A Boy and a House

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What will the little boy find at the top of the stairs?

When a little boy sees a cat slip into the open door of an apartment building, the temptation is too great: he follows the cat into the lobby. Before continuing up the stairway, the boy picks up one of several discarded drawings that litter the floor.

Another open door awaits. Again, the boy follows the cat, this time into an apartment filled with books and toys. No one is there, but a table set for tea testifies to the fact that someone has been there recently. More drawings are scattered throughout, which the boy picks up one by one. With his pile of sketches in hand, he continues up several more staircases until he reaches an attic where a wonderful surprise awaits him.

The stunning illustrations in this wordless book invite the reader into a mysterious world that evokes the beauty of the past. Drawn by the light radiating from every open doorway, the boy lets his curiosity take him on an amazing journey of discovery, which young readers can elaborate with their own versions of the story. 


Genre: Childrens book

Illustrator:  Maja Kastelic

Hardcover, 32 pages

Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Annick Press 


My Review:



This wordless picture book is a delight to behold at any age. The illustrations are stunning and whimsical. The muted hues with bursts of color here and there are gorgeous. With every turn of the page the eye is drawn to all the details presented. Absolutely wonderful. 

This book isn’t very long. In the beginning you see a young boy walking down a semi dark street lined with houses. As he comes upon an open door with a kitten looking out, the boy gets curious and follows the cat inside and up the stairs. Up, up, up they go. Round this staircase, through that door, around another staircase and into another room. It keeps going and going. Every room he enters has a unique décor and the attention to detail is amazing. The little kitten is leading the way as if it wants to show the boy something special. So where will this boy end up? Whom is he going to meet?


Gorgeously illustrated, it is such a treat. While in the midst of my day, it drew me in completely for just a little while….Definitely feeling jolly now. This would make a great gift for someone :) Enjoy!

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange of a review. All opinions are my own. Thank you kindly.