The Big Adventures of Tiny House

Susan Schaefer Bernardo, illus. by Courtenay Fletcher. Inner Flower Child, $17.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-9711228-2-6
After a small yellow farmhouse gets converted into a cozy mobile home, it sets off on a cross-country road trip. Polaroid-style “photos” highlight stops on the journey, including St. Louis and New Orleans. Bernardo (who previously collaborated with Fletcher on Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs) alludes to the family who have made Tiny House their new home (“Though they didn’t have room for all their old stuff,/ what they decided to keep was exactly enough”), but Fletcher keeps them offscreen, allowing readers to imagine themselves in the story. Hitched up to a vintage green truck, aka Big Truck, Tiny House encounters other types of residences, including a pompous mansion named Missy, who chides, “You can’t be a home/ if you don’t stay in one place”; an Airstream-style trailer; a houseboat; and a “skoolie” bus. Bernardo’s singsong verse sometimes stretches for its rhymes, but it still sets up a mood of adventure equally evident in Fletcher’s crisp, cheerful, and polished artwork. It’s a story that sings the praises of tiny living and the camaraderie of the open road. Ages 4–8. (BookLife)
Reviewed on: 05/08/2017
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