Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Illustrator News: New Book by Jared Lee - This is the House That Monsters Built
Jared Lee has a great new book out called This is the House That Monsters Built.
Here are a couple reviews:
From Horn Book:
This Is the House
That Monsters Built
by Steve Metzger; illus. by Jared Lee
Preschool, Primary Cartwheel/Scholastic 32 pp.
7/16 978-0-545-61112-1 $9.99 g
“This is the werewolf who put in a door, / That stopped the spider who started
to crawl, / That shocked the mummy who raised the wall, / Inside the house
that monsters built.” Using a “House That Jack Built” structure, this book
describes how various witches, vampires, and ghosts contribute to the (shoddy)
construction of a “spooky” house, and the resultant chaos when trick-or-treaters
come to the door.
The monsters, it turns out, are as
bad at being scary as they are at building a house. There’s good read-aloud
potential here (although it requires practice; the verse’s meter is frequently challenging),
and the pen-and-ink illustrations are frenetically funny. martha v.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY-AUGUST 1, 2016
This Is the House That Monsters Built Steve Metzger, illus. by Jared Lee. Cartwheel, $9.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-545-61112-1
It’s one big chain of scares in this Halloweeny version of “This Is the House That Jack Built” from the duo behind Pluto Visits Earth! As assembly of the house gets underway, various creatures inadvertently spook each other: “This is the skeleton who nailed down the floor,/ That upset the werewolf who put in a door,/ That stopped the spider who started to crawl/ That shocked the mummy who raised the wall.” The nervous, jittery ink lines that characterize Lee’s work fit the Halloween setting to a tee: the story’s physical comedy, which includes a monster accidentally smashing the skeleton to bits with an armchair, peaks when it’s revealed that a group of young trick-or-treaters are behind all the mayhem. Kids can be scary, too, Metzger and Lee remind readers, just in time for end-of-October mischief. Ages 3–5.Author’s agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (June)
We will keep you updated if there are any book signings.