No Flying in the House

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Annabel Tippens seems like an ordinary little girl, with short blond hair and very good manners. But Annabel is actually quite unusual. Instead of parents, she has Gloria, a tiny white dog who talks and wears a gold collar. Annabel never wonders why her life is different, until one day a cat named Belinda tells her the truth -- she's not just a little girl, she's half fairy! But now that she knows the truth, will her whole life have to change?

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Overview

Annabel Tippens seems like an ordinary little girl, with short blond hair and very good manners. But Annabel is actually quite unusual. Instead of parents, she has Gloria, a tiny white dog who talks and wears a gold collar. Annabel never wonders why her life is different, until one day a cat named Belinda tells her the truth -- she's not just a little girl, she's half fairy! But now that she knows the truth, will her whole life have to change?

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Children's Literature - Dia L. Michels
Annabel Tippens doesn't think it strange that she doesn't have real parents. She has Gloria, a three-inch dog who talks. One day an evil cat named Belinda tells her that she is not just any little girl-she is half fairy, the daughter of Fairy Princess Felicia! Annabel can do lots of things that other kids can't do, like kiss her elbow and fly around the house. But being a fairy isn't all fun and games, and Annabel must make a choice. At 139 pages, this middle reader is a warm and charming story. Line drawings help bring the text to life. 1982 (orig.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064401302
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1982
  • Series: Harper Trophy Bks.
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 105,334
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.66 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Betty Brock is the author of several books for young children. She has two grown daughters and lives in Alexandria, VA.

Wallace Tripp has illustrated many books for children, including Come Back, Amelia Bedelia. He lives in California.

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No Flying in the House


By Betty Brock

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Betty Brock
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0064401308

Chapter One

One morning before breakfast Mrs. Vancourt stepped out on her terrace to look at the ocean. On the stone railing, watching a sea gull fall out of sight below the cliffs, sat a tiny white dog. It was only three inches high and three inches long. Almost hidden under its short white fur was a solid-gold collar engraved with the word Gloria.

"Amazing!" exclaimed Mrs. Vancourt, placing Gloria in her palm. "I thought you were a toy! Are you a puppy?"

The dog's blue eyes, searching her wrinkled face, were calm and clear.

Mrs. Vancourt shook her head. "No, you are definitely not a puppy. But what an incredible specimen. Only three inches high! Do you know any tricks?"

Gloria wagged her short curly tail. "A few, she answered.

Mrs. Vancourt glanced around the terrace. Except for the clog, she was alone.

"It was only the roar of the surf," she told herself. But to make sure, she asked again, "D0 you know any tricks?"

This time Gloria answered in a very loud voice, "About three hundred and sixty-seven!"

With a shaking hand, Mrs. Vancourt put on the glasses hanging from a gold chain around her neck. "You did say 'three hundred and sixty-seven,'" she said, looking Gloria right in the eye, "didn't you?"

"Give or take afew," said Gloria.

"Incredible!" said Mrs. Vancourt. "A talking dog!"

"Most people are surprised at first," said Gloria. "If I startled you, I'm sorry."

"I thought I was losing my mind!" said Mrs. Vancourt. "How did you get on my terrace? Are you lost?"

"Not exactly," said Gloria. "As a matter of fact, I just arrived in the neighborhood. I'm looking for a home."

Mrs. Vancourt adored small things. "I suppose a talking dog three inches high and three inches long can pick and choose," she said. "What sort of place are you looking for?"

"I'm not particular," said Gloria. "Three meals a day, cozy fires, fresh flowers, birthday cakes, singing, and laughter."

Mrs. Vancourt laughed. What fantastic luck! In exchange for a few comforts this talented dog could be hers! She carried Gloria into her elegant drawing room and placed the little dog carefully on a table beside her chair.

"My dear Gloria," she said, "your search is ended. My home is yours for as long as you care to stay!"

Gloria glanced behind her, through the open French doors to the terrace. "It isn't just for me," she said.

At that moment a child appeared in the doorway. She was three years old, with short blond hair and cheeks as soft as fresh raspberries.

"Come in, Annabel," said Gloria. "I want you to meet Mrs. Vancourt. She has kindly offered us a home."

"Not 'us,' " said Mrs. Vancourt quickly as the child approached the table. "Just you, Gloria. Just you. Nothing was said about a child!"

"Annabel Tippens is well behaved," said Gloria.

"No," said Mrs. Vancourt. "Not a child. Not possibly. Not in this house. I'll never agree to it. Never in a million years."

Calmly, Gloria studied Mrs. Vancourt's determined face. "I couldn't stay without Annabel," she said.

Mrs. Vancourt shook her head. "My house, she said, is not an orphanage!

"Annabel is not an orphan," said Gloria. "Due to circumstances beyond their control, her parents left her in my care.

