Carson Ellis, Casa, Emme 2015


A delightful picture book for children featuring the different types of houses - real and imagined - found in different parts of the world, inhabited by different kinds of people.

Apartments and houseboats, the home/studio of the author, dwellings derived from the most unlikely objects like a cup or a shoe, homes dug from the ground and floating in space, the habitations of the French and of a Russian babushka… The illustrations, in gouache and ink, are a roundup of stories, characters and vignettes that become a pretext to invite children to see and describe themselves through their own homes. Because the house is a physical place, but above all an identitary and relational space, layered with memories, impressions, aspirations and dreams.