The cover of Mark Siegel’s Moving House just grabs you and invites you to read. I just love it when a story and artwork come together so well. The first few pages where we are in the “thick” of Foggytown could each be framed, they are so wonderful, and then we are thrown right into the inside of the house with the children. The rest of the book feels very Dr. Seuss in the artwork (meant as a high compliment), and I just love the way the use of color for the backgrounds and foregrounds really highlights the house and children. When inside the house the children really get highlighted, and seeing their pajamas and the dancing is great.
The story itself–of the houses coming out of the fog–worked on many different levels, and my kids prefer books that they can both enjoy. For my 5-year-old, the story was nice, and he enjoyed the fact that the house could walk. When I asked my 7-year-old to tell me about the story, he said he liked the fact they got to stay with their house and said if we moved he wanted his room to come with him.
Mark Siegel puts together a wonderful book that delights by both the written word and the artwork for children of different ages, and it was a book I could appreciate as a parent, as well. We may even have an environmental lesson to be learned here. Moving House by Mark Siegel is a winner.
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 hands.