The Yellow House by Blake Morrison


The Yellow House by Blake Morrison

This is a favorite back in print! A child discovers, in the old house and overgrown garden she passes every day, that wonders wait in secret. One day, on the way to the park, a little girl climbs the gate of an old yellow house. Although no one has lived there for a very long time, a little boy suddenly appears before her. 'Come and play with me', he beckons. He leads her through an enchanted garden, showing her all its marvellous inhabitants: a tiger playing with its cubs in the long grass, a dolphin leaping in the goldfish pond, a pelican roosting high in the apple tree. Then the mysterious boy is gone, the girl's mother is calling, and all is as it was before. In this well-loved picture book, Blake Morrison and Helen Craig bring us to a place where, for a moment, magic is real. Award-winning poet Blake Morrison's gentle, lyrical tale continues to enchant more than twenty years after its first publication. Helen Craig's delicate etchings perfectly complement the enigmatic text.

About the Author

Blake Morrison has written fiction, poetry, journalism, literary criticism and libretti, as well as adapting plays for the stage. Since 2003, Blake has been Professor of Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College. He lives in south London. Helen Craig began illustrating children's books in 1969 and has since then completed over sixty picture books, including sixteen titles about her popular mouse character Angelina Ballerina. Helen usually works in watercolour but she illustrated The Yellow House using etchings and aquatints. She now lives outside Cambridge.

More books by this author

Other Formats

Book Info


32 pages
Interest Age: 3+


Blake Morrison
More books by Blake Morrison


Publication date

5th May 2011



It is THE website to use for narrowing down your search for any book. Definitely knocks the socks off any other book review website.

Nickey and Tomasz Hawryszczuk

I love Lovereading4kids because I get an opportunity to put my opinion forward and to try new books

Elosie Clarkson – age 11

This company is amazing; not only is it is a great opportunity to get books and review them but everyone is so friendly and supportive!

Jemma Rubens, age 10

At @HHSHaringey we love @lovereading4kids because our pupils can practice reviewing & get free upcoming books before anyone else!

Helen Swinyard – Heartlands High

LoveReading4Kids is a modern and creative way of emphasising the value and importance of books in this digital age #booksforlife

Amrit Bunet – Teen

I have told all my friends, family & teachers to see for themselves just how great the site is. Without fail, they are hugely impressed.

Alexander Boxall – age 11

Lovereading is just a convenient way to find new books and hear others opinions on them.

Sarah Murray – age 15

It’s a community united by a passion for books and promoting the best there is in children’s literature.

Sam Bateman and family

Lovereading 4 schools