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When a 10-year-old boy wishes to be delivered from a boring afternoon, a creature takes him to the Holiday House. "Barker masterfully embroiders this fantasy world with a mounting number of grim, even gruesome details," wrote PW, "in a tale that manages to be both cute and horrifying." Ages 10-up.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
YA-- What teens could resist an opening line like "The great gray beast February had eaten Harvey Swick alive"? Harvey succumbs to the lure of instant pleasure, and lives to battle his way back to the real world twice , in order to regain all that he has lost. Lots of white space and full-page black-and-white illustrations invite readers to harken back to their younger days and the pleasures of folk and fairy tale collections. A candidate for reading aloud, this new twist on the fable genre may lead to independent writings or a new appreciation of the form. Layered with both supernatural elements and a large dose of horror, this one will entice fantasy fans to broaden their reading interests.
- Barbara Hawkins, Oakton High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I started reading this book when i was 13. There was a copy of it in my library at school funny enough. Anyways i had to return it before i finished it much to my dismay. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2003 by Victoria
Don't make the mistake in thinking this is ANOTHER cliché haunted house story, which is what I thought it would be when I first picked it up. It really isn't.Published on Oct. 11 2003
Someone who is only familiar with Clive Barker's more graphic adult horror novels and stories may be surprised by the lighter tone of this book. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2003 by Babytoxie
The diction is written like a child's faerie tale, completely descriptive and abundant in lush similes, metaphors, colors, sounds, smells, shapes, sizes, feelings, textures,... Read morePublished on May 27 2003 by "conjuresomething"
I am an adult, and during procrastination time I read this book. It is great. It talks exactly about a boy who wants it to be holiday season all the time. Read morePublished on April 28 2003 by Amazon Customer
This book is a decent book for those 14 and under. I'm 16 and read it as it was recomended to me by my brother. I found the plot to be predictable and somewhat boring. Read morePublished on April 1 2003
that's exactly what this book is. the vivid detail from the setting to the characters feelings is astounding. Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2003 by ThrashDemon