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A quite humorous story of the Sanders family, Mother, Don and Jane, four-year-old Betsy, and Victoria the cat off to Florida to take possession of the apartment house they've just inherited. A quite humorous story of the Sanders family, Mother, Don and Jane, four-year-old Betsy, and Victoria the cat off to Florida to take possession of the apartment house they've just inherited.


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A quite humorous story of the Sanders family, Mother, Don and Jane, four-year-old Betsy, and Victoria the cat off to Florida to take possession of the apartment house they've just inherited. A quite humorous story of the Sanders family, Mother, Don and Jane, four-year-old Betsy, and Victoria the cat off to Florida to take possession of the apartment house they've just inherited.

30 review for No Children, No Pets

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    I have read this book many times over the past. . . 60 years! My copy is a Weekly Reader Book Club edition and the pages are yellowed around the edges. I read it very carefully now. It is my ultimate comfort book when life is hard and dark. It's wonderfully written with clean, crisp, funny prose and very believable characters in a situation that is engaging, has a touch of mystery, and where the children drive the story, but a very concrete and believable way. I highly recommend it. I have read this book many times over the past. . . 60 years! My copy is a Weekly Reader Book Club edition and the pages are yellowed around the edges. I read it very carefully now. It is my ultimate comfort book when life is hard and dark. It's wonderfully written with clean, crisp, funny prose and very believable characters in a situation that is engaging, has a touch of mystery, and where the children drive the story, but a very concrete and believable way. I highly recommend it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Eloise

    I've read this book numerous times in my life. I first picked it up when I was about 10 years old. 45 years later, I will still pick it up when I want to go to something familiar and loved. A great story! I've read this book numerous times in my life. I first picked it up when I was about 10 years old. 45 years later, I will still pick it up when I want to go to something familiar and loved. A great story!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I loved this book when I was a kid and it was one of my favorites. I still get it out to read from time to time just for the sheer nostalgic value. As a child, I found it fascinating that a group of ordinary children could have an impact on their surroundings and on the people around them. The hint of mystery involved was also a huge draw for me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    One of our summer reads this year...really cute story. The kids loved it because there was this underlying mystery that they are so into right now. They try to figure things out before we get to the end. Love it. We all cheered at the end! :)) I'm loving books that are wholesome and so fun to read to the kids...they are hard to find. Sad. One of our summer reads this year...really cute story. The kids loved it because there was this underlying mystery that they are so into right now. They try to figure things out before we get to the end. Love it. We all cheered at the end! :)) I'm loving books that are wholesome and so fun to read to the kids...they are hard to find. Sad.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Basham

    This is a darling story that I have read with my 8 year old boy over the summer. It was written in 1956 so it has that “old feel” to it, and therefore I enjoyed it more than my son did. It’s not action packed or fast moving, but has a cute story line involving three siblings, an apartment building, a hurricane, and more. Would probably be most enjoyable to girls ages 10 and up. It’s a sweet book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Garden

    This turned up in one of Joe's lots and because it's about living in a ramshackle old apartment building in Florida in the 70s I loved it loved it loved it. This turned up in one of Joe's lots and because it's about living in a ramshackle old apartment building in Florida in the 70s I loved it loved it loved it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    Children's book written in '57 set is 50's Florida. Reread for the 100th time! Children's book written in '57 set is 50's Florida. Reread for the 100th time!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    It is one of my happiest memories reading this book as a child.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Challice

    I wasnt sure what to expect with this story about a poor family inheriting an apartment complex in Florida. However it didn't take long for us to fall madly in love with Don, Jane, Betsy and their new friend, Mike. These darling children won the hearts of the tenants who were accustomed to the previous owners strict rule about No Children and No pets. However, just inheriting a home in FL is not enough to keep the family there. Even though their hearts have been won to the sea, the area, Mike, a I wasnt sure what to expect with this story about a poor family inheriting an apartment complex in Florida. However it didn't take long for us to fall madly in love with Don, Jane, Betsy and their new friend, Mike. These darling children won the hearts of the tenants who were accustomed to the previous owners strict rule about No Children and No pets. However, just inheriting a home in FL is not enough to keep the family there. Even though their hearts have been won to the sea, the area, Mike, and even some of the eccentric tenants, money still remains an issue. Will it be resolved? And will a hurricane be the answer to all their troubles?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Angela Boord

