A House That Once Was

A House That Once Was

Deep in the woods is a house just a house that once was but now isn?t a home. Who lived in that house? Who walked down its hallways? Why did they leave it, and where did they go? Two children set off to find the answers, piecing together clues found, books left behind, forgotten photos, discarded toys, and creating their own vision of those who came before....

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Title:A House That Once Was
Author:Julie Fogliano
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:1626723141
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:48 pages pages

A House That Once Was Reviews

  • Rebecca
    May 02, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and ov...

    I do love the sad mysterious ones. Although I?m not sure I would have thought it was sad when I was a kid. This makes me think of my favorite Margaret Wise Brown books. I love the way Julie Fogliano plays with the poetic line, and how she dives right into the weird and unexpected...

    This gem struck me as a poetic meditation on what an abandoned house is: a place that was once a home. A place where people lived life, dreamed dreams, and made memories. It wonders what happened that its inhabitants have not returned? "And maybe the house is still waiting there fo...

    Beautiful language by Julie Fogliano -- rhyming and not-quite-rhyming verse that begs to be read aloud. I can imagine having someone read this to me as a kid, and shivering with the mystery and possibility of exploring an abandoned house. Also note the unusual illustration technique...

  • Betsy
    Apr 12, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

  • Miriam
    Aug 03, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

  • Tasha
    Jun 30, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and ov...

    I do love the sad mysterious ones. Although I?m not sure I would have thought it was sad when I was a kid. This makes me think of my favorite Margaret Wise Brown books. I love the way Julie Fogliano plays with the poetic line, and how she dives right into the weird and unexpected...

    This gem struck me as a poetic meditation on what an abandoned house is: a place that was once a home. A place where people lived life, dreamed dreams, and made memories. It wonders what happened that its inhabitants have not returned? "And maybe the house is still waiting there fo...

    Beautiful language by Julie Fogliano -- rhyming and not-quite-rhyming verse that begs to be read aloud. I can imagine having someone read this to me as a kid, and shivering with the mystery and possibility of exploring an abandoned house. Also note the unusual illustration technique...

    Clever and thoughtful describe this lilting poem about a house that was once a home. Written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith and published by Roaring Brook Press. #PB #poem #rhyme #mustread @JulieFogliano @LaneSmith @RoaringBrookPress ...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...

    A boy and girl explore an abandoned house, and wonder and imagine. Evocative, inventive, and quite stunning. ...

    Lovely musing text; beautiful, textured-looking collages. ...

    I have mixed feelings about this one. While the illustrations were dreamy and the words poetic, I question the ideas it may give children (and don't say they wouldn't get ideas - trust me, no biting books have inspired children to start biting!). I worry that some really imaginative ki...

    Melancholy. Lovely illustrations -- I really appreciated the mixture of techniques to convey the "then" versus the "now." The text is solid but lacked the lyrical quality I've come to expect from the author. I'm not sure kids will like this one as much as adults. ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

    Pair with This House, Once ...

    Richie?s Picks: A HOUSE THAT ONCE WAS by Julie Fogliano and Lane Smith, ill., Roaring Brook, May 2018, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-62672-314-6 ?Who was this someone who walked down this hallway who cooked in this kitchen who napped in this chair? Who was this someone who left without...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is A House That Once Was, written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Lane Smith, an interesting examination of what makes a house into a home....

    There's something so appealing about Julie Fogliano's writing. Lyrical, yet conversational, it evokes a dreamlike mindfulness that is both here-and-now and on the edge of something that's not quite, but very nearly in reach. It transports you, puts you at ease, and fills you with hope?...

    Rhythmical and enchanting, A House that Once Was is a picture book about imagining and connecting with how things might have been different in other times. Deep in the woods two children discover an old house; ?a house that once was but now isn't a home?. The children enter the...

    What I especially liked about this book are the questions inside the house as to who lived here, what did they enjoy doing with their loved ones and friends, what inventive technologies did they use, and when did the somebodies live here. It is a puzzle that these histories fade away, ...

    With lyrical language and beautiful illustrations, this book has readers imagining all of the possibilities for what once occupied an old, abandoned house in the woods. As the children climb in through the window and have a look around, they look at everything left behind and think abo...

    Two children head into the woods and discover an old house that is no longer a home. Once painted blue with an overgrown path, the house has a door that is stuck partly open. So the children enter through a broken window. Inside they find clues about the people who used to live there. ...

  • Richie Partington
    May 11, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and ov...

    I do love the sad mysterious ones. Although I?m not sure I would have thought it was sad when I was a kid. This makes me think of my favorite Margaret Wise Brown books. I love the way Julie Fogliano plays with the poetic line, and how she dives right into the weird and unexpected...

    This gem struck me as a poetic meditation on what an abandoned house is: a place that was once a home. A place where people lived life, dreamed dreams, and made memories. It wonders what happened that its inhabitants have not returned? "And maybe the house is still waiting there fo...

    Beautiful language by Julie Fogliano -- rhyming and not-quite-rhyming verse that begs to be read aloud. I can imagine having someone read this to me as a kid, and shivering with the mystery and possibility of exploring an abandoned house. Also note the unusual illustration technique...

    Clever and thoughtful describe this lilting poem about a house that was once a home. Written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith and published by Roaring Brook Press. #PB #poem #rhyme #mustread @JulieFogliano @LaneSmith @RoaringBrookPress ...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...

    A boy and girl explore an abandoned house, and wonder and imagine. Evocative, inventive, and quite stunning. ...

    Lovely musing text; beautiful, textured-looking collages. ...

    I have mixed feelings about this one. While the illustrations were dreamy and the words poetic, I question the ideas it may give children (and don't say they wouldn't get ideas - trust me, no biting books have inspired children to start biting!). I worry that some really imaginative ki...

    Melancholy. Lovely illustrations -- I really appreciated the mixture of techniques to convey the "then" versus the "now." The text is solid but lacked the lyrical quality I've come to expect from the author. I'm not sure kids will like this one as much as adults. ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

    Pair with This House, Once ...

    Richie?s Picks: A HOUSE THAT ONCE WAS by Julie Fogliano and Lane Smith, ill., Roaring Brook, May 2018, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-62672-314-6 ?Who was this someone who walked down this hallway who cooked in this kitchen who napped in this chair? Who was this someone who left without...

  • Kelly
    May 15, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and ov...

