Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino

Too Tall Houses

Good friends learn a small but important lessonOwl and Rabbit are good friends and live in two small houses next to each other. They are perfectly happy . . . until Rabbit's garden gets in the way of Owl's view. So Owl builds his house a little taller. Only that blocks the sun from Rabbit's vegetables. So Rabbit builds his house taller. And soon it's a house-building frenzy and the two now not-so-good friends have the two tallest houses in the wo...

Details Too Tall Houses

TitleToo Tall Houses
Release DateSep 27th, 2012
PublisherViking Books for Young Readers
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Animals, Storytime

Reviews Too Tall Houses

  • Lisa Vegan
    I loved this book. Thank you to Goodreads friend Terri Lynn for alerting me to it. Im not sure Id have found it otherwise, at least not in the near future.The illustrations are special. Theyre beautiful and interesting, and some are very amusing. I love how they take up entire pages, and how the text/story is placed over the pictures. The expressiveness of Rabbit and Owl are priceless.The story is wonderful too, and has a moral about getting alon...
  • Candace
    Rabbit and Owl are friends living in two houses on top of a hill. Rabbit likes to grow vegetables while Owl likes to gaze at the forest. As Rabbit's vegetables grow, they block Owl's view of the forest. Owl decides to build his house taller, which blocks the sun from reaching the vegetables. Rabbit decides to build his house taller and plant vegetables on the roof. Both Owl and Rabbit keep constructing taller houses until they have the tallest ho...
  • Kathryn
    4.5 STARSA delightful and touching story about the pitfalls of one-upmanship and the beauty of true friendship. I love the illustrations and thought the conclusion was sweet and holds a great message without being annoyingly didactic. Thanks to my friend, Lisa, for bringing this to my attention.
  • Alex Baugh
    Too Tall Houses is the story of how the good friendship between Rabbit and Owl is almost completely ruined when it turns into a ridiculous competition. Rabbit and Owl have always lived in harmony: Rabbit liked to garden, Owl liked to look at his lovely view. But when Rabbit's garden grows and grows so that it blocks Owl's view of the forest, instead of talking to Rabbit about it, Owl simply builds a higher house. And when Owl's new higher house b...
  • Josie B.
    Children identify with this tale of how a competition for the tallest house threatens Owl and rabbit's friendship. The conflict escalates until they have the two tallest houses in the world, too tall for either to enjoy. The winds high above the earth destroy both houses leaving just enough supplies for them to build one house that they can share. When I first read this book about a year ago, I gave it four stars, but today in my 4 & 5 year old s...
  • Arminzerella
    Rabbit and Owl are neighbors and both have small houses on top of a hill. Rabbit likes to garden and Owl likes to look out at the forest. When Rabbit's garden gets too tall for Owl to see the trees, he builds an addition. This prompts Rabbit to build an addition as well, and soon they are locked in a mad race to have the tallest house. This ends, as you may expect, in tragedy, and neither house survives. Rabbit and Owl, however, have learned thei...
  • Terri Lynn
    This book is so charming. Rabbit and Owl are neighbors. When Rabbit's veggie garden starts blocking Owl's view of the forest, Owl builds a taller house but that blocks the sun on Rabbit's veggie garden so Rabbit builds a taller house and grows veggies on top of it which blocks Owl's view of the sun and , well, you get the idea. The artwork is warm, friendly, and charming. I loved the pictures a lot. Things start to get silly as the two keep build...
  • Susan
    Owl and Rabbit are good friends until one day when one of them becomes discontent with the neighborhood. Focusing on their own needs with little regard for how each one's actions will affect the other, things quickly get out of control. When their world literally falls out from under them, they realize that sometimes sharing resources can lead to endless possiblities. I was fortunate to snag an F&G of this one while at ALA12 thanks to a recommend...
  • Esutterlin
    I enjoyed the telling and the essence of the story, but despite the fact that it was a fable, somehow it bothered me that the rabbit's house was not underground and the owl's was not in a tree. I am not sure why, but because of that it didn't ring true. I can usually cast all kinds of assumptions aside when reading folktales or modern children's stories like the Berenstain Bears where the Bear family lives in a treehouse but otherwise does all th...
  • Igolder
    A nice enough book, though for a book that was written by a woman, purchased as a birthday gift by a woman and her daughter, and given to a girl, it's a little amazing that compared to the four women involved in getting this book to my daughter, zero of the characters are female. Maybe Gianna could also write a "Girl's Edition" where at least one, maybe even two, of the characters are not male. I already did, with a Sharpie!
  • Rachel B
    This was a really cute, somewhat funny, book that my 4- and 6-year-old nieces enjoyed. It's about two friends (Owl and Rabbit) who learn that working together is better than competing with one another. The illustrations are lovely and detailed.
  • Deb
    This was the favorite of the books I read to Alena today. Fun story with beautiful illustrations, a silly and understandable conflict, and sweet resolution. I am glad I found this author's books. I will definitely read all of them I can find.
  • Kristen
    Sweet, simple, short story about two friends whose pride comes before a (literal) fall.
  • Danielle Mootz
    Cute "frenemy" story with a very sweet ending.
  • Lauren Ditmar
    Grades - K-2Genre - Traditional Literature Unique Feature - The animals constantly battling against one another to then do something you would not think. Love the message.