    Read this one to my 9 and 6 year olds, who loved it. Actually, anybody who was in the room sat in to listen, no matter their age, and my 12 yo took it to read for himself. Lots of humor in this one, an unexpected twist at the end, and an interesting look at a very different Florida in the 50's. Read this one to my 9 and 6 year olds, who loved it. Actually, anybody who was in the room sat in to listen, no matter their age, and my 12 yo took it to read for himself. Lots of humor in this one, an unexpected twist at the end, and an interesting look at a very different Florida in the 50's.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy Alva

    Fun kids book that happens in Florida and they go through a hurricane 🌴🌺😎

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura (Book Scrounger)

    This was a cute story (from a simpler time) about a family that moves into an inherited apartment building and goes to work fixing it up, and trying to solve a few mysteries in the process. Sonlight includes it as a kindergarten read-aloud, but I think we'll play it by ear -- it was a fine story, but due to the details and pacing (and multiple characters) I'm afraid it might be a bit much for younger children, and may work better for a slightly older age (or for personal reading for older childr This was a cute story (from a simpler time) about a family that moves into an inherited apartment building and goes to work fixing it up, and trying to solve a few mysteries in the process. Sonlight includes it as a kindergarten read-aloud, but I think we'll play it by ear -- it was a fine story, but due to the details and pacing (and multiple characters) I'm afraid it might be a bit much for younger children, and may work better for a slightly older age (or for personal reading for older children, especially those who enjoy books like The Boxcar Children).

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emmie

    This was such a fun book to read with my kids. It is part of our homeschool curriculum this year and probably the best new book we have read thus far, in my opinion. The kids were interested and were able to tell me about the story and would even ask questions. This is a great read aloud for all kids no matter the age or gender. Updated review: I enjoyed reading this book as much as I did the first time around. It is a great book to show ingenuity and how kids can figure out solutions to life prob This was such a fun book to read with my kids. It is part of our homeschool curriculum this year and probably the best new book we have read thus far, in my opinion. The kids were interested and were able to tell me about the story and would even ask questions. This is a great read aloud for all kids no matter the age or gender. Updated review: I enjoyed reading this book as much as I did the first time around. It is a great book to show ingenuity and how kids can figure out solutions to life problems. This book shows these children working hard to help there mother and work towards a goal together. You also learn about sibling relationships and see the struggles of having responsibility. There are many different lessons you can pull out of this book to talk about with your kids: Hard work, seeking your own way vs doing what needs to be done, cooperation, kindness to strangers, not accusing without facts and not jumping to conclusions, honest living, wisdom, loving your neighbor as yourself and seeking the good of others are just a few you can find. I really liked the chapter called, "Tenants Are People" where you see the kids begin to see that the people living in the building are not just a bunch of old people who don't want them around, but human beings who are like them, just older. The mystery throughout the book also keeps it fun! My only struggle with the book was a bit of feminist undertone, but it's done in a way that it shows the real struggle women sometimes have when we live out our roles in a fallen world. It's not at all in your face, but I definitely heard it mildly in there this time.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    I can't remember when I first read this book. I know I was younger and was going through all my mom's books and found this one and read it in about a 1/2 hour. And then read it again. And then put it with my books and never gave it back to her. Naughty I know. :) I carried this book all over as I moved around. And along the way, it either got stolen (which is what I tend to believe happened as it was around the same time more of my stuff came up missing and a friend suddenly wasn't my friend anym I can't remember when I first read this book. I know I was younger and was going through all my mom's books and found this one and read it in about a 1/2 hour. And then read it again. And then put it with my books and never gave it back to her. Naughty I know. :) I carried this book all over as I moved around. And along the way, it either got stolen (which is what I tend to believe happened as it was around the same time more of my stuff came up missing and a friend suddenly wasn't my friend anymore) or I lost it. I grieved over the loss of this book. It was one of my favorites!!!! Fast-forward 10 or so years and I was lamenting its loss to my husband and he started doing searches for it and lo and behold found it and bought it for me! I WAS SO EXCITED! And I have to say, it was just as good as I remember it being! This is the story of a single mom,her three kids and an apartment building they inherit in Florida from a mean and nasty uncle. The characters that live in the building are hilarious as well as mean (some of them anyway) and really add flavor to the story. As they try and adapt and learn the ways of running a building MANY things happen, but it all works out in the end. I highly recommend this book...if you can find it!!! I recommend going through your parent's stuff...you never know what you will find! **Just checked the front of the book. This was a selection of the "Weekly Reader Children's Book Club" and was published in 1956. :)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I wasn't too sure about this book, at first, since it didn't seem to have much of a storyline. However, everything came together in the end to make quite a nice story. My three boys (ages 7, 5, and 3) really enjoyed it. I was surprised at how much they laughed at certain parts/characters. We also had some great discussions about some of the vocabulary and different subjects in the book, ranging from hurricanes to how the characters' opinions about other people changed once they got to know them I wasn't too sure about this book, at first, since it didn't seem to have much of a storyline. However, everything came together in the end to make quite a nice story. My three boys (ages 7, 5, and 3) really enjoyed it. I was surprised at how much they laughed at certain parts/characters. We also had some great discussions about some of the vocabulary and different subjects in the book, ranging from hurricanes to how the characters' opinions about other people changed once they got to know them (most of the time). Overall, I thought this was a good book with a happy ending and I'm glad I took the time to read it completely.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Hodge

