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Who remembers the title of this fabulous, but slightly creepy children's book?

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pennyink Tue 02-Jul-13 17:27:26

A girl was very sick. She was given or found a stubby pencil and amused herself by drawing a big house. In her dreams she visited the house, so she drew a young boy at the window. She drew some large boulders around the house, and after an argument with the boy, added eyes. They then had to escape from the house...

It was a brilliant, brilliant read, and I would love to give it to dd. Anyone remember the title? I read it in the late 1970s.

pinkthechaffinch Tue 02-Jul-13 17:29:51

Marianne dreams by catherine store

pennyink Tue 02-Jul-13 17:31:44

Wow, that's amazing - spot on. One of my most memorable childhood books! Thank so much.

hexagonal Tue 02-Jul-13 17:38:17

my first thought reading this was that it sounds like the film Paperhouse, I've just checked and it's based on the book! the film definitely isn't for children though

pinkthechaffinch Tue 02-Jul-13 17:38:31

No worries smile

pinkthechaffinch Tue 02-Jul-13 17:39:34

I was in a play of it when I was 11. I was the doctor!

TheOriginalSteamingNit Tue 02-Jul-13 17:39:50

Loved Marianne Dreams! Not the light....

pennyink Tue 02-Jul-13 17:44:09

I'd forgotten Not the light

Actually I told dd all about it, and made it sound a bit too spooky for her! Going to buy it and keep it until she is ready because it is on my 'must read' list!

Marianne Dreams - it's lovely. If you live in Birmingham, I've just taken one to the charity shop! What a pity this thread wasn't last week - I could have posted it to you.

RoooneyMara Tue 02-Jul-13 17:47:51


There was a sequel too

pennyink Tue 02-Jul-13 17:55:01

Thanks for the thought Remus

TheOriginalSteamingNit Tue 02-Jul-13 17:59:22

'Marianne and mark' - very odd, in a different way!

Campaspe Tue 02-Jul-13 19:08:25

I think it was by the same author who wrote the Clever Polly/Stupid Wolf stories - very unusual and symbolic. I googled her and found out she was a psychiatrist and she committed suicide. Her life story sounds very interesting a nd I think it's a great shame more isn't known about her.

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Tue 02-Jul-13 19:36:09

Ooh I loved Paperhouse. Had a very sad ending though.

pennyink Tue 02-Jul-13 19:50:23

That's really sad camp. Have just googled her obits. I can't wait to read this again. X

pennyink Tue 02-Jul-13 19:52:35

Am going to buy the sequel Marianne and Mark... Actually quite excited at the thought of reading it,

PseudoBadger Tue 02-Jul-13 19:52:52

Marianne Dreams is fantastic I may have re-read it in the last few years

TheOriginalSteamingNit Tue 02-Jul-13 23:06:31

Yes, she wrote Clever Polly, which I adored reading out loud to the dds at bedtime: funniest and most vocabulary expanding children's books ever!

Devora Tue 02-Jul-13 23:14:49

Oh, I love Marianne Dreams.

Anyone remember Charlotte Sometimes?

TheOriginalSteamingNit Tue 02-Jul-13 23:16:04


pennyink Wed 03-Jul-13 15:52:24

Me too - have just ordered Charlotte Sometimes as well. Fabulous book. I have never read Clever Polly but think dd2 would love it... Going to get that too.

Love Charlotte Sometimes - one of my all time faves.
'Playing Beatie Bow' anyone?

Devora Wed 03-Jul-13 22:49:27

No, who's that by?

How about The Dunkirk Crossing? I wept for about 48 hours straight after reading that. Or Summer of my German Soldier? Or The Silver Sword? [hobbles away sniffing and misty-eyed]

SorrelForbes Wed 03-Jul-13 22:51:34

I still re-read Charlotte Sometimes. A wonderful book (only with the original ending of course!)

IceNoSlice Wed 03-Jul-13 22:55:57

Devora - the Silver sword... Was that set in Poland in WWII, centred around child refugees?

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