Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry

Lynn: Here's a book that ticked my funnybone from the very first where we learn that the despicable Willougby parents "frequently forgot they had children and became quite irritable when they were reminded of it," to the end when the children become old fashioned orphans - and heirs - at last! I loved the Nanny who disguises herself as an alabaster statue and the eventual demise of the parents. The glossary is fabulous. It seemed to me that Lowry was having a terrific time laughing affectionately at the whole body of classic children's literature and I laughed right along with her. Terrific fun!
Cindy: Would someone tell me who this book is for? I like what Lowry is trying to say about classic children's literature not always having the best interests of children at heart, and part of this book was hilarious, but parts made me very uncomfortable. The jury is still out for me.


Morgan said...

I loved this one! I thought it was funny and punny and cute and sincere. It was many things. That was why I liked it so much.

Cindy - I think this is a book that can be read at many levels and that is why it has wide appeal. Younger children will enjoy the characters and the trouble they get into. Older readers can enjoy the allusions and connections.

Love the blog! The bookends picture is so funny.