Robert Munsch

Playhouse

By Robert Munsch
Illustrations by Michael Martchenko

Ages 3 - 7
32 Pages
Scholastic Canada Ltd.
ISBN 9780439989596 Paperback
ISBN 9780545999298 Book and CD package
Also available in French: Une maison pour rire

When Rene's father builds her a wonderful playhouse, Rene is happy for a whole week. Then she needs a play barn, and a play cow, which her mom and dad happily create for her. But when she demands a play mom and a play dad, she discovers that her real family is best.

Robert Munsch wrote this story for a girl named Rene, who sent him a letter about her playhouse.

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About the story

In 1996, Robert Munsch got a letter from a girl named Rene from Endeavour, Saskatchewan. It had a neat drawing of a playhouse on it. Munsch liked the drawing and he made up a little playhouse story and sent it to Rene. In the story she asked for strange things like a playbarn and a playtractor. Rene liked the story and sent him back a photo of her real playhouse. It was an amazing playhouse, with two storeys and a balcony and a slide!

In 1999, he decided to visit Rene's playhouse. Rene's farm had tractors and cultivators and tree snippers and tree snappergrabbers and lots of other stuff. And Rene's bedroom had fish painted on the walls. Munsch decided that he was going to make the playhouse story into a book. He took lots of pictures to give to Michael Martchenko, so all the stuff in the book is real except for the one pterodactyl that Michael hid in a flock of Canada geese. Munsch had not taken pictures of any pterodactyls.

ART ALERT! Munsch took lots of pictures to give to Michael Martchenko, so all of the stuff in the book is real except for the one pterodactyl that Michael hid in a flock of Canada geese. Munsch had not taken pictures of any pterodactyls.

Image credits

Image credits:

From Swamp Water. Text copyright © 2013 by Bob Munsch Enterprises Ltd. Illustrations © 2013 by Michael Martchenko. All rights reserved.

From Too Much Stuff! Text copyright © 2010 by Bob Munsch Enterprises Ltd. Illustrations copyright © 2010 by Michael Martchenko. All rights reserved.