"Playground dynamics become testy as a willful child attempts to exclude everyone else in this simple, humorous lesson in human relations. . . . Deft and funny." --THE HORN BOOK
George has a house made from a big cardboard box, and he says that no one else at the playground can come in. Not Lindy, because George's house "isn't for girls," nor Freddie, because it "isn't for small people." Sophie can't come in because, George says, "This house isn't for people with glasses." But when George leaves his house for a moment, everyone piles in, and on his return, George gets a taste of his own medicine. Aided by Bob Graham's striking illustrations of an urban playground, Michael Rosen tells the tale of a little boy who makes a big discovery -- that letting everyone into his playhouse is a lot more fun than keeping them out.
Ages 4-7. Taking possession of the house (a large cardboard box with a paper-towel-roll-and-coat-hanger antenna) as the other kids look on, George announces, "This house is all for me!" Every time the others try to enter, he refuses them pointedly, noting that it's not a house for girls, small people, twins, people with glasses, and so on. When George leaves to use the bathroom, though, he returns to find himself excluded. His hurt and anger cause him to rethink his premise and discover that the box is a house for everyone. The simple text and economical line drawings make the events and emotions clear and unequivocal. Bright washes and crayon markings highlight the central action in each illustration, while gray washes tint the other figures. Just right for those friends-and-cooperation units at the beginning of the school year, this picture book has a point to make and its winning combination of style and emotional truth to make the lesson more palatable.