Finished: Sept. 18, 2007
Reason for Reading: one of the books I chose for the RIP challenge
First Published: 1958
Genre: children's fiction, Gothic
Marianne had looked forward to her tenth birthday as being something special; quite different from any birthday she had yet had, for two reasons.
Comments: Marianne is a bedridden invalid and when she draws a house with a pencil found in her grandmother's sewing basket she finds herself in the drawing whenever she sleeps. In this dream world she meets a lonely boy, also an invalid, and together they become very frightened as the dreams become more sinister. This was a very atmospheric story, both dark and gloomy. There are some quite frightening scenes that I imagine would have scared me as a child. I really enjoyed the plot and found it a very unique premise but at only 204 pages it wasn't developed enough. I'd recommend this if you enjoy British children's books from this era such as Phillipa Pearce or Lucy M. Boston.