    Read this to my 6yo for school. Simple but well-executed, it tells of a single mother and her three children who suddenly inherit an entire apartment building in Florida. Which, in true Florida fashion, is loaded with eccentric retirees and a sign out the front with the slogan that forms the title of the book. Part mystery, part struggling family pulls together to make good happen, it's a feel-good story that wraps up all the loose ends neatly. 6yo loved it. Read this to my 6yo for school. Simple but well-executed, it tells of a single mother and her three children who suddenly inherit an entire apartment building in Florida. Which, in true Florida fashion, is loaded with eccentric retirees and a sign out the front with the slogan that forms the title of the book. Part mystery, part struggling family pulls together to make good happen, it's a feel-good story that wraps up all the loose ends neatly. 6yo loved it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hallie

    Re-read this childhood favorite after many years. I now remember why I read it many times when I was young, in the 70s and early 80s. Florida, the ocean, hurricanes, coconuts and seashells were all new to me as a child in the Midwest. Visiting another place through reading is a great escape and a great way to learn too. It is a simple gentle story with elements of mystery and characters who we learn aren’t always who they first seem to be.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Peggy Crawford

    This is my boss's favorite children's book from when she was growing up. It's another Florida book. It's got a lot of similarities with The Pink Motel, yet it's a totally different book. Hard to find, but a fun little book. This is my boss's favorite children's book from when she was growing up. It's another Florida book. It's got a lot of similarities with The Pink Motel, yet it's a totally different book. Hard to find, but a fun little book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Remember seeing this on the bookshelf as a child, but never read it. Out of print, very hard to find. Found a copy that belonged to my dad. Really fun read aloud. Great summer read for a young reader.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Juanita Moose

    Florida hurricanes have me thinking about this book and wishing I had a copy to read. Will have to get a copy from my library. I remember the family in the book solving mysteries, learning to cope with new situations, and weathering a bad storm.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    One of my favorite childhood books. A bit of mystery and adventure.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Chind

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This was another Bookshark K read aloud, and even though it was long, it was my favorite so far.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Linder

    Wonderful children's book! Wonderful children's book!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Reily

    I loved this book as a kid. I remember my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Seaburg, reading it to us over a month during snack time.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Caitlinleah

    One of my favorites from my childhood. It’s really SUCH a good story. Really glad to own this one. It shows a different world, without air conditioning, sunscreen, or helicopter parents.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melissa King

