Night House Bright House by Monica Wellington
Genre: Children’s Book
Pages: 32 Hardcover (?)
Date Published: February 1997
Publisher: Dutton Children’s Books
Here’s a nighttime book for very young children that’s anything but quiet! Ten frisky mice race and chase their feline friend from one room to the next. Each turn of the page shows a dazzling new room singing with color, and the objects everywhere have plenty to say about the cat-and-mouse game going on around them. Full color.
Whenever new selections come from the Books from Birth program I’m unsure what to think. Quite often they are worthy and this is one of those that is absolutely perfecting for my budding reader. When they say “Bright” they are not kidding, as the images in this book are very vivid and bright with plenty to entertain the vision. My 3.5 year old is desperate with desire to learn how to read and the combination of words with images to help decipher the words is perfect for her. The squeals of excitement as she figured one out to finish of the sentence followed by “I’m reading Mama!” is perfect and priceless.
I own a paperback special edition Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library ISBN 9780525426189. It looks like from B&N and Amazon that it may be out of print, but there seems to be used copies out there. I’m very grateful for our copy, it’s definitely worth it.
Monica Wellington was born in London and lived in Europe until she moved to the United States at age seven. As a child she always loved to draw and paint, but it wasn’t until she went to college that she realized she wanted to be an artist for her profession. She went to the University of Michigan’s School of Art to earn her BFA and studied pottery, painting and printmaking. After art school, while traveling and living in a number of different countries, she had various art related jobs, which were all good background and preparation for doing children’s books. She has both written and illustrated the majority of her books. She says, “I usually start a book visually, with an idea of what I want to paint pictures about. The pictures may come first before the words for me. Both the pictures and words go through many revisions, and I am often still working on the final words after I finish the pictures.” She says that doing children’s books is great. “I get to have a job where I spend my days doing totally what I love to do. And it is very gratifying that my work goes out into the world and is shared with other people. I feel incredibly lucky for all this!”
Since 1994 she has taught illustration at the School of Visual Arts. She lives in New York City with her daughter Lydia.