When I read, Red House Tree House Little Bitty Brown Mouse by Jane Godwin and illustrated by Blanca Gómez, I was reminded of how many varied categories picture books fall into. A plethora of needs and uses that a slight-worded book for tiny hands can fulfill.
Red House Tree House is a cheeringly rhyming journey across the world. Brimming with fun, clever, teaching tools along the way. The reader is asked questions on several pages,
Do you know the color of the berries in between?”
This engages the reader with the book both visually through the illustrations, as well as conversationally in the text. We also get to seek and find and search for the little brown mouse on each spread (which I have and always will love doing!).
The rhymes and the vocabulary pulses and builds as we travel across the world using various means of transportation,
Shoes go on your feet. What goes on your head?”
This is such a witty and fun read aloud and I can just hear children shouting out their answers. Very interactive and engaging.
The illustrations by Gómez are happy and joyful. Simple shapes play off complex patterns in a delightful way.
The colorful end pages are printed with illustrated travel stickers along with a note encouraging an observant reader to match them with their places throughout the book. Yet another way the reader can interact with the book.
As I mentioned earlier, there are many purposes for a picture book: sometimes it’s to teach a life lesson, sometimes it’s to introduce a character with whom a child can relate, it can be mostly informative, or just make the reader laugh.
In the end, when thoughtful illustrations and lilting rhymes engage the reader to turn the page and continue on an exciting journey— it’s destined to be a successful classic that will be read and enjoyed,