The Full House and the Empty House

The Full House and the Empty House☉ The Full House and the Empty House PDF / Epub ❤ Author LK James – Tbjewellers.co.uk The Full House and the Empty House are very good friends when they dance they admire in each other the qualities they lack within themselves Even though the houses are different on the inside, it does The Full House and the Empty House are House and PDF/EPUB ê very good friends when they dance they admire in each other the qualities they lack within themselves Even though the houses are different on the inside, it doesn t reflect how they feel on the outside The bathroom of the full house was full of many bathroom y things There was a big bathtub with gold clawed feet, a sink shaped like a seashell, a hairbrush and comb made of bone,and cakes of lilac soap The Full PDF \ In the bathroom of the empty house was just a toilet and a sink In the evening when the two houses grew tired of dancing, they would rest on the hillside and look out at the world together.

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  • Hardcover
  • 44 pages
  • The Full House and the Empty House
  • LK James
  • 07 March 2018
  • 0999024930

10 thoughts on “The Full House and the Empty House

  1. says:

    As a reviewer of children s books, I have a big problem that can impede my job right from the get go I m an adult Now, generally this isn t a bad thing I know how to spell and type quickly I can come up with lofty explanations about why a book featuring a llama or a farting toad is great literature But like any adult, I m far removed from my own childhood And because I got a good education and learned big words about why one book or another is distinguished , my natural instinct whenever As a reviewer of children s books, I have a big problem that can impede my job right from the get go I m an adult Now, generally this isn t a bad thing I know how to spell and type quickly I can come up with lofty explanations about why a book featuring a llama or a farting toad is great literature But like any adult, I m far removed from my own childhood And because I got a good education and learned big words about why one book or another is distinguished , my natural instinct whenever I pick up a picture book is to thrust that knowledge onto all 32 of their pages Books like The Full House and the Empty House As it turns out, this book is a primo example of why I sometimes have to reread a book repeatedly so as to best smother those grown up voices in my head The first time I read this story, I tried to predict what it was going to do The second time I read it, I tried to supplant its simple storytelling with highly verbal explanations about the deeper meaning and significance present in its art and text The third time I read it, I was confused because those first two reads didn t turn out very well for me I hadn t accurately predicted what the book was going to do and I hadn t counted on its ending The fourth time I read it, I just read it as a picture book for kids A very good picture book for kids A very good and very beautiful and very happy picture book for kids Sometimes it takes a while to get your reaction to a book right But when you do It s worth it.There once were two houses that looked very much alike Their differences lay deep inside In one house there were bursting cupboards, full kitchens, and bathrooms filled with trinkets and goodies In the other you might find a single sandwich on a plate or a restroom with just a toilet and sink Little else Yet in spite of these differences the two houses were good friends, and each appreciated the differences in the other And so they would dance and, afterwards, look at the world side by side, until it was time to go home So let me talk about what I thought was going to happen when I first read this book I knew that its creator, LK James, was a debut picture book author illustrator I ve also read a lot of debut creators in my day and when they want to make a new story they often rely on the old standby lessons So when I discovered that one of the houses in this story was full and the other was empty I decided right then that the story was going to involve one of the following A The full house was going to offer some of the stuff inside itself to the empty house.B The empty house was going to convince the full house to let go of its worldly possessions and just enjoy life.C The houses wouldn t get along and then, at the end, realize that they both had something to offer.Perfectly fine storylines Believable ones And, to be frank, subpar boring ones Because if even a single solitary one of those storylines had occurred, this book would have fallen into the same pit as the hundreds of other picture books that are published and forgotten in a given year It would have become trite and predictable Didactic and simplistic I remember getting to the end of this book, completely flattened by the succinctness and clarity of the writing Soso they like one another and see the benefits of their differences There s no overall conflict that separates them at any point It s just a story about friends who are differentand that s that This is why I started rereading it repeatedly By all logic, a story with that little amount of plot shouldn t work You shouldn t feel compelled to read it over and over You should feel the book would benefit from some kind of problem This book breaks all of those rules It feels right because it is right In one go, Ms James has hit just the perfect tone I was reminded of classic picture books from long ago Titles like The Maggie B by Irene Haas where not a lot happens, but everything that does is just right I don t like to wield the term contemporary classic about, but this book would deserve the appellation.The writing succeeds, but it s the art that delivers the sucker punch I suspect that if you handed this book, without explanation, to a children s librarian or bookseller they would leap to the not entirely unexpected conclusion that the book was an import This is because we ve grown used to seeing a certain type of beautiful book only on other shores Yet James is American, no doubt And the publication page of this book could not bestraightforward about how it was created The art work for this book was hand drawn in ink and edited digitally If 2019 is remembered for nothing else, it is for me anyway the year that I was continually fooled by the sophistication of the digital sphere Like the French import, Sweet Dreamers by Isabelle Simler, this book feels handmade from start to finish Full House Empty House felt like a gathering linocuts when I read it I think it had something to do with the limited color scheme I know that James does do work with risograph two color prints, and this book is very much in that same vein James also keeps the book firmly rooted in umber, russet, teal, and goldenrod She then alternates the pages between two very different vibes When you are outside the houses they appear almost cartoonish, with their long legs and high heels Inside, however, the level of detail is astounding Just look at the full house s bathroom As the text says, it contains, a big bathtub with gold clawed feet, a sink shaped like a seashell, a hairbrush and comb made of bone, and cakes of lilac soap But none of that even mentions the ukuleles, cigar box banjos, and plants that line the windows What about that little pair of cat heeled slippers next to the tub Or the rather adorable family photos on the wall of different houses including one that s clearly of the empty house The longer I stare into the full house theI want to live there Dance parties would be a problem, sure, but even as she sets up the beauty of the house s interior, so too is there a beauty to its chaos James makes the rather gutsy move to include a silent two page spread of all the kitchen implements, utensils, art, ingredients, place settings, etc flying up up up into the air as the house dances around And then there are the little details that you only notice later I liked watching the two tulips that the empty house gives the full house They re plucked in the very first two page spread and they re the last image you ever see in the book I mean, I fight against it but I want so badly to lay the relationship of the two houses in this book on top of some kind of real world relationship If one house is full and the other empty, is that a metaphor for age Is this an intergenerational relationship GAH Sorry, sorry Honestly, the real beauty of this title is that it does exactly what every picture book should strive to do It gives you a simple situation and allows the reader to bring their own interpretation to its pages It s not forcing its meaning on you, but is simply telling a tale without premeditation And so I pick it up for a fourth and fifth read I read it to my kids and we linger on some of the pages I ask them what they think it means We talk about it And the book just lets me do that A bit of art, a bit of text, this typifies picture books at their best Bold and small and gutsy and quiet A title you could easily miss, but why would you want to For ages 4 7