  • April Dawn
    Book Title: Too Tall HousesShort Description of the Book: In this book, Rabbit and Owl live in two tall houses on the top of a hill. These two characters begin competing with each other to build a taller house, which ends with both houses being destroyed. The characters realize that alone, they arent able to fix their problem. Finally they decide that if they work together, they have enough materials to rebuild one house that they can live in tog...
  • Travis Unterseher
    Brief Review: This book was nominated for the Buckaroo award for the 2016-17 school year by the Wyoming Library Association. I really liked this book the author is using concept fiction in the way that she is portraying some of the realities of friendship to the readers. The book also shows how working together and coming up with solutions is better than everyone having nothing. This book would be good for k-3 grade students. Content Area: Social...
  • Tasha
    Rabbit and Owl live right next door to one another at the top of a hill in separate small houses. Rabbit likes growing vegetables and Owl likes the view of the forest. They were good friends. Until one day, Rabbits vegetables got so tall that they blocked Owls view of the forest. Rabbit refused to cut his vegetables down, so Owl built his house taller. Then Owls house was blocking the sun from reaching Rabbits garden, so Rabbit built a taller hou...
  • Pamela Kramer
    "Too Tall Houses" by Gianna Marino features a rabbit and an owl who coexist and live happily side by side until something happens to inject a bit of competition into their relationship.Rabbit's garden grows so tall that it blocks Owl's view of the forest. Owl builds his house a bit taller but it blocks the sun from shining on Rabbit's vegetables. Rabbit builds his house still taller and plants a garden on top. The water from the rooftop garden fa...
  • Katelyn Pierro
    This will definitely be a book that I share to my students in the near future, if not sooner with my practicum students. This book is a wonderful story that tells of two friends who have to learn an important lesson in order to save their friendship. This book is a reassuring book to me, and I think it would be reassuring to elementary aged students with all that is going on in the world currently. It is a good reminder that sometimes, when you o...
  • Mary
    This is a story of friendship. Rabbit and Owl enjoy being neighbors and cohabitating in their individual lives. However, when one unintentionally steps on the others toes, trouble insues. Owl is mad that he cant see the forest, so he builds his house taller. Rabbit is mad that sunlight isnt reaching his garden, so he builds his house taller. Soon, their houses are so tall that they get blown down by the wind and neither has anything anymore. So, ...
  • Robyn Jones
    Rabbit and owl are neighbors and friends, but rabbit loves the sun on his garden and owl loves the moonlight view of the faraway land. When owl complains to rabbit that he can't see through the overgrown plants, rabbit is unsympathetic. Owl's solution is to build his house taller. That will not do for rabbit who builds his house taller too. And they keep at it, stealing the sky until they lose everything they thought they cared about. My first re...
  • Judy Lindow
    Nice big book, with pictures large enough to see by the whole class in a shared reading. Plus, the animal partnership of an owl and rabbit is always nice, for me at least (not a bunny for obvious reasons, heh heh). Nothing especially scary, surprising, or unusual about the story, but it's very useful for the preK, K-2nd graders as they get caught up in competition a lot. The lesson learned is very clear: that it is better to be friends and not co...
  • Miss Pippi the Librarian
    Rabbit and Owl live side by side on a hill. Rabbit likes to garden and Owl likes to look at the forest. All too soon, Rabbit irritates Owl and Owl angers Rabbit. They need to build taller houses to get away from each other!What a fantastic tale about friendship. Friends get along and they fight, but they always make up. The words are simple and the pictures wonderfully action packed. The underlying theme of working together and being together is ...
  • Cathy
    Good friends learn a small but important lessonOwl and Rabbit are good friends and live in two small houses next to each other. They are perfectly happy . . . until Rabbit's garden gets in the way of Owl's view. So Owl builds his house a little taller. Only that blocks the sun from Rabbit's vegetables. So Rabbit builds his house taller. And soon it's a house-building frenzy and the two now not-so-good friends have the two tallest houses in the wo...
  • Angie
    Rabbit and Owl live side by side in two little houses; Rabbit grows vegetables and Owl looks at the forest. Then the houses start getting in the way and they keep building them taller and taller until they have the two tallest houses in the world. But houses that high can't last and they fall to the ground. Rabbit and Owl figure out how to live together.I love the illustrations of the houses as they get taller and taller. This is a great story ab...
  • Karen Arendt
    Rabbit and Owl are friends with houses next to each other. As the story progresses they argue about each other's house interfering with Owl's view and Rabbit's sun for his garden. Each tries to to the other until the houses are so high and the wind blows so strong that both houses fall down. They then realize that they have everything they need.... The illustrations are soft with lots of sunset. Plenty of detail in the illustrations as well, part...
  • Esther
    One part The Butter Battle Book, one part the biblical story of Babel, Rabbit and Owl forget their friendship and become angsty and vengeful when they begin to compete with one another in house renovation projects. Eventually gravity forces them to accept the futility of this duel and they return to focusing on friendship rather than competition. A cute read, with excellent illustrations, and a strong, clear moral.