More than 30 years after the publication of their now timeless The Napping House, the husband-and-wife team of Audrey and also Don Wood supply a companion cumulative photo book that will vie for top spot at story hrs and bedtime alike.

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Wbelow the original story opened up on a rainy day and also took youngsters inside "a napping residence,/ where everyone is sleeping," this new episode functions a clear night skies and also "a full-moon residence,/ where everyone is restmuch less." Paleas, teachers and youngsters will certainly thrill to the reprise of the House-that-Jack-Built structure and pore over the methods in which it mirrors the personalities and occasions in the original book.

In the first full view of the full-moon house, bathed in moonlight, Granny stands at her bedroom window with the cat alongside her. The next full-bleed spcheck out provides a close-up of the internal of Granny"s bedroom, via Granny and the cat at the home window as checked out from behind, as the moon begins to rise. The dog, under the bed, cocks one eye and observes the boy retrieving a ball from under a chair. The computer mouse hides at the height of a mirror over a wash basin bowl and also pitcher collection. The child tosses the sphere, the dog scratches, the mouse climbs dvery own the pitcher manage, the cat fixates on something on the home window, and Granny, in bed, looks sleep-deprived. "ith that granny/ tbelow is a kid,/ a fidgety child/ through a sleepmuch less granny/ in a wide-awake bed/ in a full-moon residence,/ where everyone is restmuch less."

As Audrey Wood adds a brand-new character to her cumulative message via each spcheck out, Don Wood boosts the luminous top quality of the paints as the moon ascends and also casts ever before more light on Granny"s bed, the boy"s chair, the windowsill and also whatever in the room. The perspective additionally starts to transition, ever so slightly. He tilts the bed and also chair just a small little bit more towards readers as "a playful dog" and "prowling cat" enter the rhyme. Soon the boy sets the mirror off-kilter, the computer mouse lifts the pitcher, a sock winds up on the floor, the dog goes after the round, and poor Granny covers her ears, eyes wide in panic.

At the minute that "a worried mouse" enters the rhyme, Granny moves her head to wright here her feet had actually been. Mayhem breaks loose. The cat leaps in search of the mouse, the computer mouse leaps to the windowsill, and the dog chases the ball that the boy exoften tends to the canine. Then, suddenly, an agent of adjust arrives on the windowsill: "a chirping cricket/ sings his song/ to the worried mouse/ and the prowling cat/ and the playful dog/ and also the fidgety child/ and the sleepmuch less granny/ in a wide-awake bed/ in a full-moon residence,/ wright here everyone is restless." Don Wood brings a stillness to the illustration; readers will feel as if they have the right to hear the cricket"s song as Granny, the boy and also dog listen together on the bed, the cat inclines its head to hear, and the mouse paoffers just inches from the cricket on the windowsill.

"A full-moon song/ that soothes the mouse" accarriers an illustration that currently features a almost complete aerial check out of the room, as Granny and grandboy make the bed together, and also the cat washes up in the wash bowl. Now the human being and also creatures begin to quiet dvery own. The mouse "calms the cat" that "gentles the dog" (by licking the pooch)--it"s as if the moonlight has actually actors a spell. The dog "snuggles the boy" as Granny opens a book. As each being begins to settle dvery own, Don Wood starts to appropriate the furniture, as well, so that, structure by structure, the room gradually reaches equilibrium. The boy snuggles in alongside Granny "in the dreamy bed" and they read together "in the full-moon residence,/ where no one currently is restmuch less." The parting check out retransforms to the window of Granny"s bedroom, where a golden light spills out onto the lawn of the full-moon night.

Children will beg to go back to the Napping Housage under the full moon over and also over, where brand-new explorations await them via repeated readings. They"ll note that the cricket starts its method from the minute Granny stands at her window; the cat is the initially to spot it. The boy at one point stashes his round in a perfectly carved groove of Granny"s headboard (and also exactly how does it end up beside the cat napping on the windowsill at story"s end?). The boy"s stray sock provides a comfy bed for the mouse. And the cricket, its job finish, flies off by the light of the moon in the penultimate spread.

