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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
Scott Hook is clearly fascinated by several things, primarily architecture, art, writing, and children, and he uses these interests, and his considerable skills, to present The Lonely House. The reader is taken through one man’s dream of the perfect home and its creation – and the design of many more homes for new neighbours – and into its decline in his old age and after his death, to its resurrection at the hands of a young female architect. Written for children that it may very well interest in architecture and all the other skills associated with building, The Lonely House remains a fascinating story of love, loss, and the rediscovery of happiness. Buy it as a gift for the youngsters in your life and watch them become inspired by The Lonely House.
I enjoyed The Lonely House by Scott Hook very much. It is beautifully illustrated: some of the pictures, such as one showing the house under a blanket of snow and another where it is hidden from view by neglected shrubs and trees, are atmospheric, whilst others show intriguing architectural detail, and the story is told almost completely in rhyme that mentally flows off the tongue. Satisfyingly, a beginning, a middle, and a happy ending make it a story that begs to be read by children, and its accuracy and detail will have a strong appeal for adults too. The Lonely House is likely to claim a place on the bookshelf to be read over and over, a modern classic that will be treasured by families for generations.