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[The] novellas riff on influences as varied as The Wizard of Oz, Mad Max, and the sardonic Death of Pratchett's Discworld...Strong and assured, these stories seamlessly merge different styles, teasing out and playing with readers' assumptions about how westerns, fantasy and fairy tales work...provocative and deeply satisfying. --Kirkus Reviews
"With characters deft and real, with language quick and clever, with insight deep and full, these stories lead the reader to wonder, Is this possible? Whatever is going to happen next? And then, incredibly, it is possible, and it happens. Dare to read this."
--National Book Award nominee and two-time Newbery honoree Gary D. Schmidt
"I'm so impressed by the ingenuity of the project as a whole, and Brick House / Wish Police
is sheer genius. I can't remember the last time I've read such a clever and successful plotline."
-- Newbery medalist Linda Sue Park
Nayeri's voice is chameleon-like, easily adapting to the conventions and expectations of each genre without losing a bit of its edge or its wit....Straw House is a delightful amalgam of the high and the low, the silly and the sublime. --BookPage
Four stylistically brilliant novellas offer readers a range of exquisite reading experiences in this collection... Nayeri's storytelling finesse is on full display here, as he creates characters and spins plots out of breathtakingly vivid wordsmithery; each story features language uniquely suited to its ambience and desired emotional effects, whether it be through clever wordplay in chapter titles, futuristic technojargon, a deliciously turned phrase, or a particularly apt metaphor. Language lovers as well as those who appreciate the artistry of a perfectly compact novella will consider this collection a treasure.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
Overall, provocative and deeply satisfying.
"Whenever we invoke this title -- Straw House, Wood House, Brick House, Blow -- let us breathe this word soon after: virtuosity. In a remarkable collection of four novellas, Daniel Nayeri plays a modern Lewis Carroll, pulling us down rabbit holes where the world is cockeyed -- disturbingly cockeyed -- and anything at all can happen. In one, toys planted by an absent creator are left to fend for themselves when evil arrives; in another, the very air we breathe has been infected with a technology that allows us to create our own reality--or others to create it for us; in another, the narrator Death is moved to play the jerk by powerful love.With characters deft and real, with language quick and clever, with insight deep and full, these stories lead the reader to wonder, Is this possible? Whatever is going to happen next? And then, incredibly, it is possible, and it happens. Dare to read this."
--Two-time Newbery honoree and Printz honoree Gary D. Schmidt
These four collected novellas were originally published as cell-phone novels, and conceived as a bit of a challenge--after the author read an article describing cell-phone novels... Read morePublished on May 30, 2013 by Kara L. Laughlin
This set of novellas is truly something unique to the YA market, perhaps even the entire book world. Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by Carlyn Greenwald
I loved, absolutely loved this book. But as some reviewers have mentioned, it's not really a kids book. Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by R. Miller
Daniel Nayeri's collection of four brilliant novellas is like a trip, not just around the world, but to four whole new worlds: a hard-bitten fantasy west where a farmer grows... Read morePublished on May 2, 2012 by Carey Wallace
Straw House- Confusing for a child. Nothing really happens the 1st half of the novella. The concept was interesting but the plot was boring. Read morePublished on January 7, 2012 by R. Wilson
In SHWHBHB, Nayeri proves that he is the writer's equivalent of a singer with a four-octave range. Although the four novellas share a mind-stretching imagination and evidence of... Read morePublished on December 14, 2011 by Carole Dagg
Reason for Reading: I really enjoyed both books in the author's "Another" series and was intrigued by this collection of novellas. Read morePublished on December 1, 2011 by Nicola Mansfield
The writer takes you to different worlds with new colors, structures, and creatures. The unexpected keeps you engaged throughout. An excellent read.Published on November 5, 2011 by Veronica
The start of this book is fairly confusing; it's tempting to quit before even finishing the first chapter. Read morePublished on November 4, 2011 by Amazon Customer