The House at the End of the Road
The House at the End of the Road
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Annotation: Discovering a creepy old house while visiting their grandmother for the summer, three cousins learn about its elderly resident's humor and fascinating antique possessions before his departure to a retirement community prompts them to create loving mementos for his new home.
Catalog Number: #190814
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 1 volume
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-7714-7335-5
ISBN 13: 978-1-7714-7335-4
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018963953
Dimensions: 31 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
One summer three cousins discovered that things are not what they seem. While visiting their grandmother, they catch sight of a pale face in the window of a decrepit house at the end the street. Obviously, the house is haunted! Their grandmother knows otherwise and helps to dispel their fears by introducing the kids to the old man who lives there: her favorite childhood teacher, kind Mr. Peterson. The kids and their grandmother spend the summer visiting him and discovering all the hidden treasures in his beloved house. One day Mr. Peterson is taken to a nursing home and the kids collect mementos for him remember his home by. Author-illustrator Rust uses her background in animation to create expressive characters and give the story a cinematic feel, complete with speech-balloon dialogue and framed sequences. The house in the beginning of the tale looks spooky, but as the narrative progresses and the kids get to know Mr. Peterson, the house becomes a place of life and warmth. A great book to teach empathy, kindness, and neighborly love.
Horn Book
A child narrator recounts events from the previous summer, when she stayed at her grandmother's house with her brother and cousin and befriended an elderly neighbor. While cycling, the kids discover a rundown house at the end of the road. Thinking it abandoned--and potentially haunted--one of them throws a rock at a window. It doesn't break, but a ghostly figure appears in the window, causing the kids to make a swift departure. Guilt weighs on them until they confess to Grandma, who helps cultivate a friendship between the children and the house's occupant, Mr. Peterson. They spend the summer exploring the antiques-filled home and getting to know Mr. Peterson--until one day the children arrive to learn that the house has been condemned and their new friend has moved to a retirement community. Inspired by gifts Mr. Peterson gave them (a notebook, a camera, and some gardening tools), the children assemble a box of mementos for him before going home at summer's end. The illustrations, hand-drawn and digitally colored, contain a mix of panels, word balloons, and traditional full-page pictures. Brief dialogue and small details in the visual narrative add humor and reveal characters' emotions and backstories. The comics-inspired format and sensitive themes about looking deeply, questioning assumptions, and finding beauty everywhere make this a memorable offering.
Publishers Weekly
When Patrick and his sister, the narrator, arrive for a summer stay with their grandmother, their rambunctious cousin Robert shows them a spooky old Victorian house and shies a rock at an upper window. (-I don-t think Robert really wanted to break the glass,- the girl says loyally.) An elderly man-s face appears at the window, frightening the children. But he-s no ghost, and their grandmother knows him: -Mr. Peterson had been Grandma-s favorite teacher when she was a girl.- With Grandma-s introduction to smooth the way, a visit to the house (-It was full of fascinating things. Each one had a story-) leads to a friendship with Mr. Peterson. Angular, shadowy illustrations by Rust (Tricky) dwell on treasures such as wind-up toys, a home movie projector, and a basement full of preserved food in jars. And when Mr. Peterson takes ill and is moved to a retirement home, it is Robert who sees to the work of documenting Mr. Peterson-s home. Rust weaves themes of open-mindedness, intergenerational community, and generosity through the story as the children use the distinctive gifts Mr. Peterson has given each of them to make him something special in return. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 -One day while out exploring on their bikes, three cousins venture close to a rickety old house and encounter what they think is a ghost. The ghost, they later learn, is Mr. Peterson, their grandmother's teacher and friend, and he isn't nearly as scary as they first imagined. With their grandmother's encouragement, the cousins build a wonderful friendship over the summer. Before the three return home in the fall, Mr. Peterson is moved to a nursing home, and his house is unceremoniously emptied of all his marvelous things. The children salvage a box full of photos, drawings, and seeds and clippings for their grandmother to take to Mr. Peterson and the story closes with all three planning to return next summer to visit. The kids are a curious and mischievous bunch and the pages are filled with golden summer light that gives each page a nostalgic feel. Many pages are divided into multiple panels, which allows them to capture each perfect scene and facial expression. Images of the interior of Mr. Peterson's house are filled with delicate sketches of many eclectic items such as a full skeleton, a rotary phone, an old sewing machine. The text is written from the perspective of one of the cousins, with some added dialogue shared through speech bubbles, and this approach makes the story feel honest and true. Mr. Peterson, despite the cousins' first impression, is generous with his time and able to recognize and nurture each of the cousin's individual talents, and their gifts to him on their departure are proof that their time together was meaningful. The message that it is necessary to look past appearances is one that is sure to resonate with parents and caregivers. VERDICT A sweet intergenerational story with gorgeous illustrations. The message that it is necessary to look past first appearances is one that is sure to resonate with parents and caregivers.-Laken Hottle, Providence Community Library, RI
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ALA Booklist (7/1/19)
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Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal (9/1/19)
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3

One summer, while exploring the town during their annual stay at Grandma's house, two siblings and their cousin come across a creepy old house. The kids poke around, one of them causing mischief and tossing rocks at the window, until they glimpse a ghost through the glass! Later, Grandma reveals the house doesn't belong to a ghost--just old Mr. Peterson. After visiting again with better intentions, the kids discover Mr. Peterson's great sense of humor and that his house is full of fascinating things: old toys, photographs, even a film projector. They become regular visitors, until one day, Mr. Peterson is gone: he has left for a retirement home, and his house sits empty. Using odds, ends, and gifts he gave them, the kids create mementos of Mr. Peterson's home to give back to him. Full of heart, this picture book incorporates graphic novel elements to tell a layered and moving story about an intergenerational friendship. It shows how appearances can be deceiving: sometimes the best adventure awaits where you least expect it.

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