One day they will return. Our stay with you will be only temporary."

Mrs. Vancourt hesitated. She almost never changed her mind. She looked at Annabel and then at Gloria. "Do you really know three hundred and sixty-seven tricks ?"

Gloria stood up. She flipped her hind legs into the air and ran around in a circle on her front paws. It was a circus-dog's trick, but she accomplished it with incredible ease. Then she did a couple of backflips and a forward roll.

"More!" cried Annabel, clapping her hands.

Starting with a triple roll, Gloria did all her tricks -- jumping, rolling, flying about, her little black nose and paws skimming over the polished table like spots on rolling dice. After trick three hundred and sixty-seven she wasn't even out of breath.

"Now, about Annabel," she said. "Before the sun sets I must find her a home."

In all the capitals of Europe, Mrs. Vancourt had never seen a performance that could compare with this one. She put her glasses on and off a dozen times, trying to make up her mind. She knew that her opportunity to own a live talking dog three inches high and three inches long that did hundreds of tricks might never come again.

"Before the sun sets," repeated Gloria.

Mrs. Vancourt looked at Annabel and forced a smile. Then she picked up Gloria. "Come along then," she said, "it's time for breakfast."

Except for a few servants, Mrs. Vancourt lived alone. Her very large house, surrounded by gardens and smooth lawns, overlooked a wide river where it emptied into the sea. Far out on the horizon a lighthouse stood, like a piece of white chalk against the blue sky.

In the dining room Gloria and Annabel met the plump housekeeper, Miss Peach. Though she had no waist to speak of, Miss Peach moved as briskly as a sergeant major. She carried out Mrs. Vancourt's every wish with military precision, failing only to obey the order to diet. Secretly, Miss Peach carried candy in her pocket.

"A child in the nursery again!" she exclaimed, smiling d0 at Annabel. Miss Peach was accustomed to Mrs. Vancourt's sometimes unusual guests, who ranged from turbaned maharajas to kimonoed Japanese, and her surprise when Gloria said How do you do? registered only in her hind llama-like eyes.

After breakfast Mrs. Vancourt and Miss Peach took Gloria and Annabel up to the old nursery. It was a large plain room with white furniture and a fireplace.

Miss Peach raised the blinds, letting in the bright sunshine. She opened the tall windows and the balcony door to let in the smell of the sea and the roar of the surf breaking against the cliffs below the lawn.

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Excerpted from No Flying in the House by Betty Brock Copyright © 2006 by Betty Brock. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Highly recommended for a magical and charming read!

    This book has been an enchanting favorite of mine for decades. It was greatly enjoyed by my second grade students, as well as my grandchildren. They all sat captivated with every line and page, eagerly awaiting the next chapter. It is a magical story of devotion, loyalty, and love. A tiny, talented, talking dog, Gloria, appears one day on the veranda at the home of high society's Mrs. Vancourt. In tow is young Annabelle, the child Gloria is taking care of for a time while her parents are away. Gloria is seeking a temporary home for Annabelle and herself, for they are a "package deal". Mrs. Vancourt, a collector of fine, wee figurines is very taken with the amazing tiny dog that not only talks but can also do 367 tricks! She is not enthused with the prospect of a child in her household, but she can't pass up this tiny dog and agrees they may both stay. The story is filled with wonderfully crafted characters; Miss Peach, Mrs. Vancourt's housekeeper; Beatrice, Annabelle's new friend from school; Mr. Cattes, an antique dealer; and a mysterious cat named Belinda that does everything in her evil powers to charm Annabelle, try to come between her and Gloria, and reveal the secret of Annabelle's past. It never failed in reading the story that the children would try to kiss their elbows, something Belinda tells Annabelle only fairies can do! The story has a surprise twist in the end, and everyone gets their just reward. Originally published in 1970, this story has not surprisingly stood the test of time! You, too, will find yourself swept up in the fun and suspense!

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  • Posted January 6, 2013

    I read this book soon after it was published and instantly fell

    I read this book soon after it was published and instantly fell in love with it. Now, 30 years later, it is still one of my all-time favorite books, absolutely unforgettable. This story fills me with wonder. It is enchanting!

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  • Posted August 8, 2012

    This is the first book I ever remember checking out from the lib

    This is the first book I ever remember checking out from the library. I couldn't have been more than 6 or 7 years old. LOVED IT. Tried to kiss my elbow through my whole childhood! :) So glad I found it again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2011

    Awesome book! My kids loved it!

    Even if this book is a "classic," it still entertained my kids. Even I got a few laughs from it. It's simple and was easy for my six and seven year old to read and enjoy.

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  • Posted November 7, 2010

    A blast from the past and well remembered...

