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In the Tree House

by Andrew Larsen, illustrated by Dusan Petricic

tagged: boys & men, siblings
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edition:Paperback
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published: Apr 2018
ISBN:9781525300172
publisher: Kids Can Press
Description

As this enchanting picture book begins, a young boy is fondly remembering last summer, when his dad built an awesome tree house in their backyard. “My brother and I spent most of that summer in the tree house. It was the best summer ever.” Sadly, everything has changed this year. His brother is now “too busy with his friends” to come to the tree house at all. But then one night the power unexpectedly goes out while the young boy is there by himself, and he's treated to an amazing view of his neighborhood, blanketed in darkness and lit only by the stars. And then, just as unexpectedly, his brother appears, wanting to join him, to savor the magic of the night.

Author Andrew Larsen has created a fantasy-inducing (what child doesn't pine for a house in a tree?) and emotionally satisfying story that young children will want to revisit again and again. His unique use of the first person to tell the story along with his simple, spare style evocatively relates the feelings the young boy has toward his special corner of the world and his older brother, without being overly mushy. The emotional poignancy is further enhanced by Duýan Petricic's expressive and detailed artwork. This book makes a great resource for lessons on community, siblings or growing up. Separately, this book could also be used for classroom discussions about the environmental issues connected to the rate and severity of blackouts in recent years.

About the Authors

Andrew Larsen

ANDREW LARSEN'S picture book The Imaginary Garden (Kids Can Press) was nominated for a Governor General's Award in 2009. Andrew lives in Toronto, where he is a writer and a stay-at-home dad.
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Dusan Petricic

Duan Petricic’s brilliant illustrations have appeared around the world in newspapers, magazines and award-winning picture books including The Man With the Violin, Mattland, and My Toronto. Duan lives in Zemun, Serbia.

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Contributor Notes

Andrew Larsen is the acclaimed author of such books as Goodnight, Hockey Fans, A Squiggly Story, The Not-So-Faraway Adventure, In the Tree House and The Imaginary Garden. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Du?an Petri?i? is an award-winning children's book designer and illustrator whose books include The Enormous Potato and Lickety-Split. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
3 to 7
Grade:
p to 2
Awards
  • Winner, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, CBC Fan Choice Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards
  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award, The Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award
  • Short-listed, Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults, Bank Street Children's Book Committee
  • Winner, Jean Throop Book Award, Municipal Chapter of Toronto IODE
  • Winner, Book of the Year 2013: Books for Young People, Quill & Quire
Editorial Reviews

Larsen's text is full of delights, simple sensory details that capture a mood. ... To these crisply written words, Petricic brings his own rich dimension of narrative and character.

— Quill & Quire, Starred Review

The layout of this small, oblong picture book is attractive, and the story is pleasant.

— School Library Journal

... cheerily illustrated ... this picture book captures ... the thrill of brotherly camaraderie ...

— The Wall Street Journal

The powerful story is made more so by the expressive illustrations of masterful Serbian-Canadian artist Duýan Petricic.

— Quill & Quire

Heartfelt and subtle.

— Booklist