Those who learned to read with the Napping Housage will applaud this triumphant second act via a nocturnal backdrop, and kids brand-new to this loving family acquire to double their pleasure. Bravo for this encore from Audrey and Don Wood! --Jennifer M. Brown



photo: Craig Joujon-Roche

Audrey Wood and also Don Wood, married couple and constant partners, created the household and also classroom classical The Napping House in 1984. The humorous cumulative message and detailed imeras have helped a generation of kids feel effective as readers, many of them for the first time. After even more than three decades, the Woods have actually returned to the cozy abode for a nighttime adundertaking, The Full Moon at the Napping House. In their initially intersee in 15 years, from their home in Hawaii, they disputed what triggered them to revisit Granny and her grandchild in the Napping Housage.

Why did you decide to go back to the Napping Housage after all this time?

Audrey Wood: It has actually been a process. The Napping House, when it was initially published, had a low print run, and also it simply took off. Schools love to usage it for patterning. It"s a step-and-repeat story. They"d let kids--as much as 6th grade even--read the book; they"d study it and also they"d be motivated to develop their very own.

Over the years, we received stories youngsters had actually written--their very own versions around the Napping Housage. Reading the kids" stories, I"d gain excited and think, I"ll write another . I would sit dvery own, and go on an intense journey to attempt and find another Napping House. Nothing I came up via could enhance the original. I felt it stood on its own, and tbelow was no reason to compose another. I provided up, really.

What was the motivation for the original Napping House?

AW: I created The Napping House once we lived in our home in Santa Barbara, when our boy was three, and I"d put him dvery own for a nap, and also he was restmuch less. Luckily my mommy lived a couple of blocks ameans. I"d say, "Let"s go to the napping home." We"d walk over tbelow, and also she had a large cozy bed, and also a big cozy dog, and also they"d be cozying up together analysis a book. That"s wright here the original idea came from.

Move forward in time, 20-some years, to our son moving to Hawaii and also us falling in love with Hawaii. We relocated right here and also we lived off the grid, appropriate off the sea, having actually an adundertaking in the middle of nowright here.

What happened while we were living in Hawaii is the moon and the stars. When you live wright here there"s no light, they come to be your friends. We became incredibly connected to the moon and extremely conscious of it. Often during complete moons I couldn"t sleep; it was so bbest external. I"d take Neesha, our dog, for a walk. I discovered that I was not the just one who was really excited on a complete moon night. We had two pet goats running about, chickens pecking and also acting like it"s daytime. We likewise had actually these wild geese, honking and flying around fussing at each various other. I started to wonder, what would it be choose if tright here were a full moon and everyone were restmuch less. In the first book, everyone is sleepy and taking a nap. What if, choose me, everyone in the napping home was being retained awake by the moon?

So for The Full Moon at the Napping House you had to come up through a creature that did for sleeping what the flea in Napping House does for waking.

AW: Yes. My challenge was that in the first book, it"s daytime, and also the personalities stack up on each various other and go to sleep, and then wake up. I required a character that would certainly perform the opposite of that, that had the power to put all the characters to sleep--a night character, not a day character.

I went through so many type of animal books, animal kingdoms and also queendoms and couldn"t uncover a creature that would certainly work. The words were coming, but I essential it to occupational in its entirety. Lucky for me, I couldn"t obtain to sleep aobtain on a complete moon night, and was just taking Neesha out when I heard this sound, and I knew immediately what it was, it was a cricket. I kbrand-new then and also tbelow that was my character.

When I was prospering up as a kid on a complete moon night and couldn"t gain to sleep, my mother would certainly say, simply listen to the cricket chirping and also make a wish on it, and it will certainly come true. These 2 books came out of those 2 residences that Don and also I have actually common throughout our artistic life.

