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My House by Byron Barton | SLJ Review

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redstarBarton, Byron. My House. illus. by Byron Barton. 40p. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Apr. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780062337030.My House by Byron Barton

PreS-K –Jim the cat provides a tour of his cozy home. This orange tabby explores both his outdoor and indoor spaces with an active prowl; he perches comfortably in a tree, jumps to the rooftop, and springs to the ground as he explores his surroundings. Jim takes full ownership of his home with a mixture of catlike and human characteristics; he sits upright in his rocking chair when he views the living room but then freely walks across the counters in typical feline fashion. Jim’s interests are fully realized when he hears a noise at the door and recognizes his owner. “It is Jane. Jane makes my dinner.” Full-color art created in Photoshop suits each cheerful scene with concise and simple text displayed in a bright yellow font. The purpose of each space is clearly showcased, such as when Jim introduces readers to the litter box in the bathroom, highlighting the functionality of his living arrangements. Jim adds practicality along with feline flair as he completes his rounds with a final statement. “I like my home. Meow.” VERDICT Jim’s abode is a welcome place for all who enter.–Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC

This review was published in the School Library Journal January 2016 issue.

Luann Toth About Luann Toth

Luann Toth (ltoth@mediasourceinc.com) is Managing Editor of SLJ Reviews. A public librarian by training, she has been reviewing books for a quarter of a century and continues to be fascinated by the constantly evolving, ever-expanding world of publishing.

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