The Door That Had Never Been Opened Before

By Mrs. & Mr. MacLeod (Author)


Format Hardcover Picture Book



The Door That Had Never Been Opened Before

by Mrs. & Mr. MacLeod
Mrs. & Mr. MacLeod, authors of How to Eat a Book, present a whimsical, thought-provoking picture book about coming face-to-face with the unknown. Beautifully illustrated and lyrically written, The Door That Had Never Been Opened Before has strong read-aloud appeal for families, libraries, booksellers, and educators.  
The Grunions’ house has many doors. But there is one door that has never been opened before. At least, not yet. The door that had never been opened before was built closed shut, locked tight, and never opened for a reason. A reason that nobody knew. 
Sheila Grunion tried every key in the house, in every lock in the door, but the door did not open. Sheila’s cousin Gerald knew nothing about the door—except that it must never be opened. And Geraldine, well, Geraldine would not stop until the door that had never been opened before . . . opened.  
The Door That Had Never Been Opened Before is a quirky, modern look at a timeless question—with hints of Shel Silverstein and a smattering of Edward Gorey. Fantastically illustrated with dipped pen-and-ink cutout art, photographed in a three-dimensional stage diorama and hand-colored, this children’s picture book is a hit from the talented Mrs. & Mr. MacLeod.  
Hardcover picture book; 48 pages; 8.5 x 10.9 in. 
Praise for The Door That Had Never Been Opened Before

“Composed in heavy unfilled lines on paper cutouts floating in low-relief layers with shadows left visible, the pictures brim with life and give convincing depth to the house’s high-ceilinged rooms and narrow halls. The rhythmic, occasionally rhymed narrative’s free-wheeling typography adds verbal drama to the visual ruckus, to boot. A lock for enthusiastic responses and demands for repeat performances.” Kirkus Reviews

Praise for How to Eat a Book

“A refreshing book in text and art, with a title that grabs attention, a plot that delivers, and an ending that resonates. No child could possibly resist.” —School Library Journal, starred review

"Takes 'battle of the books' to a whole new level." —Kirkus Reviews

“Mrs. & Mr. MacLeod channel their brilliance into a wholly unique, exhilarating package that will leave you in awe.”B&N Reads

“With fun illustrations created to look three-dimensional, your child will laugh and squeal with delight while moving quickly through this book.” —Daily Mom

 A Kids' Indie Next List picture book
 A B&N Most Anticipated Read pick

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Mrs. & Mr. MacLeod are an award-winning, critically acclaimed author and illustrator team living with their five children in California. Their debut picture book, How to Eat a Book, won the Barnes & Noble Picture Book of the Year Award in 2023.

Pub Date: 2/6/2024

ISBN: 9781454945451

Price: $18.99 / $24.99 CAN

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Pages: 48 pages, all in color

Trim: 8.5 x 10.8 x 0 Inches

Territories: World

Category: Picture Books

Age Range: 3 to 8

Publisher: Union Square Kids

Carton Quantity: 34

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