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Dream House, The Hardcover – September 1, 1997

4.4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Kindergarten-Grade 3?Lucas has always dreamed of building the perfect house and the time has finally come to leave his apartment and do it. However, his site?an island?is small so the wood-walled bedroom must be built atop the stone-walled kitchen. The bearded, bespectacled man enjoys the project so much he stacks on several more rooms, capping the tower with a wind-chime room where walls are strung with bits of glass, smooth stones, and shells. Then Lucas and his cat want someone else to appreciate the beauty of it all. During a fierce squall, the tower is magically transformed into a bridge, bringing hoards of children to play and ending the man's loneliness. "Simply magical!" says Lucas. Gentle, luminous, nearly translucent watercolors perfectly portray the sea, the slightly eccentric builder, and the joyous ending. Fresh as a sea breeze.?Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NE
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: North-South; Tra edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558587497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558587496
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,695,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Celia Small, the prissy Alice-wannabe protagonist, dreams only of her upcoming wedding which she has planned to every neurotic detail. However, events unfolding around her engagement dinner party explode in her face and backfire most miserably.
She shares a house with freaky, free-spirited roommates: Cath, in particular, has baked up a batch of sinfully psycho-tropic jam tarts and is also hosting THE ultimate dress-up theme party- WONDERLAND.
Celia, distressed at the failure of her dinner, escapes to the kitchen and is lured into Cath's world of jam tarts and altered reality. As Celia breaks through barriers by breaking her staid rules of living, she discovers a life worth living, all her own.
Allison Habens tells this "Alice" tale in a fresh, immediate perspective, at times as poetic as Carroll himself albeit not quite as convoluted. The plot, however, does turn as much as a turnstile, but always stylishly and with plenty of character description and dialogue to back it up.
With witty insights into modern, if fanciful relationships, "Dreamhouse" makes for a wonderful find...over tarts and tea...
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I'd love to give this book 5 stars, but the ending kills it for me. (no spoilers here, rest assured)

The story is beautifully crafted; Habens is so creative with her wordplay. It's rare to find a writer with such a tight grasp on double entendre; her wordplay is as entertaining as her plotline.

This might not be the best book for people who are strongly opposed to drug use, alternative lifestyles, and roleplaying parties; it takes an open mind to appreciate this novel. Being a fan of Lewis Carroll's work helps immensely; Habens' take on the classic is clever and amusing.

But for me, the ending fell short. It's in keeping with the surreal tone of the story, and it does not ruin the book...but it could've been handled better. Habens did such an incredible job with the entire story, yet the last 5 pages or so feel like a cop-out...I was more than a bit disappointed. All in all, though, a fun read.
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I was recommended this book by a friend and, being a fan of both Alice in Wonderland and the pastiche form, I ordered it. I have to say that I'm delighted that I did. The novel had so much to chew on, yet was so fast-moving that I devoured the entire thing in one night.

Some users have complained about the novel's "alternative" content, but the fact is that drug use, the transvestism, feminism, etc contribute a perfect structure to the novel's themes of transformation, surreality, and maturation. This is Alice for grownups, and I'm utterly smitten.
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This is one of the weirdest and most wonderful books I have ever read. Be forewarned that you pretty much have to like off-beat writing, but Alison Habens' wordplay and sheer creativity are first rate.

Imagine Wonderland as a communal house shared by extraordinarily mismatched roommates (yeah, I know, I lived there once myself). Now imagine that you are poor dull Celia, meeting your fiancé's straight-laced family for the first time, on the same night that two of the weird roommates are having quite wild parties of their own. Remember that one pill makes you larger..., but any of them will mess you up big time.
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This book is a classic and so much fun to read aloud with kids. The kids and I really love this book and was so happy to find it at a good price and in such great condition!! You must read this book to your children or just read it yourself.
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This book was a fantastic fantasy versus reality with a twist of human nature and womens liberation. I recomend this book for any woman in need of a smile and a little self confidance. Or if you just want a fun read.
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