Don, there"s such a continuity in the art style in between the 2 books. Has your process readjusted over these previous 3 decades? Was it complex to acquire earlier right into that mindset?

DW: I started with oil and also, in the tropics, the oils behave actually in different ways. They dry differently. I uncovered open acrylics, which gave me the versatility to blend on the web page. I did adjust the media. That was very unusual to go earlier and to check out this young Don Wood artist. He was pretty excellent. I"m 30 years on, I"m older, looser and even more confident. I enabled the paint to execute a small more of the work-related this time. It"s unavoidable that it"s a slightly different book.


Don and also Audrey Wood in front of the original Napping House in Santa Barbara, Calif.Photo: Craig Joujon-Roche

Can you take us back to your first conception of the Napping House?

AW: I do not choose devices. I"ve never before taken a course in creating, but I"ve taught them. I review you"re supposed to make records with story principles, plot, characters. I felt so constrained that I developed an Idea Box. Eextremely morning once I wake up, I tell myself I desire to be idea-hungry. The tiniest thing can result in a story: my life experiences, something someone states, a doodle I"m doing on the phone. That"s how Napping House started. I created a tiny note that said "Napping House" in my idea box. I additionally had actually a note around what a difficult point it would certainly be to create a story favor "The Housage that Jack Built" and also threw it in my principle box, together with sketches and posts, whatever before interests me.

Certain times of the day, I"ll desire to compose, and I take my Idea Box out and start going via these bit notes. The synapses are firing, and it frees me up to usage more of my imagination. I assumed wow, the Napping House, they"re in bed, via a dog--just how around even more animals, just how around a cat? How around a mouse?

And did you have an image in mind of how they"d all wind up in the bed?

AW: Originally I created the story and also it operated exceptionally well that all the personalities are in the bed. They were in the bed together however not stacked on peak of each various other. Don puts on an editor hat for me, and I put on an art director had actually for him. He"ll say, "I love this story, but for me as an artist, it would be even more interesting to put them on peak of each other." So ago to the writing I go to check out exactly how I could incorpoprice that.

We love that readers check out just the outside of the residence and the well-kept grounds, and also then Granny"s bedroom. Did you take into consideration consisting of various other rooms in the house?

AW: It"s prefer composing a haiku. It hregarding be so succinct, so clipped, so multi-layered. If it had actually veered off into various other rooms, it would have been a different story.

Full Moon took so many type of different philosophies. I thought about using a girl rather of a boy. I had 15 various versions, and it took four or five months. Don claims it was more favor six months. Too scary for it not to be perfect--I need to be so absolutely certain. I can take six months to create something that seems extremely basic. He took a year and a quarter to show The Full Moon at the Napping House.

DW: The nighttime establishing was a difficulty, and figuring it out was a bear. Audrey wrote a book called Moonflute, and also I depicted it. It took place exterior. The Full Moon at the Napping House is collection inside through no illumination; at the end of Full Moon the light is on and also every little thing inside is cozy. I love when the light shines out and creates a rectangle on the lawn. We wanted to display more of the neighborhood; I put the camera earlier a bit.

Don, deserve to you define your process? Do you work from sketches first, before you use acrylics? There"s such a translucent top quality to them, which functions incredibly well as moonlight scenes.

DW: I begin through sketches and make three or four dummies, to feel the turning of the pperiods. I then execute last pencils, moved onto the stretched stretcher via the canvas that I paint on. The open up acrylics dry 3 times faster--it calls for the meticulous blending of colors for Granny"s blanket.

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AW: We occupational together on the pagination and also wbelow the words are going to go, I make suggestions, and also he does the exact same point for me. I ask, "How deserve to I make this more dynamic?"

DW: It"s choose having actually a really good art director living through you. I"ve had some great art directors, however none come close to Audrey. You occasionally are so close to a work-related that you can not watch it.