Everybody in the Red Brick Building

by Anne Wynter (Author) Oge Mora (Illustrator)

Everybody in the Red Brick Building
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

A fresh, urban take on bedtime stories in the spirit of The House That Jack Built and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, from debut author Anne Wynter and Caldecott Honoree Oge Mora.

Everybody in the red brick building was asleep. Until . . .WaaaAAH!  Rraak! Wake up!  Pitter patter STOMP!  Pssheew!  A chain reaction of noises wakes up several children (and a cat) living in an apartment building. But it's late in the night, so despite the disturbances, one by one, the building's inhabitants return to their beds--this time with a new set of sounds to lull them to sleep.

Publisher's Weekly

Starred Review

Lush collages in jewel tones by Caldecott Honoree Mora illuminate the story of a restless night in a city apartment building whose inhabitants represent many ethnicities, skin tones, and family structures. Everyone’s asleep when Baby Izzie wakes up and cries-the child’s "WaaaAAH!" is shown in a big speech balloon, and a magenta splash testifies to its volume. It wakes Rayhan, a neighbor who checks on his parrot. The bird’s "RraaK! WAKE UP!" rouses three kids in sleeping bags, whose game of flashlight tag disturbs another neighbor-and so it goes, the mishaps and their soundtrack piling up like "The House that Jack Built." When the climactic racket is finally stilled, Mora shows the apartment dwellers settling down again, now lulled by the build of softer noises: the "shhhh shhhh" of the street sweeper, the "plonk plonk" of falling acorns, and more. Simple shapes and comforting interior scenes signal security, while brilliant colors-the red brick building’s fuchsia doorway, the dimensional dark blue of the night sky-convey warmth. In this lulling story by debut author Wynter, readers watch a group of people confront the same common communal experience-and overcome it. Ages 4-8.

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Starred Review

Certain to become a favorite bedtime book. (Picture book. 4-8).

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Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Publication date
October 20, 2021
BISAC categories
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
JUV023000 - Juvenile Fiction | Lifestyles | City & Town Life
JUV009110 - Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Sounds
Library of Congress categories
Apartment houses

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