Join one boy's quest to build the ultimate tree house in this imaginative picture book about the good things we might be missing in our never-ending pursuit of "better."

Domino’s backyard isn't enough for him, so he builds a tree house. When the tree house isn't quite enough, he builds a tree cottage, then a tree mansion, and on and on, pursuing something "more"—something that he can't put his finger on and can't quite reach. In a series of escalating feats of tree-house engineering, Domino builds and builds, until he finds himself alone on the moon, still not satisfied.

Gorgeous illustrations of a gravity-defying tree house will capture little ones' imaginations, while the satisfying conclusion will remind young readers that wanting more might cause us to miss the sweetness of what we already possess.

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A boy’s lofty plans lift him higher than he ever thought possible.

Domino, a youngster with light skin and a shock of brown hair, lies in the grass. He sees the tree and its leaves, but he wants more. So he builds a treehouse but still feels unsatisfied. So he builds a “cozy tree cottage” (connected to the treehouse via a staircase). It’s still not enough. So Domino builds even more additions: a “magnificent tree mansion,” a “majestic tree castle,” and at the very top, a “tree skyscraper.” The skyscraper happens to have a garden rooftop with a tree. Which, of course, needs a treehouse. Thus starts a madcap construction pattern that Domino repeats, lifting him higher and higher into the atmosphere. Will this teetering, gravity-defying tower ever be enough? After reaching the cold, lonely moon, Domino returns home with an enlightened consciousness, grateful for the grass and tree that started it all. Though this tale takes on a complex theme—the fine line between ambition and greed—the warm jewel tones and outlandishness of the premise (building houses upon houses) make it appealing and understandable to a young audience. It’s also likely to have kids discussing the protagonist’s choices and what it means to appreciate what we have. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

A strong conversation starter that will stay with children long after the book is closed. (Picture book. 4-8)

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