As soon as I heard about the Teacup House series I was intrigued. As a child I never owned a dolls’ house but I spent all of my time creating small worlds and building Lego homes. My favourite possession was a Quality Street tin filled with miniature tea cups, food and various household items so the opportunity to meet the Twitches, four tiny toy rabbits who live inside a tea cup, was not to be missed.
The Teacup House is given to Stevie Gillespie by her Nanny Blue on the day that she is moving from her flat in a tower block to a cottage in the countryside miles away. The only good thing about moving would be that she would be living closer to her dad but Stevie is sad to leave her school, her friends and her room where she loved to watch the clouds and think.
Teacup House is not a doll’s house, rather it is home to a toy rabbit family. There is a father, mother, sister and brother rabbit, Gabriel, Bo, Silver and Fig. These toy rabbits have a secret. They come alive when Stevie isn’t looking. During the move Gabriel gets dropped in the garden and Silver has to find an ingenious way to rescue him and bring him back to Teacup House.
The story is beautifully written, well-plotted and is pitched perfectly for readers of six years upwards. The language is rich but accessible and has a lovely warmth and gentle humour that makes it ideal for reading aloud.
The author and illustrator are perfectly matched too. Hayley Scott loves tiny things and when she was little she used to make tiny furniture for fairy houses, and Pippa Curnick describes herself as a bookworm and bunny owner. Her delightful illustrations enliven every page of the book. I loved looking at the titles of the Twitch-sized books.
I am looking forward to meeting the feisty Stevie again and seeing what adventures and scrapes she and the Twitches get into next!
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Teacup House sounds just the right sort of book for a six year old reader, Lynda.
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