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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (October 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803737513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803737518
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chris Van Dusen is the author and illustrator of several highly acclaimed picture books, and is also the illustrator of the hugely popular Mercy Watson series. He lives in Camden, Maine, with his wife, two sons, and dog.

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I have a 4 year old and we love reading his books.
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LOVE IT, My son begs me to read it every night, I have it memorized now, and its so much fun to read out loud!
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Full of imagination, great rhymes and illustrations that you love looking at again and again.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By mandy on November 7, 2012
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Chris Van Dusen is one of the best children's writers out there today. I am a Secondary School English Teacher with a 4 year old daughter. I can't believe how awful most modern day children's books pass as acceptable literature these days (lower the level and theme of literature = lower intelligence). Chris Van Dusen is very different, his writing is exceptionally good. My over all favourite book of his would have to be 'A Camping Spree with Mr Magee', but 'If I Built a House' (which has a slightly higher reading/comprehension level) is a magical tale of dreams, promising aspirations and hope. Great book, definitely a keeper.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By , on November 21, 2012
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My boys (aged 4-10) love all the Chris Van Dusen books and this one did not disappoint. The story and illustrations are hilarious. The kids find something new every time we read it. I would highly recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amy Rowell on November 9, 2012
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My son James rec'd a copy of this book for his 6th birthday from his "Auntie Cheryl" -and he LOVES it! In fact, he took it in for "show and tell" at school and has been working hard since to design his very own "cool house!" ;-) We've enjoyed a number of books by Chris Van Dusen over the past few years - from "The Circus Ship" to "If I Built a Car" - clever, colorful and wonderfully imaginative - Van Dusen succeeds in fostering a love of creativity and imagination in his readers - never mind that these books are simply a pleasure to read! ;-) Highly recommend this author for elementary school-age children!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pocket Brain on October 25, 2012
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If you liked "If I Built a Car", from the same author, you'll love this book too. It's equally original, illustrated with vivid colors & attention to detail. Kids will love this wildly imaginative story & parents will love how it reminds them of their own childhood. Another instant classic from Chris Van Dusen. (As usual, look for Mr. Magee & his little dog Dee, hiding inside!)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deborah C. on November 20, 2012
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My 4 yr. old grandson likes to "invent" things and this book is a lot of fun for him. Seems to 'rev' up his imagination and we all enjoy reading it with him. Illustrations are fun and colorful.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Meg on October 29, 2012
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My toddler and I are big fans of Chris Van Dusen's books, so I preordered "If I Built a House" after reading "If I Built a Car" many many times. "If I Built a House" has the same inventiveness and zaniness and I like how the author reaches for more complicated words sometimes. This book is about young Jack imagining a house with all kinds of fun things, like trampolines in the living room, a car-wash type of shower in the bathroom, a giant slide, a fish tank, a race track, and more. My toddler enjoys this book, though not as much as "If I Built a Car." I'd like to give 4.5 stars instead of 5 because the rhymes aren't as strong in some places and mainly because--and yeah, I'm being nitpicky--the author uses "ain't," which I think is completely unnecessary.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DPD on October 26, 2012
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This is a fantastic voyage into the wonderfully imaginative world of Chris Van Dusen. The rhythm of the story and eye catching illustrations create a memorable experience for both children and adults. Anyone who grew up in the 50's or 60's will instantly be transported back to their youth by the imaginative/sc-fi home design. My favorite of all Mr. Van Dusen's brilliant works.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bicki72 on November 8, 2012
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I think all of Chris Van Dusen's books are amazing. I have a 4 year old and we love reading his books. This newest book, If I Built A House definitely does not disappoint. My son loved If I Built A Car, which is the first book about this same little boy, Jack, who has big ideas. I had high expectations with this new one and I actually think it's better than the original. My son is hugely into race cars and trampolines, both of which are featured in this new book. So, for him, this house is PERFECT. LOL. He keeps asking to read this over and over again. Right after reading it for the first time, my son grabbed his Legos so that he could work on building his dream home, as well. LOL

Huge hit!!!

I would recommend ANY and ALL of Chris Van Dusen's books to everyone. They are all amazing. But, If I Built A House is one of the best. The pictures are amazing and the story has a very nice flow. We love it.
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