens. -- John Lithgow * New York Times Sunday Book Review * Her sly humor and irreverent spirit only endear her to kids and grown-ups alike. -- John Lithgow * New York Times Sunday Book Review * There has been a boom in non-fiction, as publishers realise that facts can be fabulously illustrated. Symptomatic is Carson Ellis' Home, which introduces all sorts of houses [...] with strikingly elegant retro images. * The Sunday Times *
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