The Willoughbys

Lowry, Lois.  The Willoughbys.  Illustrated by the author.  Boston:  Houghton Mifflin Company, 2008.  ISBN978-0-618-97974-5.

The WilloughbysFrom the author of The Giver and Number the Stars,  the newest offering of Lois Lowry is The Willoughbys, a fun romp unlike anything she’s previously published.  A parody of traditional children’s orphan tales, the four Willoughby children suffer from nefarious parents who are inspired by the tale of Hansel and Gretel and set out to rid themselves of their children.  Happily the feeling is mutual, and the children come up with an equally beastly plans to free themselves of their parents.  Mix in a nanny, an abandