“This is the first book of 2018 that just screams ‘Caldecott.’ The text is beautifully melancholy and the phrasing and rhythms are simply made for reading out loud. When combined with Lane Smith’s impressionistic illustrations (and the stylistic shift in the middle), this becomes one of those picture books that makes you gasp in wonder even as you’re getting misty-eyed. And its impact doesn’t lessen with re-reading; in fact, there are new details to discover every time you open its cover.”
— Billie Bloebaum, Third Street Books, McMinnville, OR
The dynamic duo of Ezra Jack Keats Award-winning author Julie Fogliano and Caldecott Award-winning illustrator Lane Smith team up to tell a delightful story about a boy and a girl who explore an abandoned house and imagine who might have lived there in A House That Once Was.
Deep in the woods
is a house
just a house
that once was
but now isn't
Who lived in that house? Who walked down its hallways? Why did they leave it, and where did they go?
Two children set off to find the answers, piecing together clues found, books left behind, forgotten photos, discarded toys, and creating their own vision of those who came before.
"Accompanied by Lane's evocative art that suggests layers of history, Fogliano's story turns this childhood scenario into a radiant poem about the mysteries of other people and the wonderfulness of home." --New York Times