Picture Books Blake Morrison The yellow house

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The yellow house

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A little girl's fascination with the yellow house she passes each day leads her into the garden which is full of fantastic surprises.

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Blake Morrison has written fiction, poetry, journalism, literary criticism and libretti, as well as adapting plays for the stage. Since 2003, Blake has been Professor of Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College. He lives in south London. Helen Craig began illustrating children's books in 1969 and has since then completed over sixty picture books, including sixteen titles about her popular mouse character Angelina Ballerina. Helen usually works in watercolour but she illustrated The Yellow House using etchings and aquatints. She now lives outside Cambridge.

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Kindergarten-Grade 2 An interesting excursion into fantasy. The unnamed heroine is fasci nated by a mysterious unoccupied house that she passes every day. One day a small boy invites her in, and to the continuing refrain ``Come and see this!'' he shows her the wonders of the garden around the house: a tiger play ing with its cubs in the grass; a dolphin in the goldfish pond; a pelican in the apple tree; a large snake in the green house; a panda in the trashcan, reading a newspaper. As the story closes, she is continuing her walks, each time hoping she can once again enter the garden. The story is told in simple language, the poet-author laying allusions gently be neath the surface and using his tools to manipulate the structure of the text to lend it rhythmic power. Craig catches the poetic feeling in the quietly odd per spectives of some of her etchings, which formally frame the action. The reproduction of these pale pastel col ored illustrations is often fuzzy, which works well, as it lends an air of misty fantasy. Craig also extends some of Morrison's ideas, as when she shows the boy as the same size as, and wear ing the same clothes as, a garden gnome seen every day by the young narrator. While the story is slight, it carries a cer tain power, and some care has been taken in its telling. The result is a tidy, but minor, success. Christine Behr mann, New York Public Library
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