Book Review - Too Many People for One Little House

Sunday, July 12, 2009

I recently received Too Many Visitors For One Little House written by Susan Chodakiewitz and illustrated by Veronica Walsh for review.

I have one thing to say about this book by way of a review. I have received a few children's books for review in my time and this is the first one my son, who is two and a half, has liked. Sure, it's important for the parents to appreciate the books that they read to their children but the bottom line is, if the child doesn't enjoy it then it might as well stay on the bookstore shelf and not on your bookshelf at home.

When a new family moves in on El Camino Street the crabby neighbors are not very happy. They don't like pets, they don't like kids and they don't like big families. So, when cousins, aunts, uncles, and grannies arrive for a big noisy reunion at the new family's house the neighbors are just beside themselves until the family invites them to join the party. All it takes is a simple invitation for the fussy neighbors to change their tune, finally they decide there are NEVER too many visitor for one little house.

My son sat through this book the first time I read it to him, he was interested from the first page actually he was interested from the moment he saw the front cover when I removed it from the envelope in which it arrived. Even though he had never heard the story before, he was drawn in by the colorful illustrations eagerly pointing out the dog who stops by the little house following the sent of good food and the guitar played by one of the teenage cousins. About five minutes after setting Too Many Visitors For One Little House on top of the bookshelf after our first read my son came running out of his bedroom waving the book in his hand and asking me to read it again.

It's a wonderful, warm, family story and my son absolutely loves it, there is nothing more to say.

About The Author:
Susan Chodakiewitz is a writer, composer and producer. She is the founder of Booksicals Children’s Books- Encouraging the love of reading through the arts. She lives in Los Angeles in a lively household filled with music, three sons, a husband, a Dalmatian and lots of visitors. Susan loves picture books and she wrote a musical based on one of her favorites. She realized it was time to start writing her own picture books. Too Many Visitors for One Little House is Susan’s debut book. If you happen to see Susan sitting in the children’s section of the library reading picture books with a big smile on her face, do say hello.

With a sense of humor and identification to the characters,Veronica Walsh created the illustrations for Too Many Visitors for One Little House. Veronica studied art and design at California State University, Long Beach, and worked as a graphic designer for many years. She lives in Southern California with her husband and three cats.

The Particulars:
Paperback: 40 pages
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (February 11, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1419654705
ISBN-13: 978-1419654701

More information on this book and other projects by this meet visit Booksicals.

2 your two cents:

Thank you for the nice review, Rayna! If anyone wants to pick up a copy of Susan's book, visit Amazon, please.

I recently read this book also. I thought it was quite cute. And I love the Booksicals idea.

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