“Come play with me!” encourages a boy as he mysteriously appears outside an abandoned yellow house. The young girl in the story has an opportunity to explore the intriguing old property (while her mother is momentarily distracted) and encounters all kinds of fantastical nature scenes. The house is described as “old, sad, and rather scary” but the scenes she witnesses do not frighten– they will surprise.
This brief picture book explores using your imagination to transport yourself to pretend places. Readers who love Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak will enjoy the parallels presented in The Yellow House.
Reviewed by Ami