The fog in Foggytown was so thick that people bumped into parking meters . . . and streetlamps . . . and each other!
So Joey and Chloe's parents decide it's time to move. But Joey and Chloe love their house. And as it turns out, their house loves them . . . and has a very special and utterly fantastic way of taking matters into its own hands.
Comic- and picture-book star Mark Siegel has spun a delightful and compelling fantasy for young picture book readers, illustrated in a unique style that combines elements of traditional picture book, comic, and animation art.
Foggytown rendered evocatively in misty gray panels used to be nice, "before the factory"; now no one can see the stars anymore. Chloe and Joey's father and mother plan to move away, but the children, who love their house, with its warm spot in the kitchen and its "long vrooming hallway," wish the house could go with them. In the middle of the night, the house drawn with spindly arms and legs and a concerned expression "wiggled and jiggled, and everything went whoa this way and whoa that way." "Hang on tight, little people!" the house says lovingly as it takes them up through the fog to see the stars. In his authorial debut, Siegel's (Boogie Knights) background as an illustrator (and an editor) serve him well; his vignettes and spreads are drafted in clean ink lines, with watercolor washes of blue and red signaling the clean skies above Foggytown. He's crafted a strong story, too, one in which the environmental theme figures largely, but doesn't overpower its greatest draw the victory of Chloe and Joey's dreams over their parents' "sensible" plans. Ages 3 6.