The House that came to Life

Widmark, Martin
Dziubak, Emilia
Swedish title
Huset som vaknade
Children \ Picture Books
Pub Date
Jan 30, 2017
195x260 mm, 40 pages, color

Bestselling author Martin Widmark has with LasseMaja and Nelly Rapp consolidated his position as one of Sweden’s favorite children’s author.

With The House that Came to Life he delivers once again an enchanting and spellbinding text for younger children and pairs up with the Polish illustrator Emilia Dziubak.

One evening, as old Larson has gone through all the rooms in his house to switch off the lights and along the way has reflected on his wife and children’s life, there is a sudden knock on the door. Who can it be?

Old Larson opens the door to find a little boy holding a strangelooking pot. Can it really be that old Larson is supposed to take care of the pot and its newly planted seed, while the boy is going to be on holiday? Really? He certainly doesn’t have time for that.

The House that came to life is a picture book where the best of Swedish and Polish tale telling and artwork come together.

Emilia Dziubak is a new star in the heavens of Polish picture book illustrators. She qualified from The Academy of Fine Arts in Poznari in 2010. Little Stick in Happyland was Emilia and Martin Widmark's first book together.

"A low-key and charming tale about sorrow, loneliness and how a seed with new life can bring about change."

Dagens Nyheter, Emma Holm

"A book that makes you feel happy."

Katrineholms-Kuriren, Carina Wising

"This is a beautifully captured story with a starting point for discussion about loneliness, old age and the joys of living."

BTJ-häftet, Boel Peterson