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Building Our House
by Jonathan Bean
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013

Editor's Pick
New York Times Book Review

Indie Next List Pick
Kids 4-8, Winter '12

"Bean’s terrific illustrations show a loving family, living in a mobile home as they gather lumber and pour concrete. . .The book, with its detailed images of playful children, nerdy father, bespectacled mom and snoozy cat (both fecund), is suffused with the cozy self-sufficiency of a Laura Ingalls Wilder tale. --The New York Times Book Review

"Raise the roof for this picture book. It’s something special." --Kikus Reviews, starred review

"Drawing on childhood memories from his own family’s house construction (see author’s note), Bean creates an engaging story as well as a glimpse into a warm family setting. . .The circular shapes of trees, hills, and even the Airstream-like trailer the family lives in during construction clearly show that this is not just a house but a cozy home."
--The Horn Book Magazine, starred review

"A year-and-a-half-long adventure of building a cozy home in the countryside involves an entire family of four. The oldest child describes the construction of the house, expertly shown in appealing soft-colored illustrations. . ." -- School Library Journal, starred review

"This vision of an entire family working together to create a life and a place in the world is as satisfyingly solid as the stone foundation upon which their home is built." --The Washington Post


Other interviews and reviews

Five questions for Jonsthan Bean
Rogger Sutton, from the Horn Book Magazine, grills me!

From the Ground Up | Jonathan Bean and the Art of the Story
A chat with Daryl Grabarek of the School Library Journal

Kate's Bookery
Where I dscovered one young boy liked my book enough to fall asleep with it!