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100 Cupboards (100 Cupboards #1)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  8,243 ratings  ·  1,386 reviews
Twelve-year-old Henry York is going to sleep one night when he hears a bump on the attic wall above his head. It's an unfamiliar house—Henry is staying with his aunt, uncle, and three cousins—so he tries to ignore it. But the next night he wakes up with bits of plaster in his hair. Two knobs have broken through the wall, and one of them is slowly turning...

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Hardcover, 289 pages
Published December 26th 2007 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Douglas Wilson
Nonbiased reviews under such circumstances are hard to come by. Great book.
Let me make one thing clear--the only reason I'm deducting the 5th star is because this book does not stand on it's own. It's very clearly the start of a series and I'm greatly annoyed that now I have to wait for the next installment. That being said, the scene with the chainsaw in the carpet is almost worth adding the 5th star back...

This is a creepy little children's fantasy. Give to fans of Charlie Bone, Coraline, Gregor the Overlander, the Narnia books, Chrestomanci, and yes that HP fellow.
I'm quite conflicted about this book. On the one hand, the premise is fantastic-- a wall full of doorways into other worlds-- some benign, some not so much. But the names of the female characters were confusing-- they're all allusions to famous females (incl Dorothy from Kansas!)-- but i also kept forgetting how old the little girls were supposed to be, because they speak and act like different ages all the time. The town's name is Henry, and the two main kids are named Henry and Henrietta? Huh? ...more
After a pretty slow start, this book got weird fast. One minute I'm waiting for some action and answers, the next I'm wondering how I fell into Tim Burton's brain. It got so weird that it was a little hard to understand at times. I'm fairly fantasy versed and even I had trouble interpreting some of the stuff towards the end of the book. Wilson really tried hard to start cramming in characters with speaking styles that were unique to their situation. Unfortunately, this will probably leave many i ...more
Wow! I really loved this book. Deliciously creepy elements blend with terrific characterization, poetic prose and exciting plot. Will update more in a bit!

{Edit}Now to add a bit more. I like how the author has taken classic fantasy tropes, "the lost Special One" "the Hidden World" "the Wise Fool" and blended them in new ways. I particularly like how Henry finds the world away from the smothering overprotective one his parents have created for him just as magical as the actual magical worlds he
WOW! Very interesting fantasy tale. I wonder why I hadn't ever heard of it? Henry is a guest in his Aunt and Uncle's home. He finds 99 cupboards covered up with plaster in the attic where he sleeps. Each leads to a different land/time--but too small to get through. Where is the other cupboard, you wonder? Well, I can't tell you that! You'll just have to read it yourself. Quite an interesting story. It reads almost like a Harry Potter. And, if you get your hands on the book, look at the back of t ...more
I can't believe I made it all the way through to the end of this book. Maybe because I just kept waiting for something to happen and really it didn't. I have to give the author credit anyone that can literally write over 50 pages describing cupboards and one main setting of maybe a room. This book started out great but really I felt like I was in sand and going no where fast, and it just kept feeling to the end.

I think it was the writing style, the style was more of telling the reader then actu
Scrub the bones. Great line, and one of the most memorable. This book felt like what C.S. Lewis would have been if he wasn't British, didn't drink tea and crumpets every day and enjoyed college basketball.
Mmm. Delicious. A good fantasy with enough original elements to keep it interesting. "Leepike Ridge" is better, no question, but I dare say this book stands apart from the normal fantasy-laden pack. See for yourself...
I liked this. I want to say that first off least my issues be construed as revulsion. I read this book with the idea of presented it to a children's book club that I run at work. If I were reading for myself I probably would have relaxed into the story more and not be questioning everything. I don't tend to read Juvie Fantasy too deeply when reading for my own personal pleasure, but I need to talk about this among a group.
First the tone seems to shift from the overly descriptive literary tone
Mem Morman
This was recommended by - wait for it! - my GRAND-daughter. It's a children's book, and I like and read children's books, but I did find this pretty scary although I did enjoy it. Twelve year old Henry comes to stay with his aunt and uncle in Henry, Kansas hoping for a summer of baseball. Instead, or perhaps in addition, he finds that one wall of his attic bedroom is full of small cupboards with locked doors - and each goes somewhere not in this world. The characters (three cousins and two sets ...more
Henry York, dua belas tahun, hanya ingin hidup normal. Tapi hidupnya malah penuh kejutan setelah ia tinggal di kediaman paman dan bibinya di Kansas. Karena tidak ada kamar kosong yang tersedia, Henry terpaksa tidur di loteng. Di sana ia menemukan 99 pintu lemari dalam berbagai bentuk, warna, dan ukuran yang disembunyikan di balik dinding kamarnya.