  2. says:

    Beautiful, poetic, and fun to reread The illustrations are strange, funny, simple, and familiar at the same time The unexpected story adds to the magic with unique characters in fully realized imaginary world where houses dance not just for fun but because of what it means to them and to one another.

  3. says:

    A very strange book about friendship, and I loved it The words are simple, the art is off kilter, the plot is unexpected, spare, and perfect.

  4. says:

    Hard to describe this one I may need to read it a fewtimes I will say that I just love it Charming and unique with crazy beautiful illustrations.

  5. says:

    This book is a little on the overly strange side, but my four year old and I enjoyed it until the last page, which made no sense to me.

  6. says:

    A moving read about two houses who appreciate the difference in one another and find the difference beautiful The illustrations are captivating and speak as sincerely as the words Printed in a gorgeous hardcover.

  7. says:

    Reads like a narrative poem I might keep in my back pocket Beautiful and with really lovely artwork the colors A book I m glad to have added to our library collection and a book I might have to buy for my niece and nephew.

  8. says:

    As we were reading this I kept expecting a moral to hit me on the head at the end It wouldn t have been out of place to resolve in that way, but it was muchsatisfying left open ended and up to the interpretation of the reader.

  9. says:

    There are some children s books that children are drawn to and adults are a bit perplexed by see The Dog That Nino Didn t Have The Full House and the Empty House leans in this direction This book is spare in many ways The art work is roughly drawn it looks like woodcuts The palette is limited brown, teal, rust, goldenrod And the story is spare Two houses, one full and one empty They play together and have fun.And here s where it gets quirky Yes, The houses play together They cav There are some children s books that children are drawn to and adults are a bit perplexed by see The Dog That Nino Didn t Have The Full House and the Empty House leans in this direction This book is spare in many ways The art work is roughly drawn it looks like woodcuts The palette is limited brown, teal, rust, goldenrod And the story is spare Two houses, one full and one empty They play together and have fun.And here s where it gets quirky Yes, The houses play together They cavort They dance The full house swings the empty house into the air These aren t extremely anthropmorphic houses They look like houses except with simple arms and legs It is in the play that the deeper aspect is revealed In one two page spread, we readAnd because the empty house was empty, the full house could swing the empty house into the air with ease.Turn the page, and the next two page spread reads,And when the empty housewas high above the ground,the full house felt like it too was flying.This is a wonderful book about friends with differences Neither friend has to give up anything or change anything Their differences lend something special to the other Another most favorite book with this message is Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley I think some may wantof a message Shouldn t the full house share with the empty house Why is the empty house empty Those questions are real and valid But they are for a different book The Full House and the Empty House merely highlights the differences, offers little judgment, and celebrates the joy of friendship I note the little judgment My adult mind was a bit troubled by how grim the interior of the empty house is depicted The kitchen of the full house was full of many kitcheny things There are shelves full of dishes A stove and utensils and a bowl of fruit The cupboards were stuffed with boxes of crackers, cans of sardines, and jars of fancy jellies In the kitchen of the empty house was just a sandwich on a plate The shelves, cupboards, and counters are bare I wish the empty house had either been truly and entirely empty OR sparsely furnished with fewer things, but not so grim The contents of the empty house tell the reader that someone lives in the house, but those residents are living a very uncomfortable life This may not have been the intention or feelings of the author illustrator, but this feels like a judgment to me Having less is not good It would be interesting to see how children respond to this difference

  10. says:

    I ve decided this book is like a Rorschach test What you make if of it probably reveals something about you and the way you make meaning from stories My four year old was nonplussed She said something like, Is that it when it was over She likes it when stories have good guys and bad guys or problems that need to be solved This book has no conflict whatsoever and she didn t know how to react to that I look forward to reading it again with her when she s a little older As for me, I thoug I ve decided this book is like a Rorschach test What you make if of it probably reveals something about you and the way you make meaning from stories My four year old was nonplussed She said something like, Is that it when it was over She likes it when stories have good guys and bad guys or problems that need to be solved This book has no conflict whatsoever and she didn t know how to react to that I look forward to reading it again with her when she s a little older As for me, I thought it was about how each person brings their own strengths to a relationship and it can be really nice if those strengths complement each other Sort of an opposites attract kind of thing It also makes me think of my favorite song from Daniel Tiger I mean, at least top five that goes, In some ways we are different, but in so many ways, we are the same

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