    Read aloud to my kids and was enjoyed by all. The main characters (3 children of 12ish years old) were very proactive, industrious, capable, and in the end made sweet friendships with the older tenants of the apartment building. A silly mystery to keep the kids busy. Swimming at the beach every afternoon. A satisfying, tidy happy ending. Not fantastic literature, but a great summer read. One thing to consider: at one point the little sister (3 years old) goes to visit one of the older ladies insi Read aloud to my kids and was enjoyed by all. The main characters (3 children of 12ish years old) were very proactive, industrious, capable, and in the end made sweet friendships with the older tenants of the apartment building. A silly mystery to keep the kids busy. Swimming at the beach every afternoon. A satisfying, tidy happy ending. Not fantastic literature, but a great summer read. One thing to consider: at one point the little sister (3 years old) goes to visit one of the older ladies inside her apartment, without her families knowledge, and is told to keep it a secret. HUGE no-no in the modern world. This is a problem I often come across with older books, but of course we can just talk about it after reading. Turns out that the older lady has a pet monkey and is afraid of getting kicked out, since pets are against the rules. Other fun talking points are Florida, hibiscus plants, coconut trees, seashells, and hurricanes. My kids enjoyed looking these up as they were mentioned in the book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    JTS

    I first read this book almost 60 years ago and have enjoyed it a couple hundred times since. My original copy is stained with the chocolate milk I sipped while devouring this beautiful story as a child, and the book is one of my most prized possessions. As with many wonderfully-told books, there is an element of autobiography; Ms. Holland dedicated No Children, No Pets to 'The tenants of the real apartment building in Florida'. The premise of four children, one summer, and an aging apartment bui I first read this book almost 60 years ago and have enjoyed it a couple hundred times since. My original copy is stained with the chocolate milk I sipped while devouring this beautiful story as a child, and the book is one of my most prized possessions. As with many wonderfully-told books, there is an element of autobiography; Ms. Holland dedicated No Children, No Pets to 'The tenants of the real apartment building in Florida'. The premise of four children, one summer, and an aging apartment building may not sound as though it holds much promise, but do yourself a favor and at least complete Chapter 1 before you make your judgment. NCNP will not disappoint. I read this book dozens of times to my daughter when she was growing up and continue to read it now to my grandkids, and I still get a catch in my throat when, in "A Ramp for Mr. Blessing", Jane learns how Mrs. Hand held off an army of Chinese rebels with a single apple pie. Happy reading!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Challenge - Enneagramathon - Loyalist team/loyal to author (1). This is one of three books that were my favorites as an eight year old. It has been over six decades since a I read the book the one and only time until now. I have been looking for a good copy of this book for years, to read the author that gave me so much when a child. To read it with the eye of who I was then, I can see that I would have loved the adventure of moving to a new state, so different from the one known; that I would h Challenge - Enneagramathon - Loyalist team/loyal to author (1). This is one of three books that were my favorites as an eight year old. It has been over six decades since a I read the book the one and only time until now. I have been looking for a good copy of this book for years, to read the author that gave me so much when a child. To read it with the eye of who I was then, I can see that I would have loved the adventure of moving to a new state, so different from the one known; that I would have loved the interplay of siblings; and the fact that they took the initiative to better their new surroundings without adults asking for or demanding their help. Children were more self-reliant back then; and in some ways, had more freedom. It seemed a safer world. I love the fixer-upper aspect, of rolling up one's sleeves to take care of what needs to be done. A nice comforting read, even now.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a book that occasionally comes up when people talk about their favorite childhood books, so I was really looking forward to reading it. Halfway through, I was thinking - this book is really disappointing! WHY do people like it so much? And it better get a whole lot better or I'm going to have to give it a 3 star review. I didn't feel like the writing was that great - the conversation was full of dated slang. And I kept thinking the plot of The Pink Motel was better (where also, a norther This is a book that occasionally comes up when people talk about their favorite childhood books, so I was really looking forward to reading it. Halfway through, I was thinking - this book is really disappointing! WHY do people like it so much? And it better get a whole lot better or I'm going to have to give it a 3 star review. I didn't feel like the writing was that great - the conversation was full of dated slang. And I kept thinking the plot of The Pink Motel was better (where also, a northern family inherits a Florida building with tenants.) And then in the last two chapters, the whole story wrapped up neatly and happily in a way I didn't see coming, and I understand why it would be a childhood favorite. That being said, seek out The Pink Motel first.

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