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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
The Fantastic House is a children’s adventure by Jennifer Lewis. The McNaughtons discover their new house is not ordinary when they relocate. Joe looks out of a window and sees people wearing outdated swimwear, but they don’t live near the sea. His sister Becky is pulled up the stairs by an unseen force, and Grandma sees odd images in her mirror. When a strange woman named Honey pays them a visit, the house reacts by releasing a foul odour near her. As the family adjusts to their unusual surroundings, they learn the house’s name is Meili. It has a male personality and occasional mood swings. This causes it to behave in an unfriendly manner whenever the meddlesome neighbours trespass. Trouble increases when a tree suddenly appears in the McNaughton’s backyard after one goes missing from the park, and scheming Honey tricks the children into letting her into the house without their parents’ consent.
The first page of The Fantastic House convinced me that rest was also interesting. It is a lively story with peculiar characters who amused me with their ongoing antics and behavior. I liked the plot, which has a mystical charm, and wondered what my own reactions would be if I lived in a house like Meili. Jennifer Lewis is very imaginative and her writing style makes you feel that you are actually a part of the story. Although the ending was unexpected, I thought it fitted the circumstances. The Fantastic House is a lovely adventure that is sure to keep children entertained.