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Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House

by Libby Gleeson
Illustrated by Freya Blackwood

Published by Little Hare, 2011, c2009
32 pages
ISBN: trade 978𢴗215-41193

Ages 4-7

Clancy抯 family has just moved from a small house to a city apartment, and he抯 filled with anxiety about how different梐nd big梕verything is. The boxes from the move are stacked in the yard behind his building, and he抯 sitting inside the cozy, contained space of one when Millie appears. 揅an I play too? Soon the two are transforming the empty boxes into extraordinary structures as they pretend to be the Three Little Pigs. Libby Gleeson抯 spot-on understanding of a child抯 anxiety is perfectly matched by Freya Blackwood抯 imaginative illustrations, in which the fantastic box structures梬hile impossible in reality梕cho Clancy抯 distorted perception of how big and unwelcoming he felt his new home to be. Clancy抯 new, urban environment gains more and more color in the illustrations as his feelings transform, thanks to the warmth and reassurance of a new friendship.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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