Picture Book Review: In The Tree House by Andrew Larsen and Dusan Petricic (Illustrations)


In The Tree House by Andrew Larsen and Dusan Petricic (Illustrations)

Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Kids Can Press, Ltd. (April 1, 2013)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Rating: 4 of 5 stars

An evocative story
about two brothers who are growing up (one faster than the other), an
unusual summer night and a special tree house that proves childhood is
not just a time but also a place.

About the Author:

Andrew Larsen lives in a neighborhood in Toronto that has tall
trees, old houses and lots of stories. He lives with his wife and two
children. Sometimes Andrew goes looking for stories and sometimes
stories come looking for him.

Andrew was born in Montreal and lived there until he was 12. He has also lived in Halifax, Ottawa and London, England.

a young boy, Andrew dreamed of being a hockey player. His first job was
delivering newspapers to the houses in his neighborhood. He has had
many jobs over the years, but once he started a family, Andrew
discovered his true calling: he became a stay-at-home dad and started
writing stories. He still loves to skate.

Andrew spends his
days cooking, cleaning, daydreaming and writing. He often visits schools
and libraries, where he encourages children to discover their own

About the Artist:

Dušan Petričić (Serbian Cyrillic: Душан Петричић) (born 1946) is a Serbian illustrator and caricaturist. He has illustrated numerous children’s books and his caricatures have appeared in various newspapers and magazines from Politika to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Toronto Star.

Petričić has received numerous awards for his work including an IBBY Certificate of Honour, an Alberta Book Award for his illustrations in Tim Wynne-Jones’ On Tumbledown Hill and many others. In 1989 he won the Levstik Award in Slovenia for his illustrations of Guliver med pritlikavci (Gulliver in Lilliput). In 2001 the book The Longitude Prize for which he produced the illustrations won an honour at the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Awards.
Since 1993 he has been living and working in Toronto, Canada.

My Thoughts:

This is a story about growing up and the importance of family. I love
the simple lines of text and the way the little boy expresses himself.
 This story is a good reminder about the beauty of childhood and the things that are most important in


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    April 28, 2013 at 2:32 am

    I love the cover of this book and the storyline sounds great. This is something that many kids will love and connect to and I plan to read it myself.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)
    April 30, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I love the cover and the summary. It's like with the movie Sandlot and how for those kids their childhood was on that baseball field. Growing up books are always so bittersweet (:

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