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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (February 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375836063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375836060
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 7.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

The title may be rather unwieldy but it’s certainly accurate. Inside a large snow globe, inside a toy museum, is a castle, and  children who press their faces against the glass can spot a tiny girl in the tower. The castle is lovely, and the girl has her own toys inside, but she’s lonely when the children leave. Her dreams take her to visit a boy in the deep woods or in search of a friend waiting to play: Sometimes she even dreams about you. The story, which on its own seems thin and even odd, is elevated by the breathtaking illustrations executed in acrylic, featuring clay models that give the artwork depth and weight. Digital nhancements provide the pictures with an airbrushed smoothness that is expecially effective in the close-ups of the children, and the use of unusual perspectives adds to the feelings of mystery and longing in the book. Enticed by the art to enter this dreamy world, children will contemplate the nature of reality evoked by the girl’s life. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ilene Cooper

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Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, February 4, 2008:
"Young fans of fantasy will be spell-bound."

More About the Author

Kate Bernheimer is the author of the story collection Horse, Flower, Bird (Coffee House Press), and a trilogy of fairy-tale novels that concluded in 2011 with The Complete Tales of Lucy Gold. Her second story collection, How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales, is forthcoming in 2014 from Coffee House Press. She is also editor of the World Fantasy Award winning anthology My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales (Penguin Non-Classics, 2010), with a new anthology, xo Orpheus: 50 New Myths, forthcoming in September 2013 from Penguin. Her most recent children's book is The Girl Who Wouldn't Brush Her Hair, illustrated by Jake Parker (Random House/Schwartz and Wade). Other picture books include The Lonely Book, illustrated by Chris Sheban, an "Amazon Best Books of the Month" selection, and The Girl in The Castle inside The Museum, illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli, which was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2008. She founded and edits the literary journal Fairy Tale Review and has spoken on fairy tales as a contemporary form at such places as The Museum of Modern Art, Harvard University, Washington University in St. Louis, and elsewhere. She teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Arizona.

Customer Reviews

The illustrations are astounding, and the story is haunting.
Donna
The story is a sweet one and Nicoletta illustrates it beautifully, very detailed.
L. Goodie
She can't speak, has no friends, can only dream of doing things.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The Well-Read Child on April 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a picture book unlike any book I've ever read. The premise is that there is a girl who lives in a castle inside a museum. The castle is encased in a glass globe, and when children come to the museum, they press their noses against the glass globe and get a glimpse of the girl in the castle. When the children leave at night, she gets lonely even though she is surrounded by beautiful things. At night she dreams of children her own size visiting her, and "sometimes the girl in the castle even dreams about you." Her solution for overcoming her loneliness is to hang a picture of you, the reader, on the wall beside her bed. The last line of the book, "Do you see her? She sees you." EEEK!

I really like it because it is different, and has an ethereal, dream-like aura that takes me to another world. Nicoletta Ceccoli's soft clay model, acrylic, and digital media illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, and in fact, they are the most beautiful illustrations I've seen in a picture book yet. They, along with the story, will captivate the reader.

Kate Bernheimer has hit a home run with her first children's book, and I will definitely look for more from her in future.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Hamilton on September 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I gave this book to my four and a half year-old granddaughter. After we had read it a few times over a few days, her mother asked her, "Is that a good book?" Caitlin replied in her matter-of-fact way, "It is a WONDERFUL book." I agree, but I was more interested in what she thought. I now give the book regularly as a gift to other families.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By CVS on February 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My new favorite picture book! The story is simple and sweet, thank goodness because you won't be able to tear your eyes away from the artwork long enough to really appreciate any more than that. It's a story about a legend of a girl who lives inside of a castle that is on display at a museum. I really loved that, as I am a big advocate of children patronizing museums from an early age and learning to appreciate and admire exhibits. In the end, the child can leave a part of themselves in this story. Enjoy!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Pause on June 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
We took this book out from the Library. The illustrations are striking and unique! However, the story, about a lonely girl who lives in a castle inside glass globe, leaves one feeling sad. Also, there really is no story line, as someone else pointed. I was torn between giving it three stars or two. The Pictures are truly a work of art so I will give it three, but the story leaves a lot to be desired.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By nevina VINE VOICE on February 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is beautifully illustrated. So much so that my 7yr old daughter exclaimed " we have to write to the artist" while reading this book. I do agree with other reviewers that there wasn't much of a plot. We did spend more time pouring over the details in the pictures than we did on the story.
One very negative aspect of this book for us was the Typesetting ( not sure if that is the correct term but most of the text was written on a dark background which made it extremly difficult to decipher. My daughter has a mild visual impairment that makes it difficult for her to see low contrast items. This book was a real challenge to read because of that.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on March 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this book because I love the artwork of Nicoletta Ceccoli. This book does not disappoint. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful with fantastical details. The story is very imaginative. It would be a wonderful book for a child. However, this one I'm keeping for myself.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Maya's mom on April 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
We have lots of books for our 5-year old daughter, and this one is not a favorite. The illustrations are interesting, but the story is fairly boring and a little creepy. The premise is that there is a little girl who lives in a castle in a museum. She is lonely and dreams of people visiting her. The book is quite short and ends with the girl being satisfied with a picture of the reader (child) to hang in her room to keep her company.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Goodie on February 16, 2010
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I bought this book for the pictures, I love Nicoletta Ceccoli's work. The story is a sweet one and Nicoletta illustrates it beautifully, very detailed. This is a book the whole family will love, both young and old. I myself, will display it.
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