    I do love the sad mysterious ones. Although I?m not sure I would have thought it was sad when I was a kid. This makes me think of my favorite Margaret Wise Brown books. I love the way Julie Fogliano plays with the poetic line, and how she dives right into the weird and unexpected...

    This gem struck me as a poetic meditation on what an abandoned house is: a place that was once a home. A place where people lived life, dreamed dreams, and made memories. It wonders what happened that its inhabitants have not returned? "And maybe the house is still waiting there fo...

    Beautiful language by Julie Fogliano -- rhyming and not-quite-rhyming verse that begs to be read aloud. I can imagine having someone read this to me as a kid, and shivering with the mystery and possibility of exploring an abandoned house. Also note the unusual illustration technique...

    Clever and thoughtful describe this lilting poem about a house that was once a home. Written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith and published by Roaring Brook Press. #PB #poem #rhyme #mustread @JulieFogliano @LaneSmith @RoaringBrookPress ...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...

    A boy and girl explore an abandoned house, and wonder and imagine. Evocative, inventive, and quite stunning. ...

    Lovely musing text; beautiful, textured-looking collages. ...

    I have mixed feelings about this one. While the illustrations were dreamy and the words poetic, I question the ideas it may give children (and don't say they wouldn't get ideas - trust me, no biting books have inspired children to start biting!). I worry that some really imaginative ki...

    Melancholy. Lovely illustrations -- I really appreciated the mixture of techniques to convey the "then" versus the "now." The text is solid but lacked the lyrical quality I've come to expect from the author. I'm not sure kids will like this one as much as adults. ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

  • Jason
    Jun 28, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and ov...

    I do love the sad mysterious ones. Although I?m not sure I would have thought it was sad when I was a kid. This makes me think of my favorite Margaret Wise Brown books. I love the way Julie Fogliano plays with the poetic line, and how she dives right into the weird and unexpected...

    This gem struck me as a poetic meditation on what an abandoned house is: a place that was once a home. A place where people lived life, dreamed dreams, and made memories. It wonders what happened that its inhabitants have not returned? "And maybe the house is still waiting there fo...

    Beautiful language by Julie Fogliano -- rhyming and not-quite-rhyming verse that begs to be read aloud. I can imagine having someone read this to me as a kid, and shivering with the mystery and possibility of exploring an abandoned house. Also note the unusual illustration technique...

    Clever and thoughtful describe this lilting poem about a house that was once a home. Written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith and published by Roaring Brook Press. #PB #poem #rhyme #mustread @JulieFogliano @LaneSmith @RoaringBrookPress ...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...

    A boy and girl explore an abandoned house, and wonder and imagine. Evocative, inventive, and quite stunning. ...

    Lovely musing text; beautiful, textured-looking collages. ...

    I have mixed feelings about this one. While the illustrations were dreamy and the words poetic, I question the ideas it may give children (and don't say they wouldn't get ideas - trust me, no biting books have inspired children to start biting!). I worry that some really imaginative ki...

    Melancholy. Lovely illustrations -- I really appreciated the mixture of techniques to convey the "then" versus the "now." The text is solid but lacked the lyrical quality I've come to expect from the author. I'm not sure kids will like this one as much as adults. ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

    Pair with This House, Once ...

    Richie?s Picks: A HOUSE THAT ONCE WAS by Julie Fogliano and Lane Smith, ill., Roaring Brook, May 2018, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-62672-314-6 ?Who was this someone who walked down this hallway who cooked in this kitchen who napped in this chair? Who was this someone who left without...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is A House That Once Was, written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Lane Smith, an interesting examination of what makes a house into a home....

    There's something so appealing about Julie Fogliano's writing. Lyrical, yet conversational, it evokes a dreamlike mindfulness that is both here-and-now and on the edge of something that's not quite, but very nearly in reach. It transports you, puts you at ease, and fills you with hope?...

    Rhythmical and enchanting, A House that Once Was is a picture book about imagining and connecting with how things might have been different in other times. Deep in the woods two children discover an old house; ?a house that once was but now isn't a home?. The children enter the...

    What I especially liked about this book are the questions inside the house as to who lived here, what did they enjoy doing with their loved ones and friends, what inventive technologies did they use, and when did the somebodies live here. It is a puzzle that these histories fade away, ...

    With lyrical language and beautiful illustrations, this book has readers imagining all of the possibilities for what once occupied an old, abandoned house in the woods. As the children climb in through the window and have a look around, they look at everything left behind and think abo...

    Two children head into the woods and discover an old house that is no longer a home. Once painted blue with an overgrown path, the house has a door that is stuck partly open. So the children enter through a broken window. Inside they find clues about the people who used to live there. ...

    If you drive the country roads, especially those less traveled and paved with dirt and gravel, you will see remnants of previous buildings. There are large square or rectangular areas with broken stone foundations. Some portions are entirely missing. Other rocks are cemented in place a...

    Two children find an old, abandoned house and begin walking through it, attempting to figure out who used to live there and why they left. They find old toys, discarded books, and pictures of who may have been the inhabitants. It?s both a sweet and somber picture book that includes a...

    Two children explore an abandoned house in the woods. As they wander through the building they wonder about the people who used to live there. Pictures on the wall, toys on the floor, and other leavings give clues about who may have once lived in the home. The children develop a greate...

    In silence with secrets a house sits nestled in the woods. Two children find it and climb through a broken window and wander and wonder about what this house was and who lived inside. Where have the people gone who used to call this place their home? How long will the house wait for th...

    Anyone who has read my reviews extensively knows that I hate rhyming picture books but this is one of the few exceptions to the rule. I am picky about meter and I want it to be consistent. I am not a poetry person, but I appreciate well-written poetry that (if it's anything but freefor...

  • Laura Harrison
    May 25, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

  • Edward Sullivan
    Jun 05, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and ov...

    I do love the sad mysterious ones. Although I?m not sure I would have thought it was sad when I was a kid. This makes me think of my favorite Margaret Wise Brown books. I love the way Julie Fogliano plays with the poetic line, and how she dives right into the weird and unexpected...

    This gem struck me as a poetic meditation on what an abandoned house is: a place that was once a home. A place where people lived life, dreamed dreams, and made memories. It wonders what happened that its inhabitants have not returned? "And maybe the house is still waiting there fo...

