MR. THATCHER’S HOUSE
By: Kristin Wauson
Published: August 15, 2022
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Wauson’s first picture book combines all our favorite nursery rhyme characters into one big story. Mr. Thatcher is building a house, but no matter how much measuring, sanding, and nailing he does, the house isn’t perfect enough. So, he keeps building and the house keeps getting bigger.
Then a knock at the door brings the neighbor whose gingerbread house is being eaten. Then three little pigs who need a sturdy house show up. Next, three bears arrive after an intruder and a woman with a bunch of children show up when they can no longer live in their shoe. Mr. Thatcher can barely get any work done in the house with all the fun and excitement going on in his house.
As he steps outside to work, he peers inside his own window and sees all the joy, laughter, and love being shared. He realizes his house is finally finished and perfect. His house has become a home and is full of all kinds of love.
Mr. Thatcher reminds us that a house is just a house until it is filled with the people we love and those people are who we consider our family. The illustrations are really cute. There is a lot of silliness on the pages as more and more characters come into the house. Kids will love finding a frog leaping through the air or a bag of flour spilling on the floor. As each visitor comes knocking, kids can knock on the floor or wall when they show up at Mr. Thatcher’s door.
Mr. Thatcher sets aside his perfectionism to just enjoy those who are right in front of him. A good lesson for all of us.
Click HERE for a fun maze to go along with the story.
Kristin Wauson is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and a former graphic designer. She came to kidlit after rediscovering picture books via her two sons. She lives in Austin, Texas. Learn more about Kristin at her website, HERE.
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