Everybody in the Red Brick Building (Hardcover)

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By Anne Wynter, Oge Mora (Illustrator)
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“An enchanting debut by author Anne Wynter with vivid illustrations by the incomparable Oge Mora, Everybody in the Red Brick Building is fabulous! A joy to read for the whole family.”
— Kathy Neff, Square Books, Oxford, MS


A fresh, urban take on bedtime stories in the spirit of The House That Jack Built and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, from debut author Anne Wynter and Caldecott Honoree Oge Mora.

Everybody in the red brick building was asleep. Until . . .


Rraak! Wake up!

Pitter patter STOMP!


A chain reaction of noises wakes up several children (and a cat) living in an apartment building. But it’s late in the night, so despite the disturbances, one by one, the building’s inhabitants return to their beds—this time with a new set of sounds to lull them to sleep.

About the Author

Anne Wynter is the Ezra Jack Keats Award–winning author of the picture books Nell Plants a Tree, Everybody in the Red Brick Building, and Patrick and the Not So Perfect Party as well as the board books Hands On!, One Big Day, Just Like You, and No More Sleeping In. Originally from Houston, Texas, she currently lives in Austin, Texas, with her family. 

Oge Mora graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration. Her debut picture book, Thank You, Omu!, was a Caldecott Honor Book, a New York Times Notable Book and Editors’ Choice, and a Junior Library Guild selection. She is also the author-illustrator of Saturday as well as the illustrator of The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read. Oge lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and invites you to visit her website at ogemora.com.

Praise For…

"The onomatopoeia in this cumulative tale is appropriate for the actions described and is so much fun to read . . . Certain to become a favorite bedtime book." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Sounds rise to a crescendo and then descend into quiet in this rollicking roller coaster of a book. . . . A sound-evocative tour de force." — Booklist (starred review)

"Mora's dynamic, richly colored collage art reinforces the warm, cozy scenes and adds depth, ¬≠texture, and vitality to the pages. The subtle diversity, urban setting, and universality of theme make this an excellent addition to bedtime bookshelves everywhere." — Horn Book (starred review)

"Mora's art is the ideal match for Wynter's engaging text . . . This gentle sonic adventure is just right for sending children off to sleep." — BookPage (starred review)

"Lush collages in jewel tones by Caldecott Honoree Mora illuminate the story of a restless night in a city apartment building whose inhabitants represent many ethnicities, skin tones, and family structures . . . In this lulling story by debut author Wynter, readers watch a group of people confront the same common communal experience—and overcome it." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062865762
ISBN-10: 0062865765
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: October 19th, 2021
Pages: 32
Language: English