28th out of 38 books — 33 voters
The Hidden House
In the beginning an old man named Bruno lived alone in the little house. Then he made three dolls to keep him company. They sat on the window ledge and watched him working in his garden. But one day Bruno went away and didn't come back, and the dolls were left alone. Soon his house and garden began to change.... Martin Waddell, author of classic picture books, including Ca...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 6th 1997 by Candlewick
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I can't remember how I heard about this book or how it ended up on my to-read list, but I know it's been there forever. If I had to guess I'd say it has something to do with the fact that it was illustrated by Angela Barrett. The story here is simple (almost non-existent really), but still very engaging and satisfying. It's got a kind of melancholy, slightly creepy feel that I think some children really enjoy. I know I did as a child and I think my daughter does too. I don't think I'm doing a ve...more
Sep 09, 2007 Dottie rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I love children’s books which teach a deep lesson while seeming to be simply a delightful story of moving from point to point in one’s life. This book is a beautifully resonant tale of the purchase, reclamation of a somewhat derelict house and land by a family who also find some treasured items within – the illustrations are equal to the text -- and I cannot recommend this book highly enough.