In the Half Room
Wow one of the most stunning illustrations I have seen from Carson Ellis. The half room is full of half things. A half chair, a half cat, even half shoes—all just as nice as whole things. When half a knock comes on half a door, who in the world could it be?
Under a half moon, a glimpse of a half woman in a cottage full of half things invites speculation and puzzlement. It kind of reminds me of Margaret Wise Brown’s soothing narratives, Ellis introduces the interior: “Half a window / Half a door / Half a rug on half a floor.” True and near rhymes jostle gently in the lulling text. When “half a knock on half a door” reveals “half a face you’ve seen before,” the half woman—who presents White with freckles and long, carrot-colored hair—is reunited with her other half. After a satisfying “SHOOOOOP” joins the halves together, she revels outside under the moon. Next, the nether end of the pet cat is at the door, sparking two “half cats / in a half-cat fight.
Visually charming and a bit disarming, this invites dialogue between people who care for children and the children themselves.