In the Tree House

Andrew Larsen
Dušan Petričić

As this enchanting picture book begins, a young boy is fondly remembering last summer, when his dad built an awesome tree house in their backyard. “My brother and I spent most of that summer in the tree house. It was the best summer ever.” Sadly, everything has changed this year. His brother is now “too busy with his friends” to come to the tree house at all. But then one night the power unexpectedly goes out while the young boy is there by himself, and he's treated to an amazing view of his neighborhood, blanketed in darkness and lit only by the stars. And then, just as unexpectedly, his brother appears, wanting to join him, to savor the magic of the night.

Author Andrew Larsen has created a fantasy-inducing (what child doesn't pine for a house in a tree?) and emotionally satisfying story that young children will want to revisit again and again. His unique use of the first person to tell the story along with his simple, spare style evocatively relates the feelings the young boy has toward his special corner of the world and his older brother, without being overly mushy. The emotional poignancy is further enhanced by Duýan Petričić's expressive and detailed artwork. This book makes a great resource for lessons on community, siblings or growing up. Separately, this book could also be used for classroom discussions about the environmental issues connected to the rate and severity of blackouts in recent years.

978-1-55453-635-1 | Apr 1, 2013
List Price: USD $16.95, CAD $18.95
4-color 10 x 8 32 pages
Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7
978-1-5253-0017-2 | Apr 3, 2018
List Price: USD $7.99, CAD $8.99
4-color 10 x 8 32 pages
Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7
978-1-77138-081-2 | Dec 4, 2013
List Price: USD $5.99, CAD $5.99

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Awards & Reviews

“... cheerily illustrated ... this picture book captures ... the thrill of brotherly camaraderie ...”
— The Wall Street Journal, April 2013
“The layout of this small, oblong picture book is attractive, and the story is pleasant.”
— School Library Journal, April 2013
“Heartfelt and subtle.”
— Booklist, April 2013
“Larsen's text is full of delights, simple sensory details that capture a mood. ... To these crisply written words, Petričić brings his own rich dimension of narrative and character.”
— Quill & Quire, Starred Review, May 2013
“The powerful story is made more so by the expressive illustrations of masterful Serbian-Canadian artist Duýan Petričić.”
— Quill & Quire, November 2013
2014 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2014 - Shining Willow Award, The Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award, Short-listed
2014 - Jean Throop Book Award, Municipal Chapter of Toronto IODE, Winner
2014 - Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner
2014 - TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, CBC Fan Choice Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards, Winner
2013 - Book of the Year 2013: Books for Young People, Quill & Quire, Winner

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