Friday, July 18, 2008
The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson, pictures by Beth Krommes - review
The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson, pictures by Beth Krommes
Finally got ahold of this much-praised new picture book the other day. In nested prose ("In the house burns a light. In that light rests a bed. On that bed waits a book."), the author takes us on a swooping, quiet journey through and above a summer night. And in scratchboard illustrations nearly as detailed as something by a Geisert, the illustrator pulls us in and slows us down.
Hypnotic. That's the word. Good for many a moment of stillness with a small child, even one who is rarely still.