The House in the Night
Winner of the 2009 Caldecott Medal! A spare, patterned text and glowing pictures explore the origins of light that make a house a home in this bedtime book for young children. Naming nighttime things that are both comforting and intriguing to preschoolersa key, a bed, the moonthis timeless book illuminates a reassuring order to the universe.
I've never encountered anything like the illustrations in this book and, simply put, I love them! I've since learned this style is called scratchboard art, but I have a feeling that illustrator Beth Krommes broke the mold with this one. There are little...more
It's the sort of book you want to look at again and again. Just lovely!
At this point however, the realistic story adds a magical element as the young protagonist flies out the window, teddy bear in hand, to explore her world with...more
This book exudes warmth, comfort and blessings. The images done in black and white primarily are given beacons of warmth through the use of yellow. Done in a classic wo...more
Appeal: The colors in this book are black, white and gold. This can make students feel calm. The pictures in the book are different from most books. The pictures look like they are drawn from pencils, which can be interesting to students. Students will like that this book has a pattern to it. They will find that everything is connected. Students w...more
Appeal: Second or third graders will have a good understanding of how each item mentioned in the text relates to either the previous or next item. Seeing how everything relates is a neat concept for the students to understand. The illustrator used a majority of black and white color, with subtle hin...more
The House in the Night was written by Susan Marie Swanson and illustrated by Beth Krommes. Krommes won the Caldecott Medal in 2009 for this picture book. I have to admit I was originally drawn to this book by the cover illustration. It’s a bedtime story that is very similar in style to Goodnight Moon. It brings the reader full circle from beginning to end with predictable settings. The illustrations are what I believe would really attract a young reader.
2. This is a beautiful story of a little girl reading a story before bedtime and that story taking her on a journey. The illustrations are what really bring this book to life.
3. A. The story is a nursery rhyme type of book, with pictures beyond the imagination.
B. I loved this book when I saw the pictures. They are so eye-catching and really draw a reader into the story. I love how the light is on every page, with certain parts of each illustration colored golden yellow. It makes t...more
2. This story is about a little girl who's parents give her the key to the house which has a light on. It depicts how that light, lights up her home and through her book she can see that the bird soars throughout the sky and the sun and the moon light up the sky for the bird to see and that's how she sees at night too without her light on.
3. (A) The area for comment is in the illustrations
(B) The illustrations in this book are critical. The book is written in all...more
Summary: This is a story highlighting recognizable features about a house in the night. A key to the house is given to a girl who discovers a book, goes on a reading adventure, and is then tucked into bed to sleep.
Critique: A. Use of color
B. This story's illustrations are all black and white except for specified pops of color throughout. The color usage in this book is very interesting and helps relate the pictures to the text. The author chooses specific things to color in yellow r...more
The book has some aspects of the literary standards in chapter 2. The setting is described and seen through the pictures which show where the story is taking place and what is happening in the story. There aren't really any characters in the book...more
SUMMARY: The story explains a house in a neighborhood at night. It starts off by looking at a broad point of view (the whole neighborhood) then it slowly enters the house and focuses on a story book on a bed. Which i believe symbolizes a story being told at bedtime. Then it described the storybook that was on the bed and gradually escapes the book, goes back to the bed, and so on and so on until the last picture is the neighborhood aga...more
2. The house in the night is a comfy place, but what secrets does it hold? Enter into this house and journey out into the night in this boldly illustrated tale of light.
a. The simple text invites the reader to focus on the illustrations. The bright and bold images contrast beautifully with the simple color use (only three colors, black, white and yellow).
b. This book's bright and contrasting illustration...more
Summary: This book shows young readers the reassurance of nighttime through a repetitive story about a house, like those of the readers.
a. This book has two strengths, its illustrations and also the repetition of the story.
b. The 2009 Caldecott winner book shows readers wonderful black and white illustrations with a burst of yellow color throughout. This helps readers understand the setting of the book which is nighttime. Also, the ye...more
By Susan Marie Swanson
Pictures by Beth Krommes
Genre: Controlled Vocabulary
The House in the Night is a fun little story that repeats vocabulary and concept of the relationship between the key, the house, the light, the bed, the moon, the sun and so on.
A. While this was not one of my favorite stories, it has earned the Caldecott Medal and must have some importance to win the honor. The repetition of the words is easy for children to understand and they like the rep...more
2. Summary: The House in the Night is a great book for bedtime stories. The sleepy, yet beautiful black and yellow illustrations offer the reader with a scenic nighttime view. The circular text style takes the reader on a journey through a nursery rhyme type story which is revealed in the back of the book
a. The aspect of this book I love most is hard to pick—the illustrations, color choice, or...more
Summary: This book is about things in and surrounding a house during the night. The text has one line per page and the story circles from the beginning to the end. Each item that is identified is then used on the next page so that all of the pages connect to each other. The illustrations are of black and white except for the shinning objects that are show in gold. This is a book that is perfect for bedtime reading for young readers.
Reflection: The House in the Night is ver...more