Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Book Review: The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson, Beth Krommes

Book Summary/Review:

The prestigious Caldecott Medal is awarded at the beginning of each year to one amazing picture book. The winning book is selected based upon the illustrative representation of the story, not the written content itself. For 2009, Beth Krommes’ earned this much coveted award for her artistic work in The House in the Night.

About the Illustrations

Beth Krommes complements her luminous black and white sketches with traces of gold throughout the story. The effect is both captivating and magical. The pictures are so intertwined with the words, it is impossible to imagine either one standing alone.

About the Story

This poetic bedtime story will provide reassurance to any child who is scared of the dark. The sparse text focuses on the simple, comforting objects associated with home.

“Here is the key to the house. In the house burns a light. In that light rests a bed. On that bed waits a book.”

The book takes readers on a journey from a warm home to the starlit sky and back again, identifying the many familiar things along the way. Children will take comfort in knowing that light is the only difference between night and day.

Caldecott Honor Books

In addition to the Caldecott Medal winner, three books have been selected as Caldecott Honor books for 2009. The illustrations in these books are remarkable as well. You will enjoy exploring these works of art with your children.

A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, written and illustrated by Marla Frazee

How I Learned Geography, written and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz

A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant

Now that the winners have been announced, you will see these Caldecott books prominently displayed in every bookstore and library. Share the joy of reading with your child by reading a Caldecott award book together.

Send The House in the Night to a child today from The Lollipop Book Club!


  1. This book is gorgeous! I loved it at first sight. I'm glad it won the Caldecott!

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  3. Would love to win!

    Thanks for the opportunity!