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In the Tree House

by Andrew Larsen, illustrated by Dusan Petricic

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list price: $8.99
edition:Paperback
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published: April 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 is a father, homemaker and author. His books include A Squiggly Story, In the Tree House, which won the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, and See You Next Year, which received wide critical acclaim. Andrew lives in Toronto, Ontario. His local library just happens to be a Carnegie Library.
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Du?an Petricic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, but loved to pretend that he grew up in Zemun, an old city located just across the river (and now a part of Belgrade). As a boy he did all the forbidden things that children do, but what Du?an loved most was to draw. He started drawing at age four and, encouraged by his parents, he never stopped. He found inspiration in everything, and drawing became a way to communicate with the people around him. Two books that were very important to his childhood were an old encyclopedia with lots of pictures and The Boys from PavelÕs Street by Ferenc Moln‡r. Early on, he was moved by the drawings found within the encyclopedia. As he grew older, he adored many artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, DŸrer, and Picasso. Du?an has been illustrating childrenÕs books for many years. He has received numerous honors and awards for his work, in North America and internationally, including an IBBY Certificate of Honour and an Alberta Book Award for On Tumbledown Hill (Red Deer Press). The Longitude Prize (FSG) was selected as a Robert F. Siebert Honor Book for a Distinguished Informative Book for Children in the US. His beautiful, evocative illustrations for Mattland (2009) by Hazel Hutchins and Gail Herbert garnered Du?an the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon IllustratorÕs Award from the Canadian Library Association as well as the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. His illustrations for Better Together (2011) by Sheryl and Simon Shapiro were described as ÒsublimeÓ by Kirkus Reviews. When it came time to reissue Robert MunschÕs Mud Puddle (2012), Du?an was AnnickÕs first choice to reillustrate the classic. The results are a fresh and energetic look that will delight a whole new generation of young Munsch fans. Du?anÕs latest book, The Man with the Violin (2013), was greeted with rave reviews, including starred reviews in Kirkus and uill & uire. Written by Kathy Stinson, this beautifully evocative picture book tells the true story of world-renowned violinist, Joshua Bell, who conducted an experiment by anonymously playing his priceless violin in the Washington D.C. subway station. Luckily for Du?an, his profession is his favorite hobby and he is happy when at work. To young artists he would give this advice: ÒThink, think, think, think, draw!Ó Du?an lives in Toronto where he is a regular contributor as an editorial cartoonist in the Toronto Star.
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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, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
3 to 7
Grade:
p to 2
Awards
  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award, The Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award
  • Winner, Jean Throop Book Award, Municipal Chapter of Toronto IODE
  • Winner, Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults, Bank Street Children's Book Committee
  • Winner, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, CBC Fan Choice Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards
  • Short-listed, Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Book of the Year 2013: Books for Young People, Quill & Quire
Editorial Reviews

Heartfelt and subtle.

— Booklist

... 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

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

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