More 보다 30 year after the publication of your now classic The Napping House, the husband-and-wife team that Audrey and Don Wood supply a companion cumulative photo book that will certainly vie for optimal spot at story hours and bedtime alike.

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Where the original story opened up on a merganser day and took youngsters inside "a napping house,/ whereby everyone is sleeping," this brand-new episode attributes a clear night sky and also "a full-moon house,/ whereby everyone is restless." Parents, teachers and children will certainly thrill to the reprise that the House-that-Jack-Built structure and also pore end the means in i beg your pardon it winter the characters and events in the initial book.

In the an initial full check out of the full-moon house, bathed in moonlight, Granny stands at she bedroom window with the cat next to her. The following full-bleed spread offers a close-up of the inner of Granny"s bedroom, v Granny and also the cat at the window as viewed from behind, together the moon starts to rise. The dog, under the bed, cocks one eye and also observes the young retrieving a ball from under a chair. The mouse hides in ~ the top of a mirror over a wash basin bowl and pitcher set. The child tosses the ball, the dog scratches, the computer mouse climbs under the pitcher handle, the cat fixates on other on the window, and also Granny, in bed, looks sleep-deprived. "ith the granny/ there is a child,/ a fidgety child/ through a sleepless granny/ in a wide-awake bed/ in a full-moon house,/ whereby everyone is restless."

As Audrey timber adds a brand-new character to she cumulative message with each spread, Don Wood boosts the luminous top quality of the paints as the moon ascends and also casts ever an ext light top top Granny"s bed, the boy"s chair, the windowsill and also everything in the room. The perspective additionally begins come shift, ever so slightly. He tilts the bed and also chair simply a small bit much more toward readers together "a playful dog" and "prowling cat" go into the rhyme. Soon the young sets the winter off-kilter, the mouse lifts the pitcher, a sock winds increase on the floor, the dog go after the ball, and also poor Granny covers her ears, eyes broad in panic.

At the minute that "a concerned mouse" start the rhyme, Granny moves her head to whereby her feet had been. Mayhem division loose. The cat leaps in search of the mouse, the mouse leaps come the windowsill, and also the dog chases the round that the boy extends come the canine. Then, suddenly, an agent of adjust arrives ~ above the windowsill: "a chirping cricket/ sings his song/ come the concerned mouse/ and also the prowling cat/ and the happy dog/ and the fidgety child/ and the sleepless granny/ in a wide-awake bed/ in a full-moon house,/ whereby everyone is restless." Don wood brings a stillness to the illustration; readers will feel together if they have the right to hear the cricket"s song as Granny, the boy and dog listen together on the bed, the cat inclines the head to hear, and also the computer mouse pauses just inches indigenous the cricket ~ above the windowsill.

"A full-moon song/ the soothes the mouse" accompanies an illustration that now attributes a nearly complete aerial view of the room, together Granny and grandson make the bed together, and the cat washes up in the wash bowl. Now the people and also creatures begin to quiet down. The computer mouse "calms the cat" who "gentles the dog" (by licking the pooch)--it"s together if the moonlight has cast a spell. The dog "snuggles the boy" together Granny opens up a book. As each being starts to resolve down, Don hardwood starts to appropriate the furniture, too, for this reason that, structure by frame, the room progressively reaches equilibrium. The young snuggles in alongside Granny "in the dreamy bed" and they read together "in the full-moon house,/ where no one currently is restless." The parting see returns to the home window of Granny"s bedroom, where a golden light spills out onto the lawn of the full-moon night.

Children will certainly beg to go back to the Napping residence under the complete moon over and also over, where new discoveries await them with recurring readings. They"ll note that the cricket starts its method from the minute Granny stands at her window; the cat is the very first to clues it. The young at one allude stashes his round in a perfectly sculpted groove of Granny"s headboard (and exactly how does it finish up next to the cat napping ~ above the windowsill at story"s end?). The boy"s stray sock provides a comfy bed for the mouse. And the cricket, its task complete, flies off by the irradiate of the moon in the penultimate spread.

Those who learned to review with the Napping home will applaud this triumphant second act with a nocturnal backdrop, and children new to this loving family members get to double their pleasure. Bravo for this encore from Audrey and also Don Wood! --Jennifer M. Brown


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photo: Craig Joujon-Roche

Audrey Wood and Don Wood, married pair and regular collaborators, developed the household and classroom classic The Napping House in 1984. The humorous accumulation text and also detailed images have helped a generation of kids feel effective as readers, countless of them for the first time. After much more than 3 decades, the Woods have actually returned to the warm abode because that a nighttime adventure, The full Moon in ~ the Napping House. In their very first interview in 15 years, from their home in Hawaii, they debated what motivated them come revisit Granny and also her nephew in the Napping House.

Why go you decide to go back to the Napping house after every this time?

Audrey Wood: It has actually been a process. The Napping House, once it was first published, had a low publish run, and it just took off. Colleges love to usage it for patterning. It"s a step-and-repeat story. They"d allow kids--up to sixth grade even--read the book; they"d study it and they"d be motivated to develop their own.

Over the years, we got stories children had written--their own versions around the Napping House. Reading the kids" stories, I"d get excited and also think, I"ll write an additional . I would sit down, and also go top top an extreme journey to try and find an additional Napping House. Nothing I come up with could match the original. I felt that stood on its own, and also there to be no reason to create another. I gave up, really.

What to be the impetus for the original Napping House?

AW: I composed The Napping House as soon as we resided in our house in Santa Barbara, as soon as our son was three, and also I"d placed him under for a nap, and he to be restless. Luckily my mother lived a few blocks away. I"d say, "Let"s go to the napping house." We"d walk over there, and also she had a huge cozy bed, and also a huge cozy dog, and also they"d it is in cozying increase together reading a book. That"s whereby the initial idea come from.