Sejak menemukan pintu lemari tersebut, kejadian-kejadian aneh mulai menghampiri. Henry dilukai oleh makhluk dari balik pintu lemari yang terhubung den
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
I was intrigued by the cover right away. And as I read, I kept thinking, wow, for once, the book and the cover are really perfectly matched: in its mysterious, dark, and slightly creepy tone; in its attention to details; in its sense of originality. I appreciate quite a bit of this title. Really enjoyed how Wilson handles the relationships between Henry and Frank and between Henry and Henrietta. I am glad that Frank's and Dotty's seeming (and tremendously convenient) absentmindedness can be some ...more
Tamora Pierce
How can it get better--100 small cupboards hidden under plaster in an ordinary-looking Kansas house where Henry has come to await word on his parents, travel writers being held by Columbian kidnappers. His aunt, uncle, and three girl cousins seem perfectly ordinary, but there's a ghost who comes and goes from dead Grandpa's locked room, and there are those cupboards hidden behind Henry's bedroom wall. Henry is a cautious, careful hero, somewhat adrift in the world, sucked into dangerous situatio ...more
For a modern children's fantasy, in all its derivative glory, I really enjoyed this. It's not blazing any new ground, and it uses more than a few fantasy cliches (Henry's an orphan! taken in by his aunt and uncle! And his makeshift attic bedroom holds SECRETS! A locked door downstairs! An old man Henry can't remember! Cupboards that go to OTHER WORLDS!) but it still manages to feel fresh and fun. It helps that we're more than halfway through the book before anyone goes through any of the cupboar ...more
When his over-protective parents are kidnapped while on vacation, Henry is sent to stay with relatives in a small Kansas town. When the plaster in his attic bedroom is cracked, Henry discovers strange cupboards, all different from one another, and mysterious compass locks. He and the oldest of his cousins explore the mystery and have adventures (I won't be any more specific because I don't want to give away the plot). I thought the book had some good imagery, and the characters of Henry and his ...more
Nate Wilson has a unique gift. He takes you away into another world with his imaginative story telling, but with such realistic characters and life circumstances you feel like you're reading about your next door neighbor.
I especially love his word pictures! They are so vivid, clever, and original. The depth of plot, which is often missed in fiction, adds substance yet without weighing down the story.
Nate also sells his characters well and by chapter two I already loved Aunt Dotty, sympathized
I think this book was pretty good and fun to read. This book reminded me a lot about the book " The Chronicles of Narnia The Macian's Nephew" because in both books they have a boy and a girl find these portals to different places but in the "100 Cupboards" they don't have to use rings, the two kids only have to walk through these cupboards in the wall. They main character of the book would be Henry York who is 12 years old and he and his cousin Henrietta travel through these cupboards. Henrietta ...more
Jesse Broussard
Better than Leepike, more fun and--God forgive me--I found it comparable (not even or better, mind you, but comparable) to the Chronicles of Narnia. Cannot wait for the next installment, and no, he's not letting me read the manuscript. And here I used to like his class...
Mary Lee
Anyone who can base a philosophy of life on tumbleweeds ranks pretty high in my estimation. (I grew up in Eastern CO, which is just as much a place of tumbleweeds as Henry, KS!!)
Beth Sniffs Books
I had high hopes for this book as the premise sounded great -- parallel universes! And also the word cupboard just has such a nice lovely ring to it and evokes all sorts of cozy images -- the word cabinet just can't do that

Clearly, I am in the minority here as this book has tons of positive reviews but I DNF'ed 100 CUPBOARDS after just one chapter. Perhaps I didn't give 100 CUPBOARDS a fair chance but ultimately I didn't like the way the story was being presented and was not motivated to continu
My daughter read and enjoyed this, and wanted me to read it too. Fun to get recommendations from her! :)

Henry comes to stay with his aunt and uncle. He is put into an attic bedroom, and one night finds a cupboard in the wall. He starts chipping away at the plaster and finds a whole wall of cupboards. He starts to open them, which is nice or scary, depending on the cupboard.

I wasn't totally wowed by this story.

The good: It is really very creative. The main character (Henry) is likable and the r
Kover yang menawan serta rekomendasi banyak pihak yang terjamin kredibilitasnya membuat saya tak ragu untuk meminta hadiah buku ini dari Sista Ine sebagai hadiah ulang tahun. Thx Sis..., buku merupakan hadiah yang paling menyenangkan bagaimana pun isinya.

Ide ceritanya cukup lumayanlah, walau tidak bisa dimungkiri mirip dengan beberapa cerita yang menggunakan pintu sebagai portal untuk berada di tempat lain. Atau jika ingin lebih spesifik, mirip pintu ajaib ala Doraemon. Guna memudahkan memahami
My Summary: When Henry's parents are kidnapped while on a biking trip, he is sent to live with his Aunt Dotty and his Uncle Frank, who live in the quiet little town in Kansas he is named for. Unused to having the freedom to do whatever he wants to, Henry begins to grow and break out of his shell - he tries baseball for the first time and makes friends with the other guys in town.

But one night, while he lays in his attic bedroom, Henry hears a scratching noise coming from the wall. Then suddenly
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Twelve-year-old Henry York's world-traveling parents have been kidnapped, so he has moved in with his aunt, uncle, and three cousins at their old farm home in Henry, Kansas. Even though he's stuck in a tiny converted closet up in the attic, Henry almost doesn't mind living with his relatives. In fact, he's kind of excited about it, because for the first time in his life, he can play baseball without a helmet, sit in the back of a truck, and own a
Libby Ames
Henry York has lived a sheltered childhood with no baseball, no T.V. and no soda. He longs for adventure, but when he goes to live with his Aunt Dotty and Uncle Frank, he finds himself with more adventure than he can handle. Henry soon discovers a wall of mysterious cupboards hidden behind the plaster in his attic room. When he removes the plaster and opens some of the unlocked cupboard, strange things begin to happen. Henry and his cousin learn that the cupboards lead to different lands and pla ...more
Jun 05, 2008 Jess rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Wanda
Shelves: juv, fantasy
100 Cupboards is like the Brambly Hedge book The Secret Staircase, only creepier and for older kids. The atmosphere is wonderful - there's a great sense that the author knows about everything behind each cupboard, even if it doesn't come into the story (and it looks like the first in a series, so he'd better) - this creates a sense that the world is a bigger, more wonderful and frightening place than you thought.

All of which fits perfectly into the character development of Henry. He's led a she
I have NO idea where Wilson is going to take this story but, I tore through 100 cupboards and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The book follows a young boy named Henry who has gone to live with his aunt and uncle in Henry Kansas. I would say this book is 3/4ths hometown fun, including baseball, tumbleweeds, and old barns and 1/4th fantasy where a wall with multiple cupboards links to separate locations.

The Hometown feel was great. I love the strong family Wilson portrays and each character has a
While I read and enjoy a lot of juvenile and young adult fiction, this book was a disappointment. My 8 and 10 year old daughters enjoyed it and I've been looking for compelling books to read during my recovery from surgery, so I thought I would give this one a try. Unfortunately, I found it lacking in almost every way.

I found it difficult to follow the plot and the pacing was alternately rushed and too slow. But I think my primary complaint is that the book lacked the requisite detail to get me
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“Woman and children behind the lines!' he yelled, and all the girls jumped. Henry froze with his mouth open. 'Bang the drum slowly and ask not for whom the bell's ringing, for the answer's unfriendly!' He threw a fist in the air. 'Two years have my black ships sat before Troy, and today its gate shall open before the strength of my arm.' Dotty was laughing from the kitchen. Frank looked at his nephew. 'Henry, we play baseball tomorrow. Today we sack cities. Dots! Fetch me my tools! Down with the French! Once more into the breach, and fill the wall with our coward dead! Half a league! Half a league! Hey, batter, batter!'
Frank brought his fist down onto the table, spilling Anastasia's milk, and then he struck a pose with both arms above his head and his chin on his chest. The girls cheered and applauded. Aunt Dotty stepped back into the dining room carrying a red metal toolbox.”
“There is a bus station in Henry, but it isn't on Main Street. It's one block north - the town fathers hadn't wanted all the additional traffic. The station lost one-third of its roof to a tornado fifteen years ago. In the same summer, a bottle rocket brought the gift of fire to its restrooms. The damage has never been repaired, but the town council makes sure that the building is painted fresh every other year, and always the color of a swimming pool. There is never graffiti. Vandals would have to drive more than twenty miles to buy the spray paint.

Every once in a long while, a bus creeps into town and eases to a stop beside the mostly roofed, bright aqua station with the charred bathrooms. Henry is always glad to see a bus. Such treats are rare.”
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