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Houses with a story : a dragon's den, a ghostly mansion, a library of lost books, and 30 more amazing places to explore / Yoshida Seiji ; translated by Jan Mitsuko Cash.

"A dreamer's tree house. A mechanic's cottage. A submerged city. Over thirty imaginative houses and the people who make them home offer unexpected worlds to wander through and explore. Who is the mischievous bridgetower keeper? What does the witch grow in her garden? How does the postal worker tame his delivery dragons? In each house, readers discover the contents of rooms and closets, what's at the top of the stairs and where shadowy hallways lead. Story text provides background and details about the lives of the residents and hints about their past and future. Lush illustrations, diagrams and detailed descriptions of each character, location and landscape open doors to whimsy, wonder, and endless possibilities"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781419761249
  • ISBN: 1419761242
  • Physical Description: 123 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2023.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
Foreword -- Mischievous bridge tower keeper -- Kaidan-Do bookstore -- World-weary astronomer's residence -- Meticulous clockmaker -- Reserved mechanic's cottage -- Methodical witch's house -- Grass-roofed house in the snowy country -- Forgotten orphan's castle -- Dreamer's tree house -- Examples of roofs -- Apple cider water mill -- Melancholy lighthouse keeper -- The post office of the dragon tamer -- Secluded information broker -- Diesel sisters -- The library of lost books -- The megalithic house -- A girl in the submerged city -- Clinic in the woods -- A word on toilets -- Cacao tree house -- A timid ogre's hideout -- A tower house near the border -- An outbuilding inhabited by a poltergeist -- A shepherd's hut -- An eccentric botanist's laboratory -- A wanted man's sod house -- The seven dwarves' house -- House with a dragon -- A lonely ghost's mansion -- A young inventor's windmill -- A ronin's tenement house -- The house of a woman fascinated by dolls -- A man in an abandoned subway station -- A miner's engine house -- Reserved mechanic's cottage: panel story -- Concepts and commentary -- Making of a miner's engine house.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 12 and Up. Amulet Books.
Awards Note:
Mildred L. Batchelder Award, 2024
Subject: Yoshida, Seiji (Illustrator) > Themes, motives > Juvenile literature.
Fantastic architecture > Juvenile literature.
Domestic space > Juvenile literature.
Imaginary places > Juvenile literature.
Yoshida, Seiji (Illustrator) > Themes, motives.
Fantastic architecture.
Domestic space.
Genre: Illustrated works.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Easton Area Public Library System.


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