Children's Poet Laureate

A House is a House for Me

Viking, 1978.

Illustrated by Betty Fraser.

In lilting, rhythmic verse, this modern classic describes all kinds of houses - some familiar, some surprising - but at the same time does much more. Filled with hundreds of meticulously drawn everyday objects presented in delightfully unexpected ways, the book itself is a house for the reader's imagination. Winner of a National Book Award, it was the first collaboration between Hoberman and Fraser.

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"A brisk, even headlong rhyme plunges us into a swirling cluster of images… an overwhelming profusion of examples of houses. It is an astonishing book, one of the best of the year."

The New York Times

Children's Books of the Year,

Child Study Association

"Here is a wonderfully rhythmic tale with repetitive lines that kids will be singing along with as the story goes on. The fun of the many hiding, snuggling, pretending places kids dream up is captured in this book." Best Books,

Redbook Magazine

"A highly original exploration."

Publishers Weekly