This Old House

Karen Ackerman, Author, Sylvie Kantorovitz Wickstrom, Illustrator Atheneum Books $14.95 (1p) ISBN 978-0-689-31741-5
There's more to an abandoned house than meets the eye in this slight picture book: wild creatures from the surrounding yard have made the rundown dwelling their own. Mice scurry on the floor, spiders spin webs in the cabinets and kittens nap beneath a chair--until the day when a new family might move in. Ackerman's ( Song and Dance Man ) text amounts to little more than a list of critter sightings arranged in couplets. Disappointingly, her meter and vocabulary seem to suffer at times for the sake of rhyme. Wickstrom's ( Armadillo ) cuddly watercolors provide an appropriately snug setting for the text, but their similarity in hue and composition becomes tiresome. This is one old house that regrettably yields few treasures. Ages 4-6. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/31/1992
Release date: 09/01/1992
Genre: Children's
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