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 owner of the dollhouse. Her grandmother pays more 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 Adèle & Simon, brings to life the power of love, family, and friendship.
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Francesca Lia Block, winner of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Award, is the author of many acclaimed and bestselling books, including Weetzie Bat; the book collections Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books and Roses and Bones: Myths, Tales, and Secrets; the illustrated novella House of Dolls; the vampire romance novel Pretty Dead; and the gothic werewolf novel The Frenzy. Her work is published around the world.
Barbara McClintock has written and illustrated many acclaimed books for young readers, including Adèle & Simon, an ALA Notable Book, a Children's Book Sense Pick, and a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and Dahlia, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book. She lives in Windham, Connecticut.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5 Up—The gorgeous House of Dolls is home to Wildflower, Rockstar, and Miss Selene. It belonged originally to Madison Blackberry's grandmother. The dolls live small but contented lives, until spoiled, sullen, and emotionally neglected Madison takes out her frustrations on their world. Jealousy causes her to send the dolls' boyfriends (a soldier and a small teddy bear) off to war (a hidden shoebox) and then remove the beautiful dresses her grandmother made for them. The dolls slip into a genteel decline, until one of them writes a note to the grandmother, who figures out what is happening and fixes everything. An afternoon spent with her grandmother, plus a new dress, causes the child to return the boyfriends and the dresses and the baby doll she had evidently removed before the story starts, and suddenly both worlds are made right. Despite the fact that this is a story about a child and some dolls, it reads like a selection in a highbrow collection for adults. There are lessons to be learned here, but not necessarily by children, and, in the end, even McClintock's fine, exquisitely detailed illustrations and Block's lyrical language don't make this slight, wistful tale satisfying.—Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
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