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About the Author

Betty Brock is the author of several books for young children. She has two grown daughters and lives in Alexandria, VA.

Wallace Tripp has illustrated many books for children, including Come Back, Amelia Bedelia. He lives in California.

Wallace Tripp studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. He has illustrated more than fifty children's books. Mr. Tripp and his wife run a greeting card company in Peterborough, New Hampshire. They have three children, two dogs, and two cats.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Series: Harper Trophy Books (Paperback)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Harper Trophy Books edition (August 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064401308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064401302
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: School & Library Binding
Hello, I am 8 years old. We had a book fair at my school. I couldn't find anything, but finally I found this book. I looked at some of the pictures and I decided to buy it. I couldn't stop reading it, it was soooooo good! My homework is to read 20 minutes a day, but one day I read 120 minutes because this book was so good! I love this book, you have to read it!
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This is the one book I remember most growing up. I had worn out my paperback copy & have searched for YEARS for another!! FINALLY! Thank you, amazon.com!! This book sparked my imagination & Gloria was the first dog I ever loved!! (Soon followed by many "real" dogs in my life.) My FAVORITE book -- which didn't go over very well in job interviews when they asked that question!! :) Well, that just shows they hadn't read it!! I STILL can't kiss my elbows, but I do fly in my dreams!! You will, too, after you read it! ENJOY!
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Format: Paperback
I rated this book as a "5" based on the happy memories I had of it as a child. I read it during "free-read" time in 1st grade. Then I lost track of it. But I always remembered Gloria the fairy dog and the little girl who could kiss her elbow. I remembered the story as ending very sadly - with Gloria turning herself to a statue because of something Felicity did. That image - of someone being so deeply disappointed that she literally "turned to stone" haunted me for years. Recently, I found a copy of the book and reread it. To my surprise, there's a *happy* ending where everything is tied up neatly, and Gloria is not trapped as a golden dog statue forever. What a change, how different.... I actually like the way I *remembered* the ending better. But still, this is a wonderful book, Gloria is still one of my favorite characters (I remember wishing I had a tiny dog who could talk, just like Gloria). It's a good fantasy book, not tough reading, but not insultingly easy (or I would guess upon my adult rereading) for a reasonably adept beginning reader.
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Format: Paperback
Annabel Tippens was only three-years-old when she arrived at Mrs. Vancourt's house with Gloria, a talking, dancing dog, who acts more like Annabel's parental figure. Annabel looks like any other young girl, with wonderful manners, and short blonde hair. But Annabel isn't what you think. In fact, she's not quite ordinary at all. Aside from the fact that Annabel has no parents except for Gloria, she also has the ability to talk to a miniature gold cat figurine named Belinda. And Belinda tells Annabel a very important secret...Annabel isn't just a little girl, she's half-fairy, and can do things other fairies do, like fly. But now that little Annabel has discovered the truth, she's at risk of her entire life changing. And possibly, not for the better.

I absolutely adore fantasy stories about fairies, so spotting Betty Brock's NO FLYING IN THE HOUSE was quite exciting for me. Written in 1970, NO FLYING IN THE HOUSE is a simply woven tale that will capture the hearts of all readers. Featuring the classic illustrations of the 70's by Wallace Tripp, NO FLYING IN THE HOUSE weaves together a delightful, heartwarming story, and gives great visuals for young children who want to see Annabel, Gloria, and Mrs. Vancourt. Overall, this is an imaginative, exciting children's story, that will put readers on the fantasy track, and stay with them for years to come.

Erika Sorocco

Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
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Format: Paperback
Parents who enjoyed the themes in Harry Potter but feel their children are too young for that series, would do well to check out this book. It shares many of the fine qualities of HP, namely, the value of friendship, honesty, loyalty, and personal sacrifice, all tied up in a little gem of a book full of magic, mystery, and fun. Like so many other reviewers who first read this story when they were children, this book sparked a fire in my imagination and, after thirty+ years, I still remember the characters as beloved friends. This isn't just a fun story for children; it is literature.

But, darn it all, I still can't kiss my elbow!
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By A Customer on October 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
I was just sitting around and thinking when I remembered something from long ago and far away..a book where a little girl could fly, and something about a little dog turning into a figurine, which I remember as being very sad. I thought for week about what in the world the title could be. Someting about flying? I finally found it. This is that book..I'll have to read it again, it's been forever.
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My daughter just turned 8 and I was over the moon when I found out that No Flying in the House was still in-print after all these years. I'm an avid reader as an adult and this book was one of the very first to inspire me to love reading! I've never forgotten it. Hat's off to Betty Brock for writing such a magical book that is bound to inspire a new generation of readers.
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I read this book about 30 years ago when I was in first grade and adored Gloria and the wonderous toys in Mrs. Vancourt's collection. Every year I read it to my first grade class. Imagine seeing 21 six year olds trying to kiss their elbows or holding their breath to see if, hope upon hope, maybe they could be part fairy too. I'm so glad to find it here so that I may order copies for my class. I won't let them take my 1970 version home! Betty Brock has done a fine job and Wallace Tripp some fabulous illustrations. Enjoy!
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