The Hello, Goodbye Window

The child’s world is one of self discovery and self involvement.  The world starts and stops with a thought or a whim, at least in the childish thought process.  In no story is this better exemplified than in the award winning “The Hello, Goodbye Window” by writer / illustrator combination Norton Juster and Chris Raschka.  Each already recognized in their own right for other childrens books, the combination seems unstoppable.  Not only does Juster have an uncanny grasp on the child like first person speech of the book’s lead character (a little girl), Raschka’s illustrations are downright awe inspiring.

When she looks out the hello, goodbye window – a window in the kitchen of her Nanna and Poppy’s house – the little girl realizes that it is where everything happens, that is except when she isn’t around.  “When I get tired I come in and take my nap and nothing happens until I get up” the girl tells eager readers in a matter of fact way that makes adults even almost believe it to be true.  A striped cat outdoors is, in her eyes, a tiger and she can feel happy and sad at the same time because that’s just how it happens sometimes.

From a reviewer’s standpoint the real star of “The Hello, Goodbye Window” is the illustrative genius of picture books veteran Chris Raschka who uses a highly saturated palette of bright colors to depict the multi racial family in a story that is sure to be a family favorite in your home for years to come.

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