Amy Sparkes (author of The House at the Edge of Magic) picks out five recommended children's books featuring magical houses.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
C. S. Lewis
I love the house of Professor Digory Kirke, that the children arrive at after being evacuated from London. One of my favourite quotes in the book is where the Professor says: “I should warn you that this is a very strange house and even I know very little about it.” I adore the fact that the Professor admits there is so much he doesn’t know. So much left to explore. The idea that undiscovered magic is on your doorstep, or possibly even in your bedroom, is wonderful. This remains one of my favourite childhood books.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J. K. Rowling
The higgledy-piggledy nature of The Burrow is tremendous fun. It’s the home of the Weasley family in the Harry Potter books (I have the same number of children as Mrs Weasley and can completely identify with her!). The house is delightfully chaotic, but with so many interesting, magical things to find and ponder upon. I love the imagination behind it. I’d love to visit here and explore it.
The House With Chicken Legs
Sophie Andersen & Elisa Paganelli
The idea of a house that wanders around has always intrigued me. I come from a line of Wanderers, so I think it’s in my blood. I love reading about people – or places – that cannot or will not stay in one place for long.
The Enchanted Wood
My dad used to read this story to me when I was little. I loved the Faraway Tree, which was a magical home to various unusual characters, such as Silky the Fairy, Moon-Face, Dame Washalot and the Saucepan Man. I love that the tree is home to so many different characters, with very different little houses within its trunk.
The House At The Edge of Magic
Amy Sparkes & Ben Mantle
A cheeky addition, but I really hope people enjoy the world I’ve created within the House At The Edge of Magic. There is magic everywhere, and nothing is quite as it seems. There is so much to explore in the House. Even I don’t know what is behind every door, or what is going to happen next there. I’m looking forward to discovering more as I write. I echo the words of Professor Digory Kirke: “I should warn you that is a very strange house and even I know very little about it.” And that is undoubtedly, to me, one of the most exciting things about it.
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