My House Is Falling Apart is a debut picture book by author Rachel Schade, illustrations by Barbara Laney. It’s a fun, rhyming book from the perspective of a little kid whose house has all kinds of things out of sorts. My kids took to it quickly, despite my initial hesitance. My first, hyper-critical adult impression was that the events of the story don’t match the title – I guess I expected everything to be “falling apart” in a literal sense, but that’s not what happens. Instead, all sorts of odd things are going on, sort of like a Dr. Seuss Wacky Wednesday idea. We learn all the things wrong with the house – from “holes in the floor” to “laughing hyenas in my trees!”
HOWEVER, my kids really enjoyed it–my daughter laughed to me as she brushed her teeth about “those laughing hyenas just being so silly up there in the trees,” so I lightened up and saw the book for what it is: a silly, fun picture book for little kids, with engaging illustrations.
I give this book 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads and 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon, which = “I liked it.” Despite my initial tepid response, it is so much better than so many nonsense picture books out there, and I’d love to have a paperback copy of the book to add to our collection!
**Many thanks to Rachel Schade for providing me a free copy of the book in exchange for this review. It was a pleasure!