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Toots and Upside down House
     

Toots and Upside down House

by Carol Hughes
 





Toots can't remember her mother, but her father has never been able to

forget. Since her death, he's spent more and more time immersed in his stamp

collection, and less and less time with Toots. It is on one particularly lonely

afternoon that Toots first see a small, pudgy fairy walking across the living

room

Overview





Toots can't remember her mother, but her father has never been able to

forget. Since her death, he's spent more and more time immersed in his stamp

collection, and less and less time with Toots. It is on one particularly lonely

afternoon that Toots first see a small, pudgy fairy walking across the living

room ceiling. Before she knows what's happened, Toots finds hersellf reduced to

the size of a mouse in an upside-down world where hardworking fairies protect

the house against evil sprites and unctuous goblins. Toots must battle with

good and evil, both outside and inside herself, before finding her way back

down to earth and renewing her love for her widowed dad. Carol Huges makes a

dazzling debut with this rare, special book that combines fantasy and adventure

with the real, everyday issues of love and loss. Here is a magical middle-grade

novel that children—and parents—will come back to again and again.




Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
First-time novelist Hughes offers an inverted perspective of the world in this whimsical British import featuring the neglected daughter of a dedicated philatelist and an unconventional fairy-in-training. Touched by Olive the fairy's magic, Toots shrinks to near invisibility and rises up (feet first) into a well-organized network of fairies busily combating the mischief of goblins and sprites, who threaten to flood the house and thus ruin Mr. Wheate's precious stamp collection. Caught in a battle between destroyers and preservers, Toots learns about temptation, love and courage when her beloved teddy bear is captured. While the framework and archetypal characters are familiar, there is also much to spark the imagination in the author's invention of an elaborate hierarchy of tiny, mythical creatures. Pencil drawings by the three illustrators, whose styles differ markedly, capture the humorous aspects of portly, bespectacled Olive and the shifting moods of Toots. Readers who seek fantasy mingled with real-life conflicts will relish this adventure. Ages 8-12. (May)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-5Upset at her father for ignoring her after the death of her mother, Toots discovers an upside-down world in her ceiling. Whisked there by a Olive, a fat, cobweb-wielding house fairy, she becomes instrumental in helping the fairies defeat the evil Jack Frost, the sprites, and the house goblins. A labored plot, superficially developed secondary characters, and a confusion of rules that govern the gravity-defying ceiling world make this a difficult read for all but the most committed fantasy readers. A subplot involving a lost stuffed bear given to Toots by her mother and returned by her now-attentive father at the story's end. Murky black-and-white drawings done by a three-person consortium do little to save this overwrought offering. Stick with books about the Littles by John Peterson, the Borrowers by Mary Norton, and the Mennyms by Sylvia Waugh.Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754060376
Publisher:
BBC Audiobooks America
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.45(d)

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