    Beautiful language by Julie Fogliano -- rhyming and not-quite-rhyming verse that begs to be read aloud. I can imagine having someone read this to me as a kid, and shivering with the mystery and possibility of exploring an abandoned house. Also note the unusual illustration technique...

    Clever and thoughtful describe this lilting poem about a house that was once a home. Written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith and published by Roaring Brook Press. #PB #poem #rhyme #mustread @JulieFogliano @LaneSmith @RoaringBrookPress ...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...

    A boy and girl explore an abandoned house, and wonder and imagine. Evocative, inventive, and quite stunning. ...

  • Beverly
    Jun 19, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and ov...

    I do love the sad mysterious ones. Although I?m not sure I would have thought it was sad when I was a kid. This makes me think of my favorite Margaret Wise Brown books. I love the way Julie Fogliano plays with the poetic line, and how she dives right into the weird and unexpected...

    This gem struck me as a poetic meditation on what an abandoned house is: a place that was once a home. A place where people lived life, dreamed dreams, and made memories. It wonders what happened that its inhabitants have not returned? "And maybe the house is still waiting there fo...

    Beautiful language by Julie Fogliano -- rhyming and not-quite-rhyming verse that begs to be read aloud. I can imagine having someone read this to me as a kid, and shivering with the mystery and possibility of exploring an abandoned house. Also note the unusual illustration technique...

    Clever and thoughtful describe this lilting poem about a house that was once a home. Written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith and published by Roaring Brook Press. #PB #poem #rhyme #mustread @JulieFogliano @LaneSmith @RoaringBrookPress ...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...

    A boy and girl explore an abandoned house, and wonder and imagine. Evocative, inventive, and quite stunning. ...

    Lovely musing text; beautiful, textured-looking collages. ...

  • Heidi
    Aug 03, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and ov...

    I do love the sad mysterious ones. Although I?m not sure I would have thought it was sad when I was a kid. This makes me think of my favorite Margaret Wise Brown books. I love the way Julie Fogliano plays with the poetic line, and how she dives right into the weird and unexpected...

    This gem struck me as a poetic meditation on what an abandoned house is: a place that was once a home. A place where people lived life, dreamed dreams, and made memories. It wonders what happened that its inhabitants have not returned? "And maybe the house is still waiting there fo...

    Beautiful language by Julie Fogliano -- rhyming and not-quite-rhyming verse that begs to be read aloud. I can imagine having someone read this to me as a kid, and shivering with the mystery and possibility of exploring an abandoned house. Also note the unusual illustration technique...

    Clever and thoughtful describe this lilting poem about a house that was once a home. Written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith and published by Roaring Brook Press. #PB #poem #rhyme #mustread @JulieFogliano @LaneSmith @RoaringBrookPress ...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...

    A boy and girl explore an abandoned house, and wonder and imagine. Evocative, inventive, and quite stunning. ...

    Lovely musing text; beautiful, textured-looking collages. ...

    I have mixed feelings about this one. While the illustrations were dreamy and the words poetic, I question the ideas it may give children (and don't say they wouldn't get ideas - trust me, no biting books have inspired children to start biting!). I worry that some really imaginative ki...

    Melancholy. Lovely illustrations -- I really appreciated the mixture of techniques to convey the "then" versus the "now." The text is solid but lacked the lyrical quality I've come to expect from the author. I'm not sure kids will like this one as much as adults. ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

    Pair with This House, Once ...

    Richie?s Picks: A HOUSE THAT ONCE WAS by Julie Fogliano and Lane Smith, ill., Roaring Brook, May 2018, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-62672-314-6 ?Who was this someone who walked down this hallway who cooked in this kitchen who napped in this chair? Who was this someone who left without...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is A House That Once Was, written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Lane Smith, an interesting examination of what makes a house into a home....

    There's something so appealing about Julie Fogliano's writing. Lyrical, yet conversational, it evokes a dreamlike mindfulness that is both here-and-now and on the edge of something that's not quite, but very nearly in reach. It transports you, puts you at ease, and fills you with hope?...

    Rhythmical and enchanting, A House that Once Was is a picture book about imagining and connecting with how things might have been different in other times. Deep in the woods two children discover an old house; ?a house that once was but now isn't a home?. The children enter the...

    What I especially liked about this book are the questions inside the house as to who lived here, what did they enjoy doing with their loved ones and friends, what inventive technologies did they use, and when did the somebodies live here. It is a puzzle that these histories fade away, ...

    With lyrical language and beautiful illustrations, this book has readers imagining all of the possibilities for what once occupied an old, abandoned house in the woods. As the children climb in through the window and have a look around, they look at everything left behind and think abo...

    Two children head into the woods and discover an old house that is no longer a home. Once painted blue with an overgrown path, the house has a door that is stuck partly open. So the children enter through a broken window. Inside they find clues about the people who used to live there. ...

    If you drive the country roads, especially those less traveled and paved with dirt and gravel, you will see remnants of previous buildings. There are large square or rectangular areas with broken stone foundations. Some portions are entirely missing. Other rocks are cemented in place a...

    Two children find an old, abandoned house and begin walking through it, attempting to figure out who used to live there and why they left. They find old toys, discarded books, and pictures of who may have been the inhabitants. It?s both a sweet and somber picture book that includes a...

    Two children explore an abandoned house in the woods. As they wander through the building they wonder about the people who used to live there. Pictures on the wall, toys on the floor, and other leavings give clues about who may have once lived in the home. The children develop a greate...

  • Jana
    Jun 12, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and ov...

    I do love the sad mysterious ones. Although I?m not sure I would have thought it was sad when I was a kid. This makes me think of my favorite Margaret Wise Brown books. I love the way Julie Fogliano plays with the poetic line, and how she dives right into the weird and unexpected...

    This gem struck me as a poetic meditation on what an abandoned house is: a place that was once a home. A place where people lived life, dreamed dreams, and made memories. It wonders what happened that its inhabitants have not returned? "And maybe the house is still waiting there fo...

    Beautiful language by Julie Fogliano -- rhyming and not-quite-rhyming verse that begs to be read aloud. I can imagine having someone read this to me as a kid, and shivering with the mystery and possibility of exploring an abandoned house. Also note the unusual illustration technique...

    Clever and thoughtful describe this lilting poem about a house that was once a home. Written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith and published by Roaring Brook Press. #PB #poem #rhyme #mustread @JulieFogliano @LaneSmith @RoaringBrookPress ...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...

