Setting aside safeguarding concerns, if you discovered a rickety, abandoned house in the woods, wouldn’t you want to take a closer look? Would you find it hard to resist climbing through “a window that now has no window at all. A window that says climb inside”? In this picture book written by Julie Fogliano, two children give in to their curiosity and explore this “house that once was, but now isn’t, a home.” The lyrical text has fun with word order and asks to be read aloud. Illustrator Lane Smith effectively contrasts the ethereal exploration of the children (they are barely there - almost ghost-like) with the images of the former occupants, conjured up by the children as they gather clues. It’s a testament to the power of the childish imagination that these daydreams leap out in sharp relief and vivid colour.