- Published: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2008.
- Year Published: 2008
- Description: 174 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Lexile: 790
- 0618979743 (hardcover) :
- 9780618979745 (hardcover) :
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by Lowry, Lois.
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Call number: J Fiction / Lowry, Lois
"Walter Lorraine books."
In this tongue-in-cheek take on classic themes in children's literature, the four Willoughby children set about to become "deserving orphans" after their neglectful parents embark on a treacherous around-the-world adventure, leaving them in the care of an odious nanny.
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Ingeniously crafted and ridiculously humorous, The Willoughbys is a delight. Many parts of the story are predictable, but they are supposed to be since most of the book is based on various stories of classic children’s literature. There are vocabulary words that many young (and even some adult) readers may not be familiar with. However, the author has provided a glossary in the back of the book that light-heartedly explains the meaning of each of these words. There is also a bibliography of the titles and authors of the classic works referenced in the novel that could help point young readers in the direction of those classic books. This novel is best suited for middle-grade readers, and would appeal to those who enjoy A Series of Unfortunate Events. Recommended for grades 4 - 7.
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