The House That Zac Built by Alison Murray

The House That Zac Built
The House That Zac Built: Alison Murray (Orchard Books, 2014) Author: Alison Murray
Illustrator: Alison Murray
Publisher: Orchard Books
Year: 2014
Plot
A modern re-imagining of the traditional rhyme This is the House that Jack Built, with a boy playing building blocks in a farm setting.
Chaos Opinion
We adore Alison Murray’s books, and this is another gorgeous addition to any bookshelf. With the same characters as Hickory Dickory Dog to lend familiarity, The House That Zac Built loosely follows the style of The House That Jack Built but with less repetition and a more accessible story. There’s humour, mess, and tidying up, with gorgeous artwork and a very readable rhyme. Much enjoyed.

The House That Zac Built: Alison Murray (Orchard Books, 2014)

Chaos Rating
(+) Text leads you to want to turn pages. Rhyme follows familiar pacing. Repetition in text. Familiar characters from series but book stands alone. Emotive illustrations.
(-) Technically low diversity but very few characters.
Themes
Nursery Rhymes; Farms; Farm Animals; Childhood
Related Reads
Hickory Dickory Dog – Alison Murray (Orchard Books, 2014)
Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes (Various editions)
Harry the Dirty Dog – Gene Zion & Margaret Bloy Graham (Red Fox, original pub. 1956)
What the Ladybird Heard – Juila Donaldson & Lydia Monks (Macmillan Children’s Books, 2009)
Disclosure
Received for review from Hachette Children’s Books.

One response to “The House That Zac Built by Alison Murray

  1. This sounds soo good. Adding it to our wishlist!
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