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Racketty-Packetty House

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Book Overview: 

When Tidy Castle arrives, brand-new and grand in every way, the Racketty-Packetty House has never looked shabbier, and it is shoved in the corner of Cynthia's nursery. But the Racketty family still dances, sings, and laughs louder than all the fancy dolls combined. When a real-life princess visits the nursery, the Rackettys learn that the humans are planning to destroy their house. Only a miracle -- or some very unusual magic -- can save them now!

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .manskeg could have married any minute if they had liked. There were two cock sparrows and a gentleman mouse, who proposed to them over and over again. They all three said they did not want fashionable wives but cheerful dispositions and a happy, home. But Meg and Peg were like Ridiklis and could not bear to leave their families—besides not wanting to live in nests, and hatch eggs—and Kilmanskeg said she would die of a broken heart if she could not be with Ridiklis, and Ridiklis did not like cheese and crumbs and mousy things, so they could never live together in a mouse hole. But neither the gentleman mouse nor the sparrows were offended because the news was broken to them so sweetly and they went on visiting just as before. Everything was as shabby and disrespectable and as gay and happy as it could be until Tidy Castle was brought into the nursery and then the whole family had rather a fright.





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I suppose I'm rounding up -- in a way. I was delighted to find this book, and enjoyed it as much as I did, largely because of its connection to one of my favorite children's books, A Little Princess. In that book, born storyteller Sara Crewe tells another child about her fancy that dolls, when we...more

MAGNIFICENT! This book is a dose of happiness for the world, and I cannot believe how it has been forgotten by time. In the same way that "Wind in the Willows" shows us we should accept our friends and their flaws, this book shows that everything works to the good once we realize that nothing goo...more

This is one of those childhood books I always remembered, not the title, just the story of a neglected dollhouse and the wonderful dolls within it. Then I was browsing Amazon and there it was. I ordered it to read on Christmas and it was as wonderful as I remember.

It was worth reading again. I al...more

I discovered this novella tucked amongst my favorite Burnett books on the library shelf. It was an absolute delight to read and ranks as one of my favorite Burnett books of all time. It is sweet and charming, featuring Burnett's classic themes of humanity and pride. It is very clean, with only so...more

A fine book about fine people, er dolls. The fun kind that all the fairies want to hang out with. And also some snooty ones wearing labelled clothing (branding themselves voluntarily, the sillies) who are not fun. Quite uptight social wannabes.

i think Rackety-Packety House may have been the site...more

I'm actually not a huge fan of Burnett's other more popular works, but she hits the ball out of the park with this one! Adorable novella about two families of dolls - one poor and neglected but happy, the other rich and admired but terribly snooty, and a passel of fairies that play a role in savi...more

A humorous tale that I would have loved as a child. This brings meaning to the old saying, 'One person's trash is another person's treasure.'

... The house itself is a perfect sight,
And everybody's dressed like a perfect fright,
But no one cares a single jot
And each one giggles over his lot ...

I ca...more

I read this book aloud to my 6- and 8-year-old girls. It begins with a letter from the narrator, the fairy Queen Crosspatch: "Now this is the story about the doll family I liked and the doll family I didn't." It's a charming story about 2 dollhouses and the "families" that inhabit them. Tidy Cast...more

It's fun to read a children's book now and then, especially if it's a gem like this one! I love Frances Hodgson Burnett, so I was intrigued by this book, which I had not heard of before. It's about two dollhouses and their inhabitants, as well as the fairies who save the day. What more could you...more

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