Loved it Funny, touching, great pictures Lovely picture book. The Fog In Foggytown Was So Thick That People Bumped Into Parking Meters And Streetlamps And Each Other So Joey And Chloe S Parents Decide It S Time To Move But Joey And Chloe Love Their House And As It Turns Out, Their House Loves Them And Has A Very Special And Utterly Fantastic Way Of Taking Matters Into Its Own HandsComic And Picture Book Star Mark Siegel Has Spun A Delightful And Compelling Fantasy For Young Picture Book Readers, Illustrated In A Unique Style That Combines Elements Of Traditional Picture Book, Comic, And Animation Art I found this picture book in the moving section of my library, but it s not really about moving It has an environmental message specifically, the people, and even the houses, are desperate to escape all the fog, which seems to be a euphemism for air pollution As an answer, the houses all come to life, growing arms and legs, and move onto hills, above the fog Despite the didactic nature of this book s message, it works even less as a moving book Children who are upset and sad about moving with their family may wish their house to grow limbs and come with them to the new location, based on reading this book. Rabbit and I tore into this delightful book as soon as it crossed our threshold, and we loved it The story of a family that is moving house, and the children and the house that conspire to stay together, is a fun read and a deceptively simple story There is a lot happening beneath the words and around the corners of the images as author Mark Siegel explains in this snippet interview, moving house has a lot of meaning to young children, and home means then just a place you live is wonderful book that reminds us to be at home with ourselves and our families, and that a true home travels with us. This story was a bit lost on me I did not get it Was it about the kids moving and loving their house Was it to make a point about the environment and having clean air I don t think kids will get the house just picking up and walking around to end up at a different point on the globe Okay The art was nice enough Siegel s last big project was the Siebert honor book To Dance , but the story was a little bit lost on me The city is oppressing the affluent white family with its dirtiness, so their house picks up and moves them to the peaceful countryside Did I get that right A delightful fantasy and a clever twist on stories about moving anxieties. imaginative and deliciously drawn. Interesting imaginative elements, but it feels a little didactic and does not make sense overall. Foggytown had such thick fog that people couldn t even see where they were walking Chloe and Joey wished that they could see the stars from their house, but it was far too foggy for that One foggy day when they returned home, their parents announced that they were moving As they went to bed, the two children thought about everything they would miss about this house the warm spot on the kitchen floor, the long hallway to run down, and their secret spot upstairs Then suddenly, their room moved and they were wiggled around Their house had sprouted arms and legs and was walking down the road It took them to a hill above the fog where they could see the stars and look over the world for miles After visiting with other buildings, the children got tired and headed back to bed What will they see when they wake up in the morning Read the rest of my review on my blog, Waking Brain Cells.
Mark Siegel was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, grew up in Paris, France, and now lives in New York A graduate of Brown University, he is the author and illustrator of several award winning picture books, including the graphic novel, SAILOR TWAIN, and the 5 WORLDS series Mark is also founded First Second Books Macmillan s prestigious graphic novel publisher.
- 32 pages
- Moving House
- Mark Siegel
- 08 August 2017 Mark Siegel