    Over dinner discussion last night, the question was brought up of "Whats your favorite book?"
    My pick was this one. I have read hundreda (if not thousands of books) in my live and I have a very fond remembrance of this book when I was much younger.
    I lost the copy that I had for many years, so I will be ordering a new one to share with my grandchildren. Hopefully, they will like the book as much as I have.

    Belinda Nadeau
    Monroe, MI

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

    xD

    One summer when I was in fourth grade I READ this book no joke over 10 times I absolutely adore it. Its not hard to read at all but its a good read. Im older and I read like romance books now but this book has something about where most people will love it. So yah read this shiz! Its pretty nice specially for like little girls or elementary girls :) Hope you like it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2010

    Wonderful story!

    I read "No Flying in the House" in elementary school, and I still love it as an adult. It has magic, mystery and excitement, and it has characters who are not exactly what they seem. It would be a great book to read aloud to a school-age child, or for her to read to you--the story is engaging to both children and adults. It's an older book and I think is underrated, but it would be great for kids who like the more modern magical stories like "Harry Potter." It is a little sad, but it ultimately has a happy ending. Can you kiss your elbows? Find out who can in this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2009

    Great All Around Story

    This is a wonderful story that is easy enough for 2nd or 3rd graders to read yet entertaining enough for all ages to enjoy. I found my child asking for me to read more each night before bedtime and would wonder what would happen next.
    I think the author did a fantastic job getting the value of family and love across with the use of the main character. I think by using characters such as a talking pet dog and a talking cat the author is able to connect and captivate children in a way to draw them into the story easier. As the story builds it isn't until the very end we learn if Annabelle (the main character) learns the importance of family as she is faced with a very important decision.
    I would recommend this book for all children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

    Love this story!

    I read this book as a child and love it now as much as I did then. My 4th-grader enjoyed reading it and my first-graders like hearing the story, too. It's a fun, exciting story.
    "No Flying in the House" is a simple precursor to the witchcraft and wizard stories of today. While the characters and plot don't go into terrific detail, they are both loveable and fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2008

    I never read books more than once

    I have never ever ever ever read a book more than once, not ever. But, this book I can see it lying on the floor and I'll pick it up and just start reading it again for the millionth time. So, if you havent ever read it, READ IT!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2006

    This book is the best book I have read in my life!

    This book is the best it has fantasy and panic......... I in courge people to read this book!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2006

    Wonderful Book!

    I am in my early 40's and remember this book from grade school, it was one of my favorite stories. I had to buy it for my daughters, and it has become one of their favorite books as well! Even as an adult, I enjoy re-reading it, I still find myself losing myself in a wonderful imaginary world were little girls can fly and toy cats and dogs can become real.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2004

    Read it in second grade and I still remember it fondly!

    I'm thriteen and I read millions of books. I read this book in second grade and I still look back on this book as one of my Favorites! Read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2004

    One of my all time FAVORITES...

    I am 30 years old, looking for books for my children and this title just popped into my head. I remember going to the bookstore with my mom when I was little, seeing this book on the shelf and picking it out. From the moment I got in the car, I was reading it...I could not put it down. I just loved it and I think that any child would have a ball reading this book. I am going to the bookstore after work to buy this book for my kids...actually I will read it first :) and then pass it along!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2003

    BEST BOOK I EVER READ

    I READ THIS BOOK ABOUT 25 YEARS AGO AND I AM GETTING IT FOR MY CHILDREN TO READ. I LOVED THE BOOK AND COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2003

    Love to Read

    I read this book as a child over 20 years ago. I still remember the title and plot as if it were yesterday. It was the first book that I wanted to read from beginning to end without it being an assignment. I highly recommend it to any parent who needs help getting his/her child to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2002

    YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!

    It has lots of close calls. It¿s funny, magical and mysterious at the same time. It is very unusual. It is very challenging sometimes but you want to figure it out. -The Turquoise Team of CRW

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2000

    Loved it from start to finish!!!

    I actually got a hold of this book during my teaching internship this year. My mentor teacher had me use it for read aloud with my second graders. They loved it, and I was hooked. I was just as excited to read it as they were to listen, and every single one of them were on the edge of their seats as I read. I was greeted each morning with questions about when we were going to read, and my kids were eager to predict what was going to happen next. I highly recommend this book as an enjoyable read to both kids and parents. It is a WONDERFUL read aloud book that everyone will enjoy!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2000

    The book that started an obsession

    In the second grade I wasn't much of a reading buff. Sister Claudine lent this book to me with the caution that if I didn't like this book, I would never like to read. I loved it so much as a child and even now, as an adult, I fondly finger the well worn pages of the copy I insisted on having when I had to give Sister Claudine's back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 1999

    WONDERFUL!

    This was one of my favorite childhood books. I am now encouraging my daughters to read it! It's charming and fanciful, and just plain fun! Made me almost believe 'I' could fly!!!

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