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Everything You Need for a Treehouse, by Carter Higgins | Book Review

Denise Mealy | The Children’s Book Review | May 29, 2019

Everything You Need for a TreehouseEverything You Need for a Treehouse

Written by Carter Higgins

Illustrated by Emily Hughes

Age Range: 3 and up

Hardcover: 40 pages

ISBN: 978-1-452142555

Publisher: Chronicle Kids

What to expect: Imagination, Dreams, Wishes, Pretend, Friendship

A gorgeously illustrated, imaginative tale, EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR A TREEHOUSE is a pure delight.

With poetic, spare prose that reaches in to the very heart of children and says, I see the world the way I wish it to be, author Carter Higgins and illustrator Emily Hughes have done something magical here in this book. From lonely treehouses in the country to close-in treehouses packed between timbers, all are special and full of adventure. What makes them different also unites them. All of the children are creating their worlds as they wish them to be. Build a ladder, build a bookshelf. Build a place for cozy sleeping bags and late-night whisperings. Higgins’ brave turns of phrase will ensnare little reader’s (and their parents!):

…maybe it’s one soldier,
in an army of trees
…a grove of generals
your refuge in the flora

With Higgin’s delicate words are the dreamy, impossible illustrations of Hughes. Each scene is a wonder of hidden details and sweeping, emotional images that make treehouses (and their tiny, child-size hearts) come alive. By the end we realize that treehouses are not a physical thing meant only for those who have access to trees and land and sweeping vista views. Treehouses are a state of mind, a place for friendship to grow, and a place to belong. In the last pages of the book, we see several of the same children in their apartment complex, creating a world all their own with what they have on hand. With a diverse cast of characters and a purely positive message about life and imagination, this is a fantastic book for classrooms or libraries, or snuggling up with on the couch.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR A TREEHOUSE is a triumph, sure to become one of your child’s favorite books. Highly recommended.

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About the Author

Carter Higgins has worked as both a motion graphics designer and a librarian. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

About the Illustrator

Emily Hughes is an internationally recognized author and illustrator who was born in Hawaii and now lives and works in the United Kingdom.


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