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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House


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I. The Real-Estate Man

II. Meeting of the Minds

III. The Deed

IV. First Lamp of Architecture

V. Second Lamp of Architecture

VI. Happy Interlude

VII. History Is as History Does

VIII. Plans and Elevations

IX. The Financial Angle

X. Bids


XI. Autumn Crocus

XII. Winter Week End

XIII. The Wind in the Windows

XIV. Extras

XV. Le Decor

XVI. Possession

XVII. Fulfillment

About the Author

William Steig (1907-2003) was a cartoonist, illustrator, and author of award-winning books for children. Most notably Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, for which he received the Caldecott Medal; The Amazing Bone, a Caldecott Honor book; Amos & Boris, a National Book Award Finalist; and Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor books. Steig is also the creator of Shrek! which inspired the Dreamworks films. Steig also received the Christopher Award, the Irma Simonton Black Award, the William Allen White Children's Book Award, the America Book Award, and Society of Illustrators Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also the US nominee for both of the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Awards as an illustrator in 1982, and then as an author in 1988. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Steig, and four children.


"No ordinary jokesmith, Mr. Hodgins is light and expert."
-- The New York Times
"Anyone thinking of buying a home in the country (and who isn't?) should read this book for its practical lessons in real-estate values...the theme of unforeseen costs is sufficiently familiar to everyone to evoke nods of sympathy and smiles of understanding, especially when Mr. Blandings, in a fitting climax, faced a damage suit for intimating that one of his earlier architects had shown poor taste."
-- The Christian Science Monitor
"Mr. Blandings' skinning by real-estate men, architects, contractors, and plumbers should provide the reader with a lot of sadistic satisfaction, if it isn't too uncomfortably reminiscent."
-- The New Yorker

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