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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Paperback – February 11, 2005

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"No ordinary jokesmith, Mr. Hodgins is light and expert."
-- The New York Times

"Anyone thinking of buying a home in the country (and who isn't?) should read this book for its practical lessons in real-estate values...the theme of unforeseen costs is sufficiently familiar to everyone to evoke nods of sympathy and smiles of understanding, especially when Mr. Blandings, in a fitting climax, faced a damage suit for intimating that one of his earlier architects had shown poor taste."
-- The Christian Science Monitor

"Mr. Blandings' skinning by real-estate men, architects, contractors, and plumbers should provide the reader with a lot of sadistic satisfaction, if it isn't too uncomfortably reminiscent."
-- The New Yorker

About the Author

William Steig (1907–2003) was a cartoonist, illustrator, and author of award-winning books for children. Most notably Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, for which he received the Caldecott Medal; The Amazing Bone, a Caldecott Honor book; Amos & Boris, a National Book Award Finalist; and Abel’s Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor books. Steig is also the creator of Shrek! which inspired the Dreamworks films. Steig also received the Christopher Award, the Irma Simonton Black Award, the William Allen White Children’s Book Award, the America Book Award, and Society of Illustrators Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also the US nominee for both of the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Awards as an illustrator in 1982, and then as an author in 1988. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Steig, and four children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (February 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743262328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743262323
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Richard Dicanio on August 11, 2006
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How can a book written in postwar 1946 have any relevance today you say? Just try to buy or build a home from scratch and you'll see.Even people who are remodeling a few rooms as I just did can relate to the wonderfully agonizing world of contractors,builders, workman who 'get it wrong',supplies,appliances,change orders,delays and costs which never seem to end up totaling what you were told at the start of the job.I loved and admired the movie which is and always will be a true classic. But I always wanted to read the book as Cary Grant can be seen doing at the very end of the movie.Well I did and boy was it right on the money.I couldn't put it down and can't remember laughing so much as I compared notes and emotions with Mr. Blandings after each chapter.It is interesting to note the changes which were made from book to movie but they don't amount to much as each version has its own merits.It is written in a manner that is still fresh for todays reader and is wholesome and easy on the mind and intellect.Just plain fun with the ring of correctness with regard to building terminology and what problems and stressors the homeowner/builder faces even today.This book should be mandatory reading for all who aspire to home ownership one day.Get it and make it the first book you put on your new library shelf in your new or old home.That is if you can afford it.That new library might turn out to be a closet if your not careful with the plans.
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I was walking through a model home a few years ago and this book was one of the "props" on display on the bookshelf. I picked it up and after a few minutes decided I would have to get my own copy. My wife and I went through the home-building process early in our marriage and this book brought back much of the humor and heartache of that experience - mainly the humor. Hodgins was a polished writer with a keen sense of humor. This book was written over a half-century ago but the joys and agonies of building a home have not changed - except for the prices! It is a "must" for anyone who wishes to buy an ancient home and bring it into modern times. The Blandings started with that idea and ended up tearing the old house down and starting over. This book provides a smiling look at human nature and the people encountered along the road to a dream house, including real estate agents, home sellers, well drillers, carpenters, plumbers, meddling neighbors, and all the rest. Nothing is more fun or frustrating than watching your own home grow from a hole in the ground to a castle in the sky. I recommend this book to those lucky people who get to have that experience at least once in their lives.
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One of the great comic reads of all time. If you liked Cary Grant and Myrna Loy in the movie, you will love the book even more. Also look for the equally funny sequel, Blanding's Way--sadly out of print, but easily located on rare book websites.
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Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House is simply one of the best pieces of humorous prose ever written. It is witty, urbane and insightful. A must read for any first time home builder.
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I love the writer's habit of lovingly insulting his now-famous characters at every opportunity, without causing the reader to lose respect for them.

This is a story full of irony, folly, pride, hope, and of course laughs. If you saw the Grant-Loy movie by the same name and enjoyed it, you will also love this book. Likewise, if you somehow got your hands on the book and loved it, you HAVE to see the movie!
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After seeing the movie several times, I thought that maybe I would like the book it came from. I was able to find a paperback of "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House'. The book is over 50 yeas old and still well worth the investment.
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I am an architect who designs custom home remodeling projects. I lend this book to some of my clients, for fun, and to help them develop the sense of perspecive that is sooo helpful for living with the million decisions and surprises of remodeling your house. Fifty years old or not, it's a hoot. The movie of the same name, also from the '40s, with Myrna Loy and some famous man, Clark Cable? misses most of the fun of the book.
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By F. R . on August 23, 2014
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The book I got is a hardcover library copy, 1974 edition (40 year old!). The book is like new! I am very pleased with my purchase. PS Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House is a beautifully written and funny book, a nice complement to the Cary Grant and Myrna Loy's movie.
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