Hardcover, 40 pages
Expected publication: April 28th 2015 by Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
Author/illustrator Courtney Dicmas introduces us to Burt and Pippi, who are brother and sister. They come from a large family of ten cave swallow birds, which means that it can occasionally get crowded around the nest! With this in mind, Pippi and Burt set out to find a new and larger space for their family, only to find that it's not as easy as they would think...
Dicmas's story is a short and charming one, exploring the importance of spreading one's wings and flying away from home for the first time. Even as Pippi and Burt check out potential locations for their new home and realize that many won't work - e.g. the back of a cheetah; the shell of a turtle - Dicmas nicely shows that with each new location, Pippi and Burt learn a little bit more about themselves in the process.
While the brother and sister eventually come to realize that their current home is the best place for them, there are valuable lessons on journey on cherishing the opportunity to explore, and for those to let them explore.
Both lessons are important for younger readers beginning to develop their independence, and begin spreading their wings for the first tie.
Bottom line: Home Tweet Home is a cheerful, delightful reminder of the importance of growth and expanding one's horizons, but also feeling comfortable coming home. Combined with Dicman's cheerful drawing and short sentences, this is sure to be a hit with the younger crowd.
About the author:
Courtney Dicmas is a Faculty Instructor of Illustration and Graphic Design at Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin. After earning her BA in fine art from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2006, Courtney traveled for five years, where, among her many adventures, she played saxophone in a reggae band in Brazil, taught kids the hokey pokey in South Korea, salted leeches off her ankles in Thailand, and nibbled sheep’s stomach in Iraq. She then spent four years in England, where she received a master’s degree in children’s book illustration at the Cambridge School of Art, before moving back to teach in the U.S. in 2015.