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  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • The Curse of the Blue Figurine
  • John Bellairs
  • English
  • 26 October 2017
  • 9780142402580

10 thoughts on “The Curse of the Blue Figurine

  1. says:

    the place a small town the time America during the Korean war the hero little Johnny Dixon, bookish and fascinated by history, a fussy boy and a lonely one his mother having recently died and his father off to war, leaving him in the care of his grandparents Johnny is thoughtful and curious, which leads to the problem after he steals a quaint blue figurine from a church basement, a dark spectre from the past sets his sights on the lad, seeking to return to life through him Bellairs tells his story in tones of rainy gray and earthy brown and shadowy black, creating an absorbingly oppressive atmosphere that mirrors Johnny s slow breakdown a gothic tale for the little ones despite the darkness, Bellairs is a master at adding the light and warm touch here and there, in just the right places, just enough to make the story effectively heartwarming while avoiding anything remotely maudlin the novel also features some of the most charming yet realistic senior citizens I ve read about in a while Johnny s special friend the professor is a predictable favorite, but I also loved grouchy Gramma and minds his own business Grandpa.it features a timeless lesson all kids everywhere should always keep in mind if an adult is doing odd things with you and then insisting you keep it a secret don t keep it a secret


  2. says:

    Nutty people don t rat on you Nice, friendly, ordinary next door neighbor types they would rat on you and think nothing of it John Bellairs The Curse of the Blue FigurineThe plot is simple enough, a lonely boy gets caught up in an epic magical adventure, involving a magical ring, a cursed statue, and a ghostly body thief It s great stuff and terrifying at times I couldn t put this down and devoured it In the end, this was a fun, Victorian, Gothic adventure I only wish I had gotten caught up in Johnny Dixon s world when I was a kid.A fun read all the way around I m excited to go on adventures with Johnny the professor


  3. says:

    I can t believe many of these John Bellairs s books are going out of print They are some great middle grade mystery, gothic and horror all rolled into one story I read this for the first time and I enjoyed this little book set up in New England Johnny find this little blue Egyptian figurine in the basement of a church one day and it starts all kinds of trouble His cranky neighbor, professor Childermass helps him by being a friend The end is rather thrilling This is a quick read for middle grade literature Find a copy and give this a read Good stuff.


  4. says:

    Nutty people don t rat on you Nice, friendly, ordinary next door neighbor types they would rat on you and think nothing of it.


  5. says:

    Of all the authors who had a major impact on my psyche growing up, John Bellairs and his frequent illustrator Edward Gorey cannot be overstressed His mix of children s YA and Edwardian uncanny horror sounds like it should not work and maybe to some it does not work but it blew my mind as a kid, and still holds up on revisiting decades later Bellairs was rarely open in his use of M R James or E F Benson iconography than here, with Father Baart and his ornately carved altarpiece seemingly ripped directly from a Jamesian sinister minister type Yet somehow, this mix of the old and florid with the simple and homespun doesn t jar, it clicks directly into place.


  6. says:

    I stumbled on this old edition notice I didn t select the non Gorey illustrated edition for shame publishers for shame Gorey s illustrations were as much a part of the experience as Bellairs words in the Goodwill last season An unfortunate head cold left me longing for simpler reading fare and Bellairs lived up to my middle school memories A solid mystery with real characters You better beat Summer to the old editions wherever you may find them before she snatches up every last Gorey illustrated edition


  7. says:

    One of my favorite books by John Bellairs


  8. says:

    I loved every ingenious intricacy of The House With A Clock In Its Walls , wondering why I didn t know John Bellairs as a child Johnny Dixon s series depicts 1951 instead of 1983 but books by John, who died in 1991, are special I hope the ones continued for him are well done The Curse Of The Blue Figurine did not approach the former s mysteriousness and ostentatious wonderment A professor friend provides eccentricity and Grampa, joviality Johnny solely lost a Mom and has a Dad in the military, different from Lewis Barnavelt Grama is prudish but loving and stable Johnny deals with a violent peer, jealous over his scholarly skill He stops being open with his guardians, after taking a curiosity from their church s basement that might confirm the professor s tale about a priest s ghost The metaphysical emerges slowly but was doubted most of the way through Belated confirmation detracted the sensation of reader and protagonist landing in a wacky atmosphere of infinite possibilities I was kept wondering when the woo woo factors or ancient connections might take centre stage Even though the figurine mimicked an Egyptian item, this novel never delved into that territory Johnny s unexplained ordeal did take a physical toll, so he and the professor share a fun mountain trip When they reach an ill chosen town, there is no doubt Tumultuous action and spookiness suddenly grow heart thumping John s creativity is still admirable His less tantalizing work nonetheless merits four stars The sequels may well build up steam I wonder if it was too grand a possibility to recreate Lewis Barnavelt s calibre, at least in an opening volume I appreciate John s obvious compassion for children overcoming difficulty In the 1970s and 1980s, his spotlights banished away loss and bullying This story too was in the hands of a sensitive original.


  9. says:

    Bellairs is scary and yet comforting But genuinely scary I enjoyed these books when I was young and find them still exactly the same.


  10. says:

    I was so happy to find this first book in the Johnny Dixon series at the book sale a few weeks ago My local library has never had this book and so I have only heard about the story from his later books.This is just a creepy ghost possession book on the surface, but Johnny and the Professor are such rich characters and we get to see the beginning of their very strange friendship developed, including the discovery that the Professor has a fuss closet in his house to help let off steam, and that he used to do intelligence work in the war so he knows how to sneak around tailing people Reading these as an adult I notice how much religion and prayer are a part of Johnny s daily life, and how little support a boy in that era had against bullies and the like And of course, how much freedom kids had to roam, and the innocent view of his relationship with the crochety old guy down the street.A fun little adventure I m looking forward to rereading the rest of this series.


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About the Author: John Bellairs

John Bellairs 1938 1991 was an American novelist working primarily in the Gothic genre He is best known for the children s classic The House with a Clock in its Walls 1973 and for the pathbreaking fantasy novel The Face in the Frost 1969 Bellairs held a bachelor s degree from Notre Dame University and a master s in English from the University of Chicago He combined writing and teaching from 1963 to 1971, including a year at