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How does my home work? / Chris Butterworth ; illustrated by Lucia Gaggiotti.
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2018.

Physical Description:
27 pages : coloured illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Explores how houses are powered by energy, discussing the electricity, water, and natural gas that fuel appliances and other home technologies, and provides tips on how people can conserve these resources in their homes.
Audience/Reading Level:
Interest age level: 5-8.
Added Author:


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
621.042 BUT Book Junior Collection

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The inner workings of a home are laid out for kids in fun, retro illustrations jam-packed with the technology behind everyday life.

How does flipping a switch on the wall make the lights come on? Where does the clean water that flows out of the faucet come from? What is used to keep a home warm? Travel beyond the walls and under the floors of a house to find out more about the electricity, water, and natural gas that make your home work -- and find out how you can do your part to save energy and preserve these resources.

Author Notes

Chris Butterworth is the author of many nonfiction titles for young readers, including See What a Seal Can Do and Sea Horse: The Shyest Fish in the Sea. She lives in Cornwall, England.

Lucia Gaggiotti is a graphic designer and artist and the illustrator of How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? and Where Did My Clothes Come From? , both written by Chris Butterworth. Lucia Gaggiotti lives in London.

Reviews 1

Horn Book Review

In this third collaboration (How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?; Where Did My Clothes Come From?), informative double-page spreads explain how our homes' everyday "magic"--fueled by electricity, water, and natural gas--happens. Retro cartoons, created in mixed media, include clear diagrams that track the flow of utilities. The author's note and appended tips for saving energy reinforce a message of conservation. Ind. (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.