    A boy and girl explore an abandoned house, and wonder and imagine. Evocative, inventive, and quite stunning. ...

    Lovely musing text; beautiful, textured-looking collages. ...

    I have mixed feelings about this one. While the illustrations were dreamy and the words poetic, I question the ideas it may give children (and don't say they wouldn't get ideas - trust me, no biting books have inspired children to start biting!). I worry that some really imaginative ki...

    Melancholy. Lovely illustrations -- I really appreciated the mixture of techniques to convey the "then" versus the "now." The text is solid but lacked the lyrical quality I've come to expect from the author. I'm not sure kids will like this one as much as adults. ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

    Pair with This House, Once ...

    Richie?s Picks: A HOUSE THAT ONCE WAS by Julie Fogliano and Lane Smith, ill., Roaring Brook, May 2018, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-62672-314-6 ?Who was this someone who walked down this hallway who cooked in this kitchen who napped in this chair? Who was this someone who left without...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is A House That Once Was, written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Lane Smith, an interesting examination of what makes a house into a home....

    There's something so appealing about Julie Fogliano's writing. Lyrical, yet conversational, it evokes a dreamlike mindfulness that is both here-and-now and on the edge of something that's not quite, but very nearly in reach. It transports you, puts you at ease, and fills you with hope?...

    Rhythmical and enchanting, A House that Once Was is a picture book about imagining and connecting with how things might have been different in other times. Deep in the woods two children discover an old house; ?a house that once was but now isn't a home?. The children enter the...

    What I especially liked about this book are the questions inside the house as to who lived here, what did they enjoy doing with their loved ones and friends, what inventive technologies did they use, and when did the somebodies live here. It is a puzzle that these histories fade away, ...

    With lyrical language and beautiful illustrations, this book has readers imagining all of the possibilities for what once occupied an old, abandoned house in the woods. As the children climb in through the window and have a look around, they look at everything left behind and think abo...

  • Jillian Heise
    Jan 11, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and ov...

    I do love the sad mysterious ones. Although I?m not sure I would have thought it was sad when I was a kid. This makes me think of my favorite Margaret Wise Brown books. I love the way Julie Fogliano plays with the poetic line, and how she dives right into the weird and unexpected...

    This gem struck me as a poetic meditation on what an abandoned house is: a place that was once a home. A place where people lived life, dreamed dreams, and made memories. It wonders what happened that its inhabitants have not returned? "And maybe the house is still waiting there fo...

    Beautiful language by Julie Fogliano -- rhyming and not-quite-rhyming verse that begs to be read aloud. I can imagine having someone read this to me as a kid, and shivering with the mystery and possibility of exploring an abandoned house. Also note the unusual illustration technique...

    Clever and thoughtful describe this lilting poem about a house that was once a home. Written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith and published by Roaring Brook Press. #PB #poem #rhyme #mustread @JulieFogliano @LaneSmith @RoaringBrookPress ...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...

    A boy and girl explore an abandoned house, and wonder and imagine. Evocative, inventive, and quite stunning. ...

    Lovely musing text; beautiful, textured-looking collages. ...

    I have mixed feelings about this one. While the illustrations were dreamy and the words poetic, I question the ideas it may give children (and don't say they wouldn't get ideas - trust me, no biting books have inspired children to start biting!). I worry that some really imaginative ki...

    Melancholy. Lovely illustrations -- I really appreciated the mixture of techniques to convey the "then" versus the "now." The text is solid but lacked the lyrical quality I've come to expect from the author. I'm not sure kids will like this one as much as adults. ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

    Pair with This House, Once ...

  • Margie
    Jun 24, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and ov...

    I do love the sad mysterious ones. Although I?m not sure I would have thought it was sad when I was a kid. This makes me think of my favorite Margaret Wise Brown books. I love the way Julie Fogliano plays with the poetic line, and how she dives right into the weird and unexpected...

    This gem struck me as a poetic meditation on what an abandoned house is: a place that was once a home. A place where people lived life, dreamed dreams, and made memories. It wonders what happened that its inhabitants have not returned? "And maybe the house is still waiting there fo...

    Beautiful language by Julie Fogliano -- rhyming and not-quite-rhyming verse that begs to be read aloud. I can imagine having someone read this to me as a kid, and shivering with the mystery and possibility of exploring an abandoned house. Also note the unusual illustration technique...

    Clever and thoughtful describe this lilting poem about a house that was once a home. Written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith and published by Roaring Brook Press. #PB #poem #rhyme #mustread @JulieFogliano @LaneSmith @RoaringBrookPress ...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...

    A boy and girl explore an abandoned house, and wonder and imagine. Evocative, inventive, and quite stunning. ...

    Lovely musing text; beautiful, textured-looking collages. ...

    I have mixed feelings about this one. While the illustrations were dreamy and the words poetic, I question the ideas it may give children (and don't say they wouldn't get ideas - trust me, no biting books have inspired children to start biting!). I worry that some really imaginative ki...

    Melancholy. Lovely illustrations -- I really appreciated the mixture of techniques to convey the "then" versus the "now." The text is solid but lacked the lyrical quality I've come to expect from the author. I'm not sure kids will like this one as much as adults. ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

    Pair with This House, Once ...

    Richie?s Picks: A HOUSE THAT ONCE WAS by Julie Fogliano and Lane Smith, ill., Roaring Brook, May 2018, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-62672-314-6 ?Who was this someone who walked down this hallway who cooked in this kitchen who napped in this chair? Who was this someone who left without...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is A House That Once Was, written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Lane Smith, an interesting examination of what makes a house into a home....

    There's something so appealing about Julie Fogliano's writing. Lyrical, yet conversational, it evokes a dreamlike mindfulness that is both here-and-now and on the edge of something that's not quite, but very nearly in reach. It transports you, puts you at ease, and fills you with hope?...

    Rhythmical and enchanting, A House that Once Was is a picture book about imagining and connecting with how things might have been different in other times. Deep in the woods two children discover an old house; ?a house that once was but now isn't a home?. The children enter the...

    What I especially liked about this book are the questions inside the house as to who lived here, what did they enjoy doing with their loved ones and friends, what inventive technologies did they use, and when did the somebodies live here. It is a puzzle that these histories fade away, ...