Move forward in time, 20-some years, to our son moving to Hawaii and us fallout’s in love through Hawaii. We relocated here and we lived off the grid, appropriate off the ocean, having actually an adventure in the center of nowhere.

What taken place while us were life in Hawaii is the moon and the stars. As soon as you live where there"s no light, they end up being your friends. We became very connected to the moon and very aware the it. Often during full moons i couldn"t sleep; it was so glowing outside. I"d take Neesha, our dog, for a walk. I found that ns was no the only one who was yes, really excited ~ above a full moon night. We had actually two pet goats running around, chicken pecking and acting like it"s daytime. We additionally had this wild geese, honking and flying around fussing at every other. I started to wonder, what would certainly it be choose if there were a full moon and also everyone were restless. In the very first book, anyone is sleepy and also taking a nap. What if, choose me, anyone in the napping home was being kept awake through the moon?

So because that The full Moon in ~ the Napping House you had actually to come up through a biology that go for sleeping what the flea in Napping House does for waking.

AW: Yes. My an obstacle was that in the an initial book, it"s daytime, and also the characters stack increase on each other and go to sleep, and also then wake up up. I needed a character that would carry out the the contrary of that, that had the power to placed all the personalities to sleep--a night character, no a job character.

I went v so many pet books, animal kingdoms and queendoms and also couldn"t discover a creature that would certainly work. The words to be coming, yet I essential it to occupational as a whole. Lucky for me, i couldn"t obtain to sleep again ~ above a full moon night, and was simply taking Neesha out when I heard this sound, and I knew instantly what it was, it to be a cricket. Ns knew then and there the was my character.

When ns was growing up together a kid on a full moon night and also couldn"t gain to sleep, my mother would say, just listen come the cricket chirping and also make a great on it, and it will certainly come true. These two books came the end of those two residences that Don and I have actually shared throughout our creative life.

Don, there"s together a continually in the art style in between the 2 books. Has your process changed over these past three decades? to be it daunting to get back into that mindset?

DW: I started with oil and, in the tropics, the oil behave differently. They dry differently. I uncovered open acrylics, which offered me the versatility to blend on the page. I did readjust the media. The was really unusual to go earlier and to watch this young Don timber artist. He to be pretty good. I"m 30 years on, I"m older, looser and much more confident. I permitted the paint to execute a little much more of the work-related this time. It"s unpreventable that it"s a slightly various book.

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Don and Audrey hardwood in prior of the original Napping house in Santa Barbara, Calif.Photo: Craig Joujon-Roche

Can you take it us ago to your first conception the the Napping House?

AW: i don"t like systems. I"ve never ever taken a course in writing, but I"ve taught them. I read you"re an alleged to make files with story ideas, plot, characters. I felt for this reason constrained the I created an Idea Box. Every morning as soon as I wake up, i tell myself I desire to be idea-hungry. The tiniest thing deserve to lead to a story: mine life experiences, something who says, a doodle I"m doing on the phone. That"s exactly how Napping home started. I composed a small note that stated "Napping House" in mine idea box. I also had a note about what a an overwhelming thing it would certainly be to compose a story like "The home that Jack Built" and also threw it in my idea box, together with sketches and articles, everything interests me.

Certain time of the day, I"ll desire to write, and also I take it my Idea box out and also start going with these small notes. The synapses room firing, and also it frees me up to use more of mine imagination. I assumed wow, the Napping House, they"re in bed, through a dog--how about much more animals, how about a cat? How about a mouse?

And did girlfriend have picture in mental of how they"d every wind up in the bed?

AW: Originally I composed the story and it worked really well the all the characters are in the bed. They to be in the bed together yet not stacked on optimal of each other. Don puts on an editor cap for me, and also I placed on an art director had actually for him. He"ll say, "I love this story, however for me as an artist, it would be an ext interesting to put them on height of each other." So back to the writing I walk to see how I can incorporate that.

We love that readers see just the exterior of the house and the well-kept grounds, and also then Granny"s bedroom. Did you consider including other rooms in the house?

AW: It"s prefer writing a haiku. It needs to be for this reason succinct, so clipped, for this reason multi-layered. If it had veered off right into other rooms, the would have been a different story.

Full Moon took so many different approaches. Ns thought about using a girl instead of a boy. I had actually 15 various versions, and also it took 4 or 5 months. Don claims it was much more like 6 months. Also scary for it not to be perfect--I have to be therefore absolutely sure. I can take six months to create something the seems an extremely simple. He take it a year and also a 4 minutes 1 to highlight The full Moon at the Napping House.

DW: The nighttime setup was a challenge, and also figuring it out was a bear. Audrey composed a book called Moonflute, and I illustrated it. The took location outside. The complete Moon in ~ the Napping House is set inside through no illumination; in ~ the end of Full Moon the irradiate is on and everything within is cozy. I love when the irradiate shines out and creates a rectangle top top the lawn. We wanted to show an ext of the neighborhood; I placed the camera earlier a bit.

Don, can you describe your process? execute you work from sketches first, prior to you apply acrylics? There"s such a translucent quality to them, i m sorry works an extremely well as moonlight scenes.

DW: I start with sketches and also make 3 or 4 dummies, to feeling the turning of the pages. Ns then do last pencils, moved onto the extended stretcher through the canvas the I repaint on. The open up acrylics dry 3 times faster--it needs the meticulous mix of colors for Granny"s blanket.

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AW: We work together top top the pagination and where the words space going to go, i make suggestions, and he does the exact same thing because that me. Ns ask, "How deserve to I make this an ext dynamic?"

DW: It"s like having actually a really good art director living v you. I"ve had some good art directors, but none come close come Audrey. You periodically are so close come a job-related that you can"t watch it.