The Mysterious Howling
Found running wild in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander, age ten or thereabouts, keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia, perhaps four or five, has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf, age... show more
Found running wild in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander, age ten or thereabouts, keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia, perhaps four or five, has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf, age somewhere-in-the-middle, is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels. Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Only fifteen years old and a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must help them overcome their canine tendencies. But mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these three wild creatures, and how did they come to live in the vast forests of the estate? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to teach the Incorrigibles table manners and socially useful phrases in time for Lady Constance's holiday ball? And what on earth is a schottische?
Publish date: March 1st 2010
Pages no: 267
Edition language: English
Series: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (#1)
What a surprise! I figured this would be a decent three star book; worth reading but nothing really memorable. I was even prepared to sigh at the idea of badly behaving children giving their governess trouble. Nope, this is not that book. This is the book where a girl with her own mysterious past ...
Such a nice blend of light and clever, thoughtful and fun. It was both a bit more and a bit less than what I was expecting. It is a pretty quick little read and there isn't a great deal in terms of narrative tension, but that really doesn't make it any less enjoyable. The characters, the setting,...
Worum geht es? Die Geschichte um die liebenswerte Gouvernante Penelope Lumley und ihre wilden Schützlinge spielt am Anfang des 19. Jh. und hat daher einen ganz eigenen Charme. Dort herrschen noch Ordnung und Disziplin, das Reisen war noch beschwerlicher und eine deutliche Kluft zwischen Arm und Reic...
As far as children's books about no-nonsense British nannies and their raised-by-wolves charges go, this one was pretty enjoyable. Cleverly written and quite funny in places, though as many other reviewers said, not many answers by the end of the story. If you don't like to be left hanging, and yo...
A funny sweet book that is a first in a series which I look forward to continuing.