Martin Waddell, a northern Ireland writer, is famous for writing children's literature. He is good at vividly describing stories happening around him. The illustrator, Angela Barrett, is an art major in Royal College .The Hidden House is one of her successful works, in which detailed portraits of the characters and backgrounds further deepen the sensation and feelings of the easily-understood plot.
The Hidden House starts with an old sculptor, Bruno .He lived alone in a little house, with only three wood-made dolls accompanying him. You can recognize the three dolls by their appearances, and different stuffs on their bodies as well. One with the knitting is Maisie; another with the spade is Ralph; while the other with the pack on his back is Winnaker .The three dolls always sat on the windows ledge and watched Burno working in the garden. Though the three dolls couldn't respond him, Bruno still talked to them, because he thought they were happy.
One day, Bruno went out, but never came back again. Everything changed bit by bit: wild plants invaded the house inside and outside, with the three lonely dolls covered by dust and webs .Their wooden bodies were somewhat decayed by insects as well. Slowly, the house disappeared behind wild plants; nobody can see the hidden house.
One day, a man found the little house and he liked it very much .He promised to come back again, but he didn’t. The three dolls were sad. With long time passing by, there came another family. They cleaned the wild plants around the house; they decorated the house until everything looked warm and wonderful. A little girl of the family found the three wooden dolls, and she cleaned them. The three dolls are now once again sitting on window ledge, looking at all the beautiful views at the garden. This family makes the house warm, the garden splendid, and the three dolls happy with-in and with-out.