Windows by Julia Denos with illustrations done by E. B. Goodale takes place at twilight in an urban setting. The main character takes his dog for a walk and notices things within the windows as their lights turn on. Observations are made about the activities within the neighborhood windows along with predictions. Words are carefully chosen to create comparisons for the reader to ponder. As I read the text, I found myself noticing and observing windows not mentioned in the text and wondering about the contents or people inside. I think this would be a great book to encourage noticing and wondering.
The illustrations are delightful. E. B. Goodale used ink, watercolor, letterpress, and digital collage and I just want to know more about the digital collage. The combination of these mediums adds texture and depth to each page. The curtains look like gauze with the detailed thin lines. The screen door looks realistic with depth to see the building on the other side of the street.
The ending of the story is endearing. One that will touch the heart of teachers who teach reading. A story that celebrates home and the safety of your surrounding which provides comfort.
A huge shoutout to Candlewick Press for sending along this Advanced Reader Copy.