Everything You Need for a Treehouse

illus. by Emily Hughes. 40p. Chronicle. Apr. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781452142555.
K-Gr 3—The hunt for a perfect spot for a tree house starts appropriately from the ground up. The illustrations in this book do not disappoint—beginning with a sweeping image that urges readers to imagine a "home of timber and rafters in wrangled, gnarled bark." Kids will love climbing upward to the canopy with each turn of the page, where they will discover a feast of details. Included are images of airy spaces designed for plants or books, ladders or lifts for those who use wheelchairs, places to sleep amid branches, and the "fuzziest kind" of socks and a sleeping bag without holes. With a view of the stars and a wish for "secrets and whispers," this book urges adventure and creativity with digitally enhanced figures created with graphite and softly colored and highly detailed sweeping vistas—and the accompanying prose to encourage thoughtfulness in young poets.
VERDICT A suggested first purchase for young and old readers alike.

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