    With lyrical language and beautiful illustrations, this book has readers imagining all of the possibilities for what once occupied an old, abandoned house in the woods. As the children climb in through the window and have a look around, they look at everything left behind and think abo...

    Two children head into the woods and discover an old house that is no longer a home. Once painted blue with an overgrown path, the house has a door that is stuck partly open. So the children enter through a broken window. Inside they find clues about the people who used to live there. ...

    If you drive the country roads, especially those less traveled and paved with dirt and gravel, you will see remnants of previous buildings. There are large square or rectangular areas with broken stone foundations. Some portions are entirely missing. Other rocks are cemented in place a...

  • Allison
    May 18, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and ov...

    I do love the sad mysterious ones. Although I?m not sure I would have thought it was sad when I was a kid. This makes me think of my favorite Margaret Wise Brown books. I love the way Julie Fogliano plays with the poetic line, and how she dives right into the weird and unexpected...

    This gem struck me as a poetic meditation on what an abandoned house is: a place that was once a home. A place where people lived life, dreamed dreams, and made memories. It wonders what happened that its inhabitants have not returned? "And maybe the house is still waiting there fo...

    Beautiful language by Julie Fogliano -- rhyming and not-quite-rhyming verse that begs to be read aloud. I can imagine having someone read this to me as a kid, and shivering with the mystery and possibility of exploring an abandoned house. Also note the unusual illustration technique...

    Clever and thoughtful describe this lilting poem about a house that was once a home. Written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith and published by Roaring Brook Press. #PB #poem #rhyme #mustread @JulieFogliano @LaneSmith @RoaringBrookPress ...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...

    A boy and girl explore an abandoned house, and wonder and imagine. Evocative, inventive, and quite stunning. ...

    Lovely musing text; beautiful, textured-looking collages. ...

    I have mixed feelings about this one. While the illustrations were dreamy and the words poetic, I question the ideas it may give children (and don't say they wouldn't get ideas - trust me, no biting books have inspired children to start biting!). I worry that some really imaginative ki...

  • Leslie Reese
    May 30, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and ov...

    I do love the sad mysterious ones. Although I?m not sure I would have thought it was sad when I was a kid. This makes me think of my favorite Margaret Wise Brown books. I love the way Julie Fogliano plays with the poetic line, and how she dives right into the weird and unexpected...

    This gem struck me as a poetic meditation on what an abandoned house is: a place that was once a home. A place where people lived life, dreamed dreams, and made memories. It wonders what happened that its inhabitants have not returned? "And maybe the house is still waiting there fo...

  • Earl
    Mar 04, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and ov...

  • KC
    Jul 17, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and ov...

    I do love the sad mysterious ones. Although I?m not sure I would have thought it was sad when I was a kid. This makes me think of my favorite Margaret Wise Brown books. I love the way Julie Fogliano plays with the poetic line, and how she dives right into the weird and unexpected...

    This gem struck me as a poetic meditation on what an abandoned house is: a place that was once a home. A place where people lived life, dreamed dreams, and made memories. It wonders what happened that its inhabitants have not returned? "And maybe the house is still waiting there fo...

    Beautiful language by Julie Fogliano -- rhyming and not-quite-rhyming verse that begs to be read aloud. I can imagine having someone read this to me as a kid, and shivering with the mystery and possibility of exploring an abandoned house. Also note the unusual illustration technique...

    Clever and thoughtful describe this lilting poem about a house that was once a home. Written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith and published by Roaring Brook Press. #PB #poem #rhyme #mustread @JulieFogliano @LaneSmith @RoaringBrookPress ...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

  • Manju
    Aug 10, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and ov...

    I do love the sad mysterious ones. Although I?m not sure I would have thought it was sad when I was a kid. This makes me think of my favorite Margaret Wise Brown books. I love the way Julie Fogliano plays with the poetic line, and how she dives right into the weird and unexpected...

    This gem struck me as a poetic meditation on what an abandoned house is: a place that was once a home. A place where people lived life, dreamed dreams, and made memories. It wonders what happened that its inhabitants have not returned? "And maybe the house is still waiting there fo...

    Beautiful language by Julie Fogliano -- rhyming and not-quite-rhyming verse that begs to be read aloud. I can imagine having someone read this to me as a kid, and shivering with the mystery and possibility of exploring an abandoned house. Also note the unusual illustration technique...

    Clever and thoughtful describe this lilting poem about a house that was once a home. Written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith and published by Roaring Brook Press. #PB #poem #rhyme #mustread @JulieFogliano @LaneSmith @RoaringBrookPress ...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

  • Annie
    Mar 20, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and ov...

    I do love the sad mysterious ones. Although I?m not sure I would have thought it was sad when I was a kid. This makes me think of my favorite Margaret Wise Brown books. I love the way Julie Fogliano plays with the poetic line, and how she dives right into the weird and unexpected...

  • Carol  Vanhook
    Jun 01, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and ov...

    I do love the sad mysterious ones. Although I?m not sure I would have thought it was sad when I was a kid. This makes me think of my favorite Margaret Wise Brown books. I love the way Julie Fogliano plays with the poetic line, and how she dives right into the weird and unexpected...

    This gem struck me as a poetic meditation on what an abandoned house is: a place that was once a home. A place where people lived life, dreamed dreams, and made memories. It wonders what happened that its inhabitants have not returned? "And maybe the house is still waiting there fo...

    Beautiful language by Julie Fogliano -- rhyming and not-quite-rhyming verse that begs to be read aloud. I can imagine having someone read this to me as a kid, and shivering with the mystery and possibility of exploring an abandoned house. Also note the unusual illustration technique...

    Clever and thoughtful describe this lilting poem about a house that was once a home. Written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith and published by Roaring Brook Press. #PB #poem #rhyme #mustread @JulieFogliano @LaneSmith @RoaringBrookPress ...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...

    A boy and girl explore an abandoned house, and wonder and imagine. Evocative, inventive, and quite stunning. ...

    Lovely musing text; beautiful, textured-looking collages. ...

    I have mixed feelings about this one. While the illustrations were dreamy and the words poetic, I question the ideas it may give children (and don't say they wouldn't get ideas - trust me, no biting books have inspired children to start biting!). I worry that some really imaginative ki...

    Melancholy. Lovely illustrations -- I really appreciated the mixture of techniques to convey the "then" versus the "now." The text is solid but lacked the lyrical quality I've come to expect from the author. I'm not sure kids will like this one as much as adults. ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

    Pair with This House, Once ...

