[PDF] ↠ Free Read ☆ House of Dolls : by Francesca Lia Block Barbara McClintock ✓


  • Title: House of Dolls
  • Author: Francesca Lia Block Barbara McClintock
  • ISBN: 9780061130946
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Hardcover

  • In a little house from another time, with lace curtains in every window and paintings hung in gold doily frames, Wildflower, Rockstar, and Miss Selene live a warm and cozy life They wear fancy dresses, bake play dough cakes, and spend their days enjoying one another s company.For the three dolls, life is small but good.But life is not good for Madison Blackberry, the owneIn a little house from another time, with lace curtains in every window and paintings hung in gold doily frames, Wildflower, Rockstar, and Miss Selene live a warm and cozy life They wear fancy dresses, bake play dough cakes, and spend their days enjoying one another s company.For the three dolls, life is small but good.But life is not good for Madison Blackberry, the owner of the dollhouse Her grandmother pays attention to the dolls than to her The dolls have one another, but she is lonely in her big, empty apartment.Then one day, as things always do even for dolls everything changes.This beautiful story from the acclaimed team of Francesca Lia Block, author of such novels as Weetzie Bat, and Barbara McClintock, author and illustrator of many picture books, including Ad le Simon, brings to life the power of love, family, and friendship.
    Francesca Lia Block Barbara McClintock
    Francesca Lia Block was born in Los Angeles to a poet and a painter, their creativity an obvious influence on her writing Another influence was her childhood love of Greek mythology and fairy tales She has lived in the city all her life, and still resides there with her daughter, Jasmine Angelina about whom she wrote her book Guarding the Moon , her son Samuel Alexander, and her two dogs a springer spaniel named Vincent Van Go Go Boots and a beagle mix named Thumper She left only to attend the University of California, Berkeley She has often professed her love of Los Angeles, calling it a Jasmine scented, jacaranda purple, neon sparked city, which she has nicknamed in her books Shangri LA.


    Commentaires:

    Amber
    This was a pretty good short story about a Grandmother who loved a bunch of special dolls who show her how to bring love to her family. The illustrations were awesome in this too. Look for this book at your local library and wherever books are sold.

    Kathryn
    "[Block and McClintock have] made a book that is more than pretty and sweet, though it's both of these things. HOUSE OF DOLLS is tragic and hopeful and strange and lovely." So says Emily Jenkins (author of Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic) and I couldn't agree more.This is the story of three dolls, beautiful and beloved Wildflower; thoughtful and mockingly named Rockstar; and Miss Selene, the fairy who is missing s [...]

    Ellyn
    Ugh. The illustrations were nice, but the book lacks an audience. Teens, even fans of Block, are likely to pass over it because it looks too childish and young girls are unlikely to stick with the flowery descriptions because of the paper-thin plot. Probably best for adult fans of Block? Not sure where to put this in my library.

    Lisa
    I was disappointed in this book. I thought it could have been so good. B. McClintock is one of my favorite illustrators, and the illustrations were great, but the story was not good. It was just such a sad little story with no depth to the characters at all. Who was this intended for? Because I really don't think kids would get this at all. Guy says that war is the absence of the distactions that makes life liveable. Oh ya, that's upbeat. Ya, this was a big disappointment, sauf the illustrations [...]

    Heather
    Not nearly as great as the 'starred booklist review'.The book tells the story of a dollhouse, and the dolls that live inside. On the plus side, at 60 pages, I read the whole thing in about a half-hour. I did enjoy Barbara McClintock's illustrations.

    Jocelyn Koehler
    So, FLB is kinda kooky. Generally good, but kooky. We know this. And for all her Weetzie Bat street cred, she's also written a fairy/satyr-based dating guide, so let's not start handing out free passes just yet.House of Dolls, an offering for younger readers, is a wispy (about 60 pages of scant text) middle-reader-level story centered on the social and romantic life of several dolls in a rich girl's dollhouse. That girl, Madison Blackberry, acts as a malevolent, capricious god toward the dolls. [...]

    Valerie
    We have this book in the children's department of the library. It is a good story, but I can't think of any children that would enjoy this book. It was a very quick read (30 minutes). Some parts of it would be difficult for children to understand the actual meaning. It might be a good one for parents to read with children to explain what is really going on.

    Betsy
    One Sentence Review: Though I can see how the sheer strangeness of the title might put people off, after more than a year this book remains crisp and clear in my mind, just as it will for the kids who chose to read it.

