Title: The Ramble Shamble Children
Author: Christina Soontornvat
Illustrator: Lauren Castillo
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books, 2021
Themes: home, family, working together, ramble shamble
Down the mountain, across the creek,
past the last curve in the road,
five children lived together
in a ramble shamble house.
Merra, Locky, Roozle, Finn, and little Jory love their ramble shamble house. It’s a lot of work taking care of the garden, the chickens, and themselves, but they all pitch in to make it easier–even Jory, who looks after the mud puddles. When they come across a picture of a “proper” house in a book, they start wondering if their own home is good enough. So they get to work “propering up” the garden, the chickens, and even the mud puddles. But the results aren’t exactly what they expected, and when their now-proper household’s youngest member goes missing, they realize that their ramble shamble home might be just right for their family, after all.
Why I like this book:
When is book two being published?
No parents in sight, which I love and, fits this story perfectly. It is sweetness all the way through without every getting cloying. These five diverse kids learn how good it feels to work together and recognize while what they have may not be conventional perfection, it is perfect for their style and needs. Castillo’s signature illustration style, which I adore, matches perfectly with Soontornvat’s, both having a classic feel to their creations.
A great family read-aloud.
Draw your perfect family home and garden.
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