    Richie?s Picks: A HOUSE THAT ONCE WAS by Julie Fogliano and Lane Smith, ill., Roaring Brook, May 2018, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-62672-314-6 ?Who was this someone who walked down this hallway who cooked in this kitchen who napped in this chair? Who was this someone who left without...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is A House That Once Was, written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Lane Smith, an interesting examination of what makes a house into a home....

    There's something so appealing about Julie Fogliano's writing. Lyrical, yet conversational, it evokes a dreamlike mindfulness that is both here-and-now and on the edge of something that's not quite, but very nearly in reach. It transports you, puts you at ease, and fills you with hope?...

    Rhythmical and enchanting, A House that Once Was is a picture book about imagining and connecting with how things might have been different in other times. Deep in the woods two children discover an old house; ?a house that once was but now isn't a home?. The children enter the...

    What I especially liked about this book are the questions inside the house as to who lived here, what did they enjoy doing with their loved ones and friends, what inventive technologies did they use, and when did the somebodies live here. It is a puzzle that these histories fade away, ...

  • Michelle
    Jun 07, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and ov...

    I do love the sad mysterious ones. Although I?m not sure I would have thought it was sad when I was a kid. This makes me think of my favorite Margaret Wise Brown books. I love the way Julie Fogliano plays with the poetic line, and how she dives right into the weird and unexpected...

    This gem struck me as a poetic meditation on what an abandoned house is: a place that was once a home. A place where people lived life, dreamed dreams, and made memories. It wonders what happened that its inhabitants have not returned? "And maybe the house is still waiting there fo...

    Beautiful language by Julie Fogliano -- rhyming and not-quite-rhyming verse that begs to be read aloud. I can imagine having someone read this to me as a kid, and shivering with the mystery and possibility of exploring an abandoned house. Also note the unusual illustration technique...

    Clever and thoughtful describe this lilting poem about a house that was once a home. Written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith and published by Roaring Brook Press. #PB #poem #rhyme #mustread @JulieFogliano @LaneSmith @RoaringBrookPress ...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...

    A boy and girl explore an abandoned house, and wonder and imagine. Evocative, inventive, and quite stunning. ...

    Lovely musing text; beautiful, textured-looking collages. ...

    I have mixed feelings about this one. While the illustrations were dreamy and the words poetic, I question the ideas it may give children (and don't say they wouldn't get ideas - trust me, no biting books have inspired children to start biting!). I worry that some really imaginative ki...

    Melancholy. Lovely illustrations -- I really appreciated the mixture of techniques to convey the "then" versus the "now." The text is solid but lacked the lyrical quality I've come to expect from the author. I'm not sure kids will like this one as much as adults. ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

    Pair with This House, Once ...

    Richie?s Picks: A HOUSE THAT ONCE WAS by Julie Fogliano and Lane Smith, ill., Roaring Brook, May 2018, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-62672-314-6 ?Who was this someone who walked down this hallway who cooked in this kitchen who napped in this chair? Who was this someone who left without...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is A House That Once Was, written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Lane Smith, an interesting examination of what makes a house into a home....

    There's something so appealing about Julie Fogliano's writing. Lyrical, yet conversational, it evokes a dreamlike mindfulness that is both here-and-now and on the edge of something that's not quite, but very nearly in reach. It transports you, puts you at ease, and fills you with hope?...

  • Leonard Kim
    Apr 07, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

  • Shaye Miller
    Jun 18, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and ov...

    I do love the sad mysterious ones. Although I?m not sure I would have thought it was sad when I was a kid. This makes me think of my favorite Margaret Wise Brown books. I love the way Julie Fogliano plays with the poetic line, and how she dives right into the weird and unexpected...

    This gem struck me as a poetic meditation on what an abandoned house is: a place that was once a home. A place where people lived life, dreamed dreams, and made memories. It wonders what happened that its inhabitants have not returned? "And maybe the house is still waiting there fo...

    Beautiful language by Julie Fogliano -- rhyming and not-quite-rhyming verse that begs to be read aloud. I can imagine having someone read this to me as a kid, and shivering with the mystery and possibility of exploring an abandoned house. Also note the unusual illustration technique...

    Clever and thoughtful describe this lilting poem about a house that was once a home. Written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith and published by Roaring Brook Press. #PB #poem #rhyme #mustread @JulieFogliano @LaneSmith @RoaringBrookPress ...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...

    A boy and girl explore an abandoned house, and wonder and imagine. Evocative, inventive, and quite stunning. ...

    Lovely musing text; beautiful, textured-looking collages. ...

    I have mixed feelings about this one. While the illustrations were dreamy and the words poetic, I question the ideas it may give children (and don't say they wouldn't get ideas - trust me, no biting books have inspired children to start biting!). I worry that some really imaginative ki...

    Melancholy. Lovely illustrations -- I really appreciated the mixture of techniques to convey the "then" versus the "now." The text is solid but lacked the lyrical quality I've come to expect from the author. I'm not sure kids will like this one as much as adults. ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

    Pair with This House, Once ...

    Richie?s Picks: A HOUSE THAT ONCE WAS by Julie Fogliano and Lane Smith, ill., Roaring Brook, May 2018, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-62672-314-6 ?Who was this someone who walked down this hallway who cooked in this kitchen who napped in this chair? Who was this someone who left without...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is A House That Once Was, written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Lane Smith, an interesting examination of what makes a house into a home....

    There's something so appealing about Julie Fogliano's writing. Lyrical, yet conversational, it evokes a dreamlike mindfulness that is both here-and-now and on the edge of something that's not quite, but very nearly in reach. It transports you, puts you at ease, and fills you with hope?...

    Rhythmical and enchanting, A House that Once Was is a picture book about imagining and connecting with how things might have been different in other times. Deep in the woods two children discover an old house; ?a house that once was but now isn't a home?. The children enter the...

    What I especially liked about this book are the questions inside the house as to who lived here, what did they enjoy doing with their loved ones and friends, what inventive technologies did they use, and when did the somebodies live here. It is a puzzle that these histories fade away, ...

    With lyrical language and beautiful illustrations, this book has readers imagining all of the possibilities for what once occupied an old, abandoned house in the woods. As the children climb in through the window and have a look around, they look at everything left behind and think abo...

