Sunday, March 3, 2013
A place to call home by Alexis Deacon illustrated by Viviane Schwarz
If you are talking with children about visual literacy this is a perfect book. The reader peeps through a large hole on the cover looking at seven hamster like creatures who have been living in a small dark hole. All is going well until the day arrives when the hole becomes too small and so the family have to set off to find a new home.
Using speech bubbles we follow their journey across a treacherous landscape which is actually a junk yard complete with large guard dog. Of course this is not the view seen by our tiny friends. To them a large puddle seems as wide as the sea, an old set of drawers are a mountain and a patch of sand must be the desert.
The final page where they discover an even bigger world is simply spectacular. Here is a review. Here is the web site for the illustrator. Look for her other books in our school library they are very special.
This book is a joyous romp from front to back. Go into your library and grab it today.
Fast-paced with wit and heart, this ridiculous rodent road-trip will appeal to future comic-book lovers—and anyone part of a tight band of brothers (or sisters).