A House That Once Was

Julie Fogliano

Illustrated by Lane Smith

Ages 4 to 7
03 May 2018
48 pages


Illustrated by the winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017, Lane Smith, and chosen as one the New York Times Best Illustrated Books 2018.

Two children come across an abandoned house deep in the woods and imagine who could have lived there.

Deep in the woods

is a house
just a house
that once was
but now isn't
a home.

A House That Once Was is a beautifully illustrated exploration of time, imagination and the nature of home that is sure to provoke discussion. Lane's artwork is a riot of colour and rich texture that perfectly matches the poetic text written by the New York Times-bestselling author, Julie Fogliano.

This evocative, rhyming story is perfect for reading out loud.

An evocative tale of a long-abandoned house and the mysteries within, brought to life by Lane Smith’s stunning and atmospheric illustrations.
Perfectly seamless; words and art are interwoven in a dance that enchants. Inventive and lovely.
A wizard of wordplay and a maestro of composition combine their considerable talents to explore the notion of home . . . Stirring to the eye and the spirit, this evocative book repays frequent readings.