    Two children head into the woods and discover an old house that is no longer a home. Once painted blue with an overgrown path, the house has a door that is stuck partly open. So the children enter through a broken window. Inside they find clues about the people who used to live there. ...

    If you drive the country roads, especially those less traveled and paved with dirt and gravel, you will see remnants of previous buildings. There are large square or rectangular areas with broken stone foundations. Some portions are entirely missing. Other rocks are cemented in place a...

    Two children find an old, abandoned house and begin walking through it, attempting to figure out who used to live there and why they left. They find old toys, discarded books, and pictures of who may have been the inhabitants. It?s both a sweet and somber picture book that includes a...

  • Ireadkidsbooks
    May 08, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and ov...

    I do love the sad mysterious ones. Although I?m not sure I would have thought it was sad when I was a kid. This makes me think of my favorite Margaret Wise Brown books. I love the way Julie Fogliano plays with the poetic line, and how she dives right into the weird and unexpected...

    This gem struck me as a poetic meditation on what an abandoned house is: a place that was once a home. A place where people lived life, dreamed dreams, and made memories. It wonders what happened that its inhabitants have not returned? "And maybe the house is still waiting there fo...

    Beautiful language by Julie Fogliano -- rhyming and not-quite-rhyming verse that begs to be read aloud. I can imagine having someone read this to me as a kid, and shivering with the mystery and possibility of exploring an abandoned house. Also note the unusual illustration technique...

    Clever and thoughtful describe this lilting poem about a house that was once a home. Written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith and published by Roaring Brook Press. #PB #poem #rhyme #mustread @JulieFogliano @LaneSmith @RoaringBrookPress ...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...

    A boy and girl explore an abandoned house, and wonder and imagine. Evocative, inventive, and quite stunning. ...

    Lovely musing text; beautiful, textured-looking collages. ...

    I have mixed feelings about this one. While the illustrations were dreamy and the words poetic, I question the ideas it may give children (and don't say they wouldn't get ideas - trust me, no biting books have inspired children to start biting!). I worry that some really imaginative ki...

    Melancholy. Lovely illustrations -- I really appreciated the mixture of techniques to convey the "then" versus the "now." The text is solid but lacked the lyrical quality I've come to expect from the author. I'm not sure kids will like this one as much as adults. ...

  • Traci
    Jul 03, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and ov...

    I do love the sad mysterious ones. Although I?m not sure I would have thought it was sad when I was a kid. This makes me think of my favorite Margaret Wise Brown books. I love the way Julie Fogliano plays with the poetic line, and how she dives right into the weird and unexpected...

    This gem struck me as a poetic meditation on what an abandoned house is: a place that was once a home. A place where people lived life, dreamed dreams, and made memories. It wonders what happened that its inhabitants have not returned? "And maybe the house is still waiting there fo...

    Beautiful language by Julie Fogliano -- rhyming and not-quite-rhyming verse that begs to be read aloud. I can imagine having someone read this to me as a kid, and shivering with the mystery and possibility of exploring an abandoned house. Also note the unusual illustration technique...

    Clever and thoughtful describe this lilting poem about a house that was once a home. Written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith and published by Roaring Brook Press. #PB #poem #rhyme #mustread @JulieFogliano @LaneSmith @RoaringBrookPress ...

  • GooseberryCompote
    May 17, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and ov...

    I do love the sad mysterious ones. Although I?m not sure I would have thought it was sad when I was a kid. This makes me think of my favorite Margaret Wise Brown books. I love the way Julie Fogliano plays with the poetic line, and how she dives right into the weird and unexpected...

    This gem struck me as a poetic meditation on what an abandoned house is: a place that was once a home. A place where people lived life, dreamed dreams, and made memories. It wonders what happened that its inhabitants have not returned? "And maybe the house is still waiting there fo...

    Beautiful language by Julie Fogliano -- rhyming and not-quite-rhyming verse that begs to be read aloud. I can imagine having someone read this to me as a kid, and shivering with the mystery and possibility of exploring an abandoned house. Also note the unusual illustration technique...

    Clever and thoughtful describe this lilting poem about a house that was once a home. Written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith and published by Roaring Brook Press. #PB #poem #rhyme #mustread @JulieFogliano @LaneSmith @RoaringBrookPress ...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...

  • Baby Bookworm
    Jul 15, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and ov...

    I do love the sad mysterious ones. Although I?m not sure I would have thought it was sad when I was a kid. This makes me think of my favorite Margaret Wise Brown books. I love the way Julie Fogliano plays with the poetic line, and how she dives right into the weird and unexpected...

    This gem struck me as a poetic meditation on what an abandoned house is: a place that was once a home. A place where people lived life, dreamed dreams, and made memories. It wonders what happened that its inhabitants have not returned? "And maybe the house is still waiting there fo...

    Beautiful language by Julie Fogliano -- rhyming and not-quite-rhyming verse that begs to be read aloud. I can imagine having someone read this to me as a kid, and shivering with the mystery and possibility of exploring an abandoned house. Also note the unusual illustration technique...

    Clever and thoughtful describe this lilting poem about a house that was once a home. Written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith and published by Roaring Brook Press. #PB #poem #rhyme #mustread @JulieFogliano @LaneSmith @RoaringBrookPress ...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...

    A boy and girl explore an abandoned house, and wonder and imagine. Evocative, inventive, and quite stunning. ...

    Lovely musing text; beautiful, textured-looking collages. ...

    I have mixed feelings about this one. While the illustrations were dreamy and the words poetic, I question the ideas it may give children (and don't say they wouldn't get ideas - trust me, no biting books have inspired children to start biting!). I worry that some really imaginative ki...

    Melancholy. Lovely illustrations -- I really appreciated the mixture of techniques to convey the "then" versus the "now." The text is solid but lacked the lyrical quality I've come to expect from the author. I'm not sure kids will like this one as much as adults. ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

    Pair with This House, Once ...

    Richie?s Picks: A HOUSE THAT ONCE WAS by Julie Fogliano and Lane Smith, ill., Roaring Brook, May 2018, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-62672-314-6 ?Who was this someone who walked down this hallway who cooked in this kitchen who napped in this chair? Who was this someone who left without...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is A House That Once Was, written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Lane Smith, an interesting examination of what makes a house into a home....

  • Karen Abbott
    Jul 02, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and ov...

