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I originally brought this book because of a recommendation by OwlCrate, I'm so glad I did as Home was absolute perfection. However, don’t expect to be blown away and there are far better similar children’s books on the market. I appreciated Ellis' subtle but appealing color palette, and found that her use of stylized figures and objects helped to create a charmingly retro-vintage feeling.

She has illustrated a number of books for kids including The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket, and The Wildwood Chronicles by her husband, Colin Meloy. Coming as it does before the "home" in a shoe - a clear fairy-tale reference - I myself read the Middle-Eastern scene as a reference to the story of Aladdin, and have to wonder if these critics are simply unaware of that story, and ignorant of the wider storytelling tradition of The Arabian Nights. Discussion: I could spend hours looking at the pictures in this book, ferreting out half-hidden delightful details. The focus of “Home” is more on the illustrations than actual prose but the message is clear: people and animals live in diverse dwellings but one is not better than the next. Ellis reflects on all the possibilities of home through her lovely illustrations and fantastical imaginings of all that a home could be.We are experiencing delays with deliveries to many countries, but in most cases local services have now resumed. She uses her colours sparingly, browns, greys, greens and reds to great effect as we follow a little bird - a migrator free to travel anywhere - around the world (both real and imaginary) to places we may never visit. For instance, there is a young dark skinned girl sitting in an apartment building that is covered in graffiti, the illustration for "Some homes are wigwams" have Indigenous people with bows and arrows, followed by a palace and an underground lair in which Arab, possible Muslim, characters are smoking as they stack gold coins and there is a woman reclining on a pile of gold --as if she is a possession.

Overall, “Home” is a very simple and to-the-point book for the young ones (perhaps too simple); but has a positive message. I imagine kids might want to know, to name but a few things: What is this Atlantis that looks so intriguing?We liked the way some homes were real and some like the Moonian's house and the home of the Norse god were fantasy. Home” is an oversized juvenile picture book with very little text targeting very young children mostly in the 4-6 age bracket. I also did not care for the way some individuals / homes were depicted, and to me seemed to stereotype. As a debut, I found Ellis' concept of what home means to different people a powerful and thought-provoking discussion. Ellis’s artwork, evocative of folklore and fairytales, may seem familiar because of her illustrations for the book series "Wildwood Chronicles," written by Ellis’s husband, Colin Meloy.

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