    Tara
    I can't figure out the ideal audience for this one. The vocabulary is laborious and yet the book is small. Eventhough the pages are tiny, the text block inside the book is even tinier. The subject matter is dolls, but the lexile level is at least middle school, if not higher.

    Linda
    What a lovely little story. Madison Blackberry is a girl with a beautiful mother and an important father. She lives in a tasteful apartment high above the city. But Madison Blackberry is so lonely that she's jealous of her dolls, who have lives and friends. She gradually takes everything away from these dolls, out of pure spite. The way the dolls react to this treatment and the way they fight back is truly touching.

    Debbie Armbruster
    Sweet and melancholy. Great for an adult reading with an older elementary student (3rd/4th grade) or independently grades 5-8.

    Martha
    I'm a big fan of FLB, but not this book.

    Greta is Erikasbuddy
    Remember back when you were a little girl? Remember that doll house you had that was your mother's? ANd before that was your grandmother's?Or perhaps you remember a special doll that you weren't allowed to touch but you longed to. REmember it sat in your mother's room on the high shelf just out of reach of little fingers. SHe told you that was your great-grandmother's doll and was not meant to be played with. But it looked as though it had been played with. It looked as though it had been played [...]

    Brittany
    There were three doll who all lived in a beautiful house. They were once treated grandly with new gowns and love from Madison Blackberry's grandmother. Madison does not really like the dolls having all the fun though, so she breaks them up in hopes that it will make her feel better.This is a hard book to set and age range for. The brevity and illustrations lend an air of juvenile fiction to it, but the subject matter is complex and subtle which makes me want to stick it in with older kids. On th [...]

    Kris
    Francesca Lia Block is one of my favorite writers. She brings her magical realism storytelling to a younger audience with House of Dolls. Three dolls, Wildflower, Rockstar and Miss Selene, live a beautiful doll house. They have beautiful clothes and lives their serene lives with two male toys, a G.I. Joe type doll named Guy and a teddy bear named B. Friend. Madison Blackberry is the owner of the doll house. But she has no love for the dolls. This house belonged to her grandmother and both her gr [...]

    Swankivy
    This short fairy-tale-esque book introduces us to a family of mismatched dolls and illustrates how their lives are affected and reflected by the little girl who owns them. Living in a dollhouse that has been in the Blackberry family for three generations, the dolls have a close relationship even though they are very different from each other. The story isn't exactly clear on the "reality" of the dolls, but their owner, Madison, does various things to them mostly to express how she's feeling, and [...]

    Inhabiting Books
    Madison Blackberry's dolls live the high life in a sumptuous dollhouse, with handmade clothes and furnishings, provided lovingly by Madison's grandmother. The problem is, Madison is being ignored by the adults in her life, and she's taking her resentment out on the dolls.A good story that is both tragic and hopeful, about the importance of time spent with your children. The issue of the grandmother showing her love for her granddaughter by providing her with these lavish "things" for her dolls, [...]

    Emmeline Guest
    “There were dresses that made the dolls feel like ice-cream sundaes, flowers, seashells, cocoons, butterflies, angels, goddesses, rock stars, heavenly stars, and moon.”Oh, how I adore this book House of dolls is small (just a few inches in either direction) book beautifully black and white) with a vibrant colored cover of a dolls dressed in elaborate gowns and head plumes, a fairy with thin slivery wings, and flowers twining from back to front -- just holding it in your hands feels magical. [...]

    Nicole Field
    Oh my god, did Francesca Lia Block really put that much into 61 pages??!House of Dolls may look like a story for children. Certainly, it is the length of a children's book, with illustrations and a cast of dolls to match. Most of the story, in fact, is told from the points of view of two dolls, a fairy doll, a teddy bear and, perhaps, a G. I. Joe kind of doll? Together, they live in a dollhouse owned by one very lonely girl. The only thing that makes her feel more lonely than she already feels i [...]

    Faith Hough
    5 emphatic stars for the gorgeous illustrations! I love the look of this little book so much I just want to hug it. ;)My girls enjoyed this story, and I had fun reading it aloud to them. Ultimately, though, I felt the plot and particularly the resolution was a bit forced, and modern cultural elements were at odds with the old-fashioned style.I have a parent point of view gripe, and that is that two of the dolls have boyfriends who share their house and beds. I know, I know, it's just dolls and I [...]