    I do love the sad mysterious ones. Although I?m not sure I would have thought it was sad when I was a kid. This makes me think of my favorite Margaret Wise Brown books. I love the way Julie Fogliano plays with the poetic line, and how she dives right into the weird and unexpected...

    This gem struck me as a poetic meditation on what an abandoned house is: a place that was once a home. A place where people lived life, dreamed dreams, and made memories. It wonders what happened that its inhabitants have not returned? "And maybe the house is still waiting there fo...

    Beautiful language by Julie Fogliano -- rhyming and not-quite-rhyming verse that begs to be read aloud. I can imagine having someone read this to me as a kid, and shivering with the mystery and possibility of exploring an abandoned house. Also note the unusual illustration technique...

    Clever and thoughtful describe this lilting poem about a house that was once a home. Written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith and published by Roaring Brook Press. #PB #poem #rhyme #mustread @JulieFogliano @LaneSmith @RoaringBrookPress ...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...

    A boy and girl explore an abandoned house, and wonder and imagine. Evocative, inventive, and quite stunning. ...

    Lovely musing text; beautiful, textured-looking collages. ...

    I have mixed feelings about this one. While the illustrations were dreamy and the words poetic, I question the ideas it may give children (and don't say they wouldn't get ideas - trust me, no biting books have inspired children to start biting!). I worry that some really imaginative ki...

    Melancholy. Lovely illustrations -- I really appreciated the mixture of techniques to convey the "then" versus the "now." The text is solid but lacked the lyrical quality I've come to expect from the author. I'm not sure kids will like this one as much as adults. ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

    Pair with This House, Once ...

    Richie?s Picks: A HOUSE THAT ONCE WAS by Julie Fogliano and Lane Smith, ill., Roaring Brook, May 2018, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-62672-314-6 ?Who was this someone who walked down this hallway who cooked in this kitchen who napped in this chair? Who was this someone who left without...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is A House That Once Was, written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Lane Smith, an interesting examination of what makes a house into a home....

    There's something so appealing about Julie Fogliano's writing. Lyrical, yet conversational, it evokes a dreamlike mindfulness that is both here-and-now and on the edge of something that's not quite, but very nearly in reach. It transports you, puts you at ease, and fills you with hope?...

    Rhythmical and enchanting, A House that Once Was is a picture book about imagining and connecting with how things might have been different in other times. Deep in the woods two children discover an old house; ?a house that once was but now isn't a home?. The children enter the...

    What I especially liked about this book are the questions inside the house as to who lived here, what did they enjoy doing with their loved ones and friends, what inventive technologies did they use, and when did the somebodies live here. It is a puzzle that these histories fade away, ...

    With lyrical language and beautiful illustrations, this book has readers imagining all of the possibilities for what once occupied an old, abandoned house in the woods. As the children climb in through the window and have a look around, they look at everything left behind and think abo...

    Two children head into the woods and discover an old house that is no longer a home. Once painted blue with an overgrown path, the house has a door that is stuck partly open. So the children enter through a broken window. Inside they find clues about the people who used to live there. ...

    If you drive the country roads, especially those less traveled and paved with dirt and gravel, you will see remnants of previous buildings. There are large square or rectangular areas with broken stone foundations. Some portions are entirely missing. Other rocks are cemented in place a...

    Two children find an old, abandoned house and begin walking through it, attempting to figure out who used to live there and why they left. They find old toys, discarded books, and pictures of who may have been the inhabitants. It?s both a sweet and somber picture book that includes a...

    Two children explore an abandoned house in the woods. As they wander through the building they wonder about the people who used to live there. Pictures on the wall, toys on the floor, and other leavings give clues about who may have once lived in the home. The children develop a greate...

    In silence with secrets a house sits nestled in the woods. Two children find it and climb through a broken window and wander and wonder about what this house was and who lived inside. Where have the people gone who used to call this place their home? How long will the house wait for th...

  • BooksForTopics
    May 31, 2018

    Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We're whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't. The someone who once was is someone who isn't. The someone who once was is gone. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...

    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...

    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and ov...

    I do love the sad mysterious ones. Although I?m not sure I would have thought it was sad when I was a kid. This makes me think of my favorite Margaret Wise Brown books. I love the way Julie Fogliano plays with the poetic line, and how she dives right into the weird and unexpected...

    This gem struck me as a poetic meditation on what an abandoned house is: a place that was once a home. A place where people lived life, dreamed dreams, and made memories. It wonders what happened that its inhabitants have not returned? "And maybe the house is still waiting there fo...

    Beautiful language by Julie Fogliano -- rhyming and not-quite-rhyming verse that begs to be read aloud. I can imagine having someone read this to me as a kid, and shivering with the mystery and possibility of exploring an abandoned house. Also note the unusual illustration technique...

    Clever and thoughtful describe this lilting poem about a house that was once a home. Written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith and published by Roaring Brook Press. #PB #poem #rhyme #mustread @JulieFogliano @LaneSmith @RoaringBrookPress ...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...

    A boy and girl explore an abandoned house, and wonder and imagine. Evocative, inventive, and quite stunning. ...

    Lovely musing text; beautiful, textured-looking collages. ...

    I have mixed feelings about this one. While the illustrations were dreamy and the words poetic, I question the ideas it may give children (and don't say they wouldn't get ideas - trust me, no biting books have inspired children to start biting!). I worry that some really imaginative ki...

    Melancholy. Lovely illustrations -- I really appreciated the mixture of techniques to convey the "then" versus the "now." The text is solid but lacked the lyrical quality I've come to expect from the author. I'm not sure kids will like this one as much as adults. ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

    Pair with This House, Once ...

    Richie?s Picks: A HOUSE THAT ONCE WAS by Julie Fogliano and Lane Smith, ill., Roaring Brook, May 2018, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-62672-314-6 ?Who was this someone who walked down this hallway who cooked in this kitchen who napped in this chair? Who was this someone who left without...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is A House That Once Was, written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Lane Smith, an interesting examination of what makes a house into a home....

    There's something so appealing about Julie Fogliano's writing. Lyrical, yet conversational, it evokes a dreamlike mindfulness that is both here-and-now and on the edge of something that's not quite, but very nearly in reach. It transports you, puts you at ease, and fills you with hope?...

    Rhythmical and enchanting, A House that Once Was is a picture book about imagining and connecting with how things might have been different in other times. Deep in the woods two children discover an old house; ?a house that once was but now isn't a home?. The children enter the...