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Monday, July 5, 2010

House of Dolls by Francesca Lia Block

Hi there!
Welcome back to another week here at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers!  As the festivities from the fourth of July celebrations wind down, it's time to get back into the swing of things, review a book from my TBR pile (hmm, mountain might be better said) and play a little bit of catch up in the online world.  Are you ready?  Let's jump right in for a little bookish play.  Today's book of choice is....

Illustrated by
Barbara McClintock

From the start, we are introduced to Madison Blackberry...a lovely little girl in a bit of a mood. She has a glorious doll house with lovely dollies to play with given to her by her Grandmother (complete with self given "boyfriends" of an army man and teddy bear....very cute...)...and yet, she's in no mood to play. It seems that the dolls (Rockstar, Wildflower, and Miss Selene) get all the attention from dear old Grandma that little Madison craves. Can a little childhood magic and belief in something impossible being possible turn this child's world around?

A short quick read from a familiar name in the Young Adult genre, this book carries more message and meaning than story (that's a good thing here). For those that believed once-upon-a-time (or still do) that dolls have a life of their own beyond their play time with their human counterparts...this delightful novel is for you.   With several penned drawings throughout the book to help build upon the images the story itself conjures in your minds eye, readers young and young at heart have something to discover within these pages.  Your imagination is captured by the dolls eye view of the events unfolding as the "lessons" woven within the story itself are revealed in brilliant colors.  From life and its many changes, to the love and importance of family, this book well worth a second look.

Special thanks to Laura at HarperCollins Publishers for the review copy.  (THANKS!)  For more information and to see other titles of interest, be sure to check out their site or follow along on Twitter!

Until next time....happy reading!


Sissa said...

Oh i haven't read Francesca in years. I may have to look for this one. ^^

Shannon O'Donnell said...

This sounds wonderful! Thanks for the review. :-)

Julie P said...

Interesting cover--glad you enjoyed it!

Emidy @ Une Parole said...

Very nice review! This book sounds like a lot of fun to read. And with a gorgeous cover like that, how can you not want to pick it up?

The1stdaughter said...

This is perfect, considering the recent release of Toy Story 3! I just love the idea that everything, no matter how inanimate we may think it is, has something to offer. This looks fantastic and another great review!

Tales of Whimsy said...

Sounds great and I love the beautiful cover!

Vanessa said...

I agree with Juju, the cover is very pretty. Great review! You've reminded me that I've been meaning to check out this author.

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