    Michelle
    (3.5 stars) This short little book falls between genres and age ranges. I think adults with a sense of whimsy and wistfulness will like it, but for the most part, it could be read with someone younger. The story is about a dollhouse now passed down to the granddaughter, Madison. While the three dolls live a good life with their two male companions, one a teddy bear, one an action figure, there is something missing for one of the dolls. Madison’s life is lonely, with her parents involved in oth [...]

    Julie Decker
    House of Dolls is a short fairy-tale-esque depiction of some dollhouse dolls' lives, and how their lives are affected by the whims and life events of the little girl who owns them. In the usual Block fashion, the decorations and fashions of the dolls are described lavishly, and the various dolls being quite a mismatched set yet quite a happy family is also typical for the author. The dolls have been occupants of the dollhouse through three generations, and all of them have different personalitie [...]

    Dawn
    Three dolls named Wildflower, Rockstar and Miss Selene live in an ornate Victorian dollhouse in Madison Blackberry’s luxury penthouse apartment. They go about their doll house business and are quite happy. They have plenty of clothes, beautiful dishes and two boyfriends for company; however, there is a sadness about Miss Selene. The dollhouse used to belong to Madison’s grandmother when she was a child. Madison Blackberry is jealous of the dolls and her perception of their happiness, so she [...]

    Rebecca
    Francesca Lia Block and Barbara McClintock are a kind of dream team for this book. Extremely small in size, it brought to mind when WPL had a "mini book" collection for all those tiny Beatrix-Potter-like titles. This would be a great gift book for any girl who has imagined that her dolls have very real livesenough to be jealous of them. McClintock's line drawings are fittingly frilly and intricate, but the prose is dark and real. Four small sections might be called chapters, but this is an illus [...]

    Larissa
    Wildflower, Rockstar and Miss Selene live a quiet and isolated life away from all the sadness and pain of the real world, surrounded only by all that is beautiful and loving. That is until their world came into the hands of a little girl called Madison Blackberry.Madison Blackberry is a lonely little girl who is bored with her life and jealous of everyone about her. Vulnerable and powerless in her own world she takes out her pain on the doll house and its occupants Wildflower, Rockstar and Miss [...]

    Margaryta
    House of Dolls Another gentle, whimsical, and touching book by an author I love (and respect) very much. The story is simple, but unlike what other reviewers have said I must disagree in that this book WILL find an audience. It will resonate with teenage girls but also with younger girls who may be in the same kind of situation as Madison Blackberry (which is an awesome name, by the way). Block's familiar style shines through, from the characters to the descriptions to the sheer whimsical-ness [...]

    Lisa Gricius
    It's a beautiful thing when you can sit down with your almost twelve year-old daughter and read a picture book together. Author Francesca Lia Block, a favorite of mine since reading Weetzie Bat has created a tiny gem with a powerful and sophisticated message that a mature middle reader who has an understanding of metaphor and theme will understand and be moved by. This story made my daughter cry and as a parent, this story made me think hard regarding some of my parental decisions. I believe the [...]

    Alicia Evans
    I love Francesca Lia Block so much! This book explores the idea of dolls having lives of their own, with feelings that aren't so different from humans. Like all of Block's books that I've read, there are lessons and truths strewn throughout and they resonate quite powerfully. I liked the added illustrations as well. I wish there would have been a little more to the book because I'm used to reading her teen stuff, but I enjoyed the quick read just the same. For: fans of Block; readers wanting a w [...]

    Tricia
    Oh quirky little book, you pose a quandry for libraries. As a J title, you are for elementary studentst you are deep and dreamy--too much for many immature readers (even with illustrations). For teen readers, thoughn, you may lack appeal--after all, partial setting is a dollhouse. As an adult reader, I liked you--but most adults won't be picking you up! Madison Blackberry is an unhappy and lonely child who envies the dollhouse and residents passed down from Madison's grandmother. Beautiful story [...]

    Morninglight Mama
    Adorable and quaint, this book is definitely above the full understanding level of my four year old daughter who checked it out from the library, but we read it aloud together nonetheless. She adored the illustrations, and I loved introducing such grand vocabulary to her-- this felt delightfully mature and girly! The story has a deeply resonating message of loving and caring for others, and even though much of it went over my daughter's head, she loved the experience and I greatly enjoyed the re [...]

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