Abandoned by their ill-humored parents to the care of an odious nanny, Tim, the twins, Barnaby A and Barnaby B, and their sister, Jane, attempt to fulfill their roles as good oldfashioned children. Following the models set in lauded tales from A Christmas Carol to Mary Poppins, the four... show more
Abandoned by their ill-humored parents to the care of an odious nanny, Tim, the twins, Barnaby A and Barnaby B, and their sister, Jane, attempt to fulfill their roles as good oldfashioned children. Following the models set in lauded tales from A Christmas Carol to Mary Poppins, the four Willoughbys hope to attain their proscribed happy ending too, or at least a satisfyingly maudlin one. However, it is an unquestionably ruthless act that sets in motion the transformations that lead to their salvation and to happy endings for not only the four children, but their nanny, an abandoned baby, a candy magnate, and his long-lost son too. Replete with a tongue-in-cheek glossary and bibliography, this hilarious and decidedly old-fashioned parody pays playful homage to classic works of children’s literature.
Publish date: March 31st 2008
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 174
Edition language: English
What an odd little book. The Willoughbys is a sort of parody of "old fashioned" children's books. The children are hoping that their parents will be killed in a dangerous around the world trip, and the parents are hoping to sell the home out from under the children and have them cast out into the st...
Weź garść przewrotnego poczucia humoru, pół szklanki niezbyt ostrej makabry, szczyptę staroświeckości, dopraw odrobinką klasycznych opowieści o sierotach a otrzymasz tę smaczna opowieść. Smacznego! :-)
This was such a cute read. I loved the way the children interacted with one another and I found myself laughing out loud many time. The plot was interesting and certainly drew from elements of "old fashioned" children's stories. All the characters were charming (except for the parents..no they were ...
“The Willoughbys” is a delightful children’s book which takes all of our accepted mores and turns them inside out! It is a spoof on life which lets us laugh at ourselves. It is a combination of The Sound of Music, Pippi Longstocking and Hansel and Gretel, all rolled into one.Instead of a happy home ...
If you are or were the type of kid to devour old-fashioned stories along with more modern books, picking up on the quirks of language, the differing family values, and the odd perspective everyone seemed to have on life, this book is a wonderful read. Lois Lowry's sendup of classic children's litera...