Home at Last
|Author:||Vera B. Williams|
Lester hasn't really belonged to anyone or anyplace for a long time. So when Daddy Albert and Daddy Rich adopt him, he is excited about his new life. There are a lot of things to like about his new house and his family: He has a brand-new room. And a brand-new bed. And a new bike. And new toys. And hot cocoa. And new cousins, too. And then there is Wincka, his new daddies' big, furry dog. She's the best. But even with all these good things, Lester gets lonely and scared in the middle of the night. What will it take to make Lester feel home at last?
A real portrait of the family emerges and doesn't shy away from difficult aspects. In their watercolor pictures, Williams and Raschka engage this specificity and intimacy further, with cozy, limber shaping that recalls Margot Zemach and big, beautiful hands for the dads, ready to protect and comfort their son. --The Horn Book
Vera B. Williams began her career in children's books by illustrating Hooray for Me!, written by Remy Charlip with Lilian Moore. Her beloved A Chair for My Mother won multiple awards, including a Caldecott Honor, and "More, More, More," Said the Baby also received a Caldecott Honor. Vera B. Williams was the recipient of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award; she was awarded the 2009 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature; and she was the US nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2004. Vera B. Williams died on October 16, 2015, shortly before this book was completed. Chris Raschka is the creator of many distinguished and award-winning books for children. He has received two Caldecott Medals: for The Hello, Goodbye Window, by Norton Juster; and for his own A Ball for Daisy. He also received a Caldecott Honor for Yo! Yes? Five of his titles have been named New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books. Chris Raschka was the US nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2012 and 2016. He lives in New York City with his family.