In the Tree House

illus. by Dušan Petričić. 32p. Kids Can. Apr. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-55453-635-1.
K-Gr 2—A young boy's family has moved to a bigger house in a new neighborhood. There's a lot to like about it, but the child misses sharing a bedroom with his older brother. To help himself fall asleep at night, he begins to plan tree houses and later puts his plans to paper. Soon, his brother and father join him in the project, and they build a real tree house in the large backyard tree. It's a cool place, and the siblings enjoy their special hangout all summer long. By the next summer, however, the older brother is more interested in his own friends. It's lonely up in that tree house, until all the power goes out. Suddenly, stars are visible in the night sky, neighbors come out to socialize, and the boy and his older brother have time to renew their relationship. They read comics and play cards by flashlight, as in earlier times, and watch the twinkling lights come on in the neighborhood. The cartoonlike illustrations, many of them with crisp white backgrounds and several that are striking silhouettes, are done in pen-and-ink and colored with Photoshop. The layout of this small, oblong picture book is attractive, and the story is pleasant. A supplemental purchase for larger collections.—Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA

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