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The Veldt: A Play

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  3,261 Ratings  ·  225 Reviews
Do your students enjoy a good laugh? Do they like to be scared? Or do they just like a book with a happy ending? No matter what their taste, our Creative Short Stories series has the answer.

We've taken some of the world's best stories from dark, musty anthologies and brought them into the light, giving them the individual attention they deserve. Each book in the series has

Paperback, 56 pages
Published December 1st 1972 by Dramatic Pub. (first published September 23rd 1950)
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Tansie G. I think that Bradbury is emphasizing how technology can be dangerous. The children came to feel as though the house was their parent, and the parents…moreI think that Bradbury is emphasizing how technology can be dangerous. The children came to feel as though the house was their parent, and the parents began to feel useless and scared. He went for a similar theme/message in "The Pedestrian". (less)
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
Feb 02, 2015 Paquita Maria Sanchez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
In 1950, with television becoming more and more integrated in daily life, Ray Bradbury's Sci-Fi paranoia gland started swelling up to epic proportions. After lancing the painful bubble that was his frustrations about easy entertainment and all manner of super-fast flashy new things that do seemingly everything for you, Bradbury bled out all his puss and blood on the page. That makes this story sound dark, and it is pretty dark in many ways, but it is also whimsical and humorous in its dealings w ...more
Apr 27, 2011 Stacey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, imo
When you read a short story like this one, there's no mistaking the reasons Bradbury is regarded as a master storyteller. His stories are at their most powerful when he's writing of children, as here, and such as Dandelion Wine, or All Summer In a Day. He creates a sense of inevitability, even resignation. You can see the ending coming, you even know why it's coming, and which turn you took to get you there. Still it drags you along to the end, and the story lingers, long after you've read the l ...more
4.0 stars. A superb short story from Ray Bradbury and one that is quite a bit "darker" than much of his short fiction. It originally appeared in the Saturday Evening Post in 1950 under the title, "The World the Children Made" and was than included in the anthology

The story is dark, cynical look at the dangers of allowing technology (like TV) raise our children. In the story, two parents install a machine called the “Happylife Home”(think early computer with A.I.) that allows the house to be run
Oct 17, 2015 Steph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm in the middle of reading a long book and wanted a break with something Halloween S and creepy and this was short and disturbing. I really like it and think after this book I'm reading I will turn to a couple of really good scary books because that was creepy and it is the season for being disturbd
May 09, 2016 Radwa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
A futuristic horror story, with a futuristic house that literally does everything for its residents, from tying their shoes to rocking them in their sleep. The house comes with a special (psychological?) room called the "nursery," which manifests anyone's thoughts. It's used as a way to analyze the psychology of the children.

If you think of fairies, the room will give you fairies, and if you think of killing lions, there'll be killing lions. A big con for me was how "preachy" the story seemed, b
May 03, 2012 Prashant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
Since aeon this society has questioned the efficacy of love.

I know we have made millions of movies, written trillions of stories and have had hundreds of thinkers all depicting the helplessness of human emotions. We have the tendency to swoon, drool and even succumb for the ones we love.

But this is not the love that we are talking about in this story. Here, it's the one which because of the absence of physical attraction may not be as complex as the love between a couple. But still, it's much
Kelly R
I cannot give this book any stars because I really hated reading it. As a work of literature it was beautiful. I saw everything perfectly drawn up in front of my eyes as if the Story were a picture rather than just words on a page. As I read The Veldt I was horrified. I had to stop reading at times because I was sobbing. When I got to the end I was so sick I ran crying to my dad.
I would never recommend this book to be read, but I cannot honestly say that I regret reading it.

If you are looking
Creepy! Very, very creepy! And makes you stop to consider what technology is doing to our lives, and what it has the potential to do to our lives as it continues to advance at an exponential speed. Watch out! And keep an eye on what your children are doing!

Edit: I have now also listened to an audio dramatized interpretation of this story, (thank you Petra!) and after listening to the audio drama I now have a second, alternate opinion of this story. In the print, I thought the children were evil,
Jun 02, 2016 Stevie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book is great. I first read it during my 7th grade year in English, and I still love it to this day. The ending is very morbid though, so I'm not completely sure why they made 12 year olds read it... either way, I adore this book and know that it's a great fit for anyone who's a fan of Ray Bradbury.
Oct 21, 2015 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part sci-fi horror/ part fabled warning against the dangers of spoiling children, this worked pretty effectively. Although predictable, I liked the slow build-up, and the ending was fantastic with the creepy daughter quietly offering the psychologist tea. *shiver* I'm not sure which was more frightening - the kids, the lions, or the adults' parenting. If you like to creep yourself out, like I do at this time of year, this is the perfect season to read this short scary story.
Jun 18, 2014 Z rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Chilling and so delicious despite (or owing to?) its brevity. 62 years after the story was first published, a video (and piece of music) were made to pay homage to it and to Bradbury - the equally delicious track by deadmau5, 'The Veldt.'
Mar 28, 2016 Martyna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
wow wow wow
this was so good! I had to read this for one of my assignments in English class and I'm surprised at how dark it was. The discussion we had about this story was also very interesting. A great quick read!
Srinath Sridhar
Jun 28, 2014 Srinath Sridhar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of electronic music and in particular a music producer called deadmau5. Now, if you are wondering how this is relevant to The Veldt, I swear there is a connection.

deadmau5 produced a single called The Veldt a couple of years ago (2012). The track was inspired by this book, The Veldt. It was a great track, so I thought I should give the book a try. After all, this is a short story and can be read (online) in 20 mins. It was time well spent.

For a story written in 1950 this book has
Aug 21, 2016 Feyza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This short story was written in the 50's. Back then technology was evolving rapidly and the most important year in the 50's was the year of hope. This was the year 1958, a very prestigious year. The world exposition in Brussels was one among the things that took place. Technology was so important that people even thought world peace would come because of it. I believe the importance of technology to people made Bradbury want to write this story. This short story was astonishing. I can even say t ...more
Society has evolved to a place where a home can babysit and raise your kids for you, with a nursery that will bring to life anything your child imagines. George and Lydia Hadley were happy to purchase their Happylife Home so affordably, where lights turn on as you walk in a room and the house clothed and fed and rocked their kids to sleep. But something is awry in the nursery. The room is stuck on an African Veldt land with lions feeding and vultures looming- and this imaginary world feels all t ...more
Paula Bagley
Jan 18, 2016 Paula Bagley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is mazing, the story represents how technology is taking over our lives, and even though I use technology a lot and I would never give it up. The book shows the reality in a way so deep it rly shocks you. As well as the amazing story, they literally touch all your senses. When I read the book I could actually smell the grass and other stuff, read this book cause u will read it over and over
Feb 02, 2016 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty good short story about a smart house and the horrors within its nursery that has been turned into an African Pride land by the children of the house. If you enjoy a scary sci-fi story, definitely check this out. It is available wherever books are sold and at your local library in one of Ray Bradbury's short story collections. I found this short story available to read as a free ebook.
Andrew Tonascia
May 12, 2012 Andrew Tonascia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The thought of a house that ultimately simplifies your life by cooking your meals, brushing your teeth, or cleaning your dishes may sound intriguing and useful, but in The Veldt, Ray Bradbury shows us some of the more terrifying aspects to the idea of a "living house." He helps us to realize the importance of doing things on our own. The moment we let someone else, or SOMETHING else control parts of our lives, things begin to go wrong.

Parents George and Lydia Hadley seem to be enjoying their thi
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
Interesting and eye opening at the same time, The Veldt is a story about how technology seems to take up a huge role in our lives and how sometimes we're so overcome by it that we wouldn't know how to live without it.
Yashwanth Kumar
May 23, 2014 Yashwanth Kumar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A excellent sci-fi/futurology short story with great commentary on our dependence of machines and our idea of replacing human constructs and relationships with technology with a morbid but fitting ending.
Stephanie Lingenfelter
I really liked this short story and it's unbelievable that Bradbury knew that technology would present problems with people's sociability in the future. Bradbury definitely hit home with me.
Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
Oh wow. That was unexpected! It terrified me, it made me cringe - what an amazing story!
Kevin M
Apr 25, 2016 Kevin M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Solid tale
Jul 26, 2015 Ericka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Category/Genre: Traditional literature, fiction, fantasy

Estimate age level of interest: 7-12th grade

Estimated reading level: 10th-11th grade

Brief description: In this dark short story Ray Bradbury warns readers of the dangers of technology use for children and the devastating impacts it can have. In his well-known, vivid detail and imagination, Ray describes a family who installs a very unique nursery where your imagination comes to life. After this room begins to terrify the parents of this fam
Jun 14, 2015 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christina White said-
I don’t really know what it would be like if technology did everything for me. But author Ray Bradbury made me feel like I was living it. The story was in the Hadley house, where technology over powers man made things. This idea of the future really had me on the edge of my seat, reading about the times in the nursery. I can picture the setting in my mind. A grey, silver, metal house, with walls changing at very thought. Dead, thoughtless hallways with rooms full of life and
Frank Westgate
Feb 22, 2015 Frank Westgate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Veldt is a story of science fiction becoming a science fact. Technology has become so advanced a family “the Hadley’s” buy a new home that takes care of everything. It’s a mirror imagine of what people may believe to be the perfect life, being pampered by a mechanized home. They describe though the characters the mechanical magic of an extra sensory nursery room that is supposed to like an entertainment room for the whole family. The parents begin to become worried about their children, when ...more
Rachel Jackson
As much as I've heard about Ray Bradbury's short storytelling and the horror and creepiness of this particular story, "The Veldt," by the time I got to the end all I could think was, "That's it?" Perhaps I expected too much of the story, but it was not nearly as terrifying and paranoid of technology as its legacy is.

The story is that of a family who lives in a virtual house where everything is done by machines and technology for them, from cooking their meals to brushing their teach to tying the
Deeanna Culbertson
A classic Ray Bradbury short story written similarly to a classic Gothic horror story. George and Lydia Hadley are parents who have become spoiled and lazy by buying a "Happylife Home" that does just about everything for them including raising their two children, Peter and Wendy. Eventually Lydia begins to realize that her life is not happy and fulfilled any longer. She discusses her feeling with George while explaining why she has become frightened of the children's nursery room. This room can ...more
Jessica Calvin
Jun 14, 2015 Jessica Calvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was assigned by my language arts teacher to read the short story The Veldt, I was expecting a story that was going to be dull, lifeless, and uninteresting. However I got something totally unexpected. I got a story full of mystery, suspense, and surprise.

I’ve heard descriptions of the future, but none like that of the Hadley children's scene changing, two dimensional nursery. The Hadley children were so attached to the nursery that they wouldn't let anything or anyone including their own
Vincent Russo
Aug 18, 2013 Vincent Russo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The song “The Veldt” by Deadmau5 was inspired by this short story by Ray Bradbury. Indeed, the original title of this story was “The World that the Children made”, a recurring line in the song. Already being a fan of Bradbury’s work, as well as fiction that centralizes around dystopian themes, this served as a very quick and enjoyable read. The true talent of Bradbury’s writing style is conveyed by his ability to portray such a dark world in a confined literary space.
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American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet, was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. He graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 1938. Although his formal education ended there, he became a "student of life," selling newspapers on L.A. street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at the typewriter. He bec ...more
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