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House of Dolls by Francesca Lia Block
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Feb 24, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: age-juvenile-fiction, magical-realism, gift-books
Recommended for: 4th grade and up
Read in February, 2011

Francesca Lia Block and Barbara McClintock are a kind of dream team for this book. Extremely small in size, it brought to mind when WPL had a "mini book" collection for all those tiny Beatrix-Potter-like titles. This would be a great gift book for any girl who has imagined that her dolls have very real lives...enough to be jealous of them. McClintock's line drawings are fittingly frilly and intricate, but the prose is dark and real. Four small sections might be called chapters, but this is an illustrated book as well.

Favorite quote:

"War is being blinded and locked in a box, unable to see, hear, or touch you, my wildflower. War is being reminded that you are completely at the mercy of death at every moment, without the illusion that you are not. Without the distractions that make life worth living."

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