Written by Philip C. Stead; Illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Interest level: K-3
Reading level: 3.4
5 out of 5 stars
This beautiful picture book highlights how scary and lonely it can feel to move to a new house. Peter, his dad, and his loyal dog, Harold, move to a new house in the woods and across a bridge. The woods are scary and house things that they can’t see, so Peter and Harold create two sentries out of pillows and leaves to guard them from the dark woods. Lenny and Lucy do the job very well, and soon the woods don’t seem so scary and are full of things they can see and enjoy.
The illustrations are perfect for the story. They evoke a sense of nostalgia, and I love the contrast of the large flower wallpaper and the straight tree trunks as Peter and Harold look at the window. This story of friendship, comfort and the difficulties of moving are perfect for kids in grades K-3.