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The Tilting House 02/26/11

 cover art (Link goes to Powells)My goal this year is to read books from my wishlist. That list consists of books I have come across either as citations in my research or as recommendations on blogs or from friends. That said, I'm still a sucker for a pretty cover and I'm especially vulnerable to the new books on display at my library. The Tilting House by Tom Llewllyn falls into that category.

The Peshik family has moved into a Victorian style home in Old Tacoma, Washington. The house though has a few problems, like floors that tilt, a disappearing porch, and talking rats.

The episodic chapters in The Tilting House will please fans of books like The Wayside School by Louis Sachar or Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. The house and all its oddities is a catalyst for different adventures that the Peshik family and their friends have.

While there is some progression in character development and in plot, neither is as well defined as it is some children's literature. The episodic nature though leaves a number of questions unanswered. That open-ended aspect to the book leaves room for a sequel or two. I hope that's the case because there's so much left to explore inside the Titling House.

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