Who's Next Door?
by Mayuko Kishira; illus. by Jun Takabatake
32 pages, ages 3 -7
Chicken is thrilled when somebody moves into the house next door. Now he can have a friend!
"Deep in the woods, there are two houses. Chicken lives in the house with the red roof. No one lives in the house with the blue roof."
Until.. one morning Chicken notices that someone is moving into the house with the blue roof. Chicken is happy - now he can have a friend. He waits and looks and peeks and wanders around outside, but no one comes out of the house. So chicken leaves a note on his neighbor's door.
When Owl goes out for the night, he sees the note. It's an invitation to come over.Tomorrow! How exciting - a party.
What I like about this book: Like Pig and small (which I reviewed last week) this is a story about two very different animals who work out a way to be friends - even though one is a night owl and the other rises with the sun.
Beyond the book: Who lives next door to you? Do they leave clues about what they do? Do you ever see them? Are there any neighbors that you haven't met yet? If so, what could you do to get to meet them?
Who are your nighttime neighbors? Go out on a night walk and get to meet the night owls in your neighborhood. They might be cats, or moths, or even a screech owl. My night neighbors include foxes, raccoons, Luna moths, barn owls, and lots of gray tree frogs who fill the night with sound.
Today's review is also part of PPBF (perfect picture book Friday), an event in which bloggers share great picture books at Susanna Leonard Hill's site. She keeps an ever-growing list of Perfect Picture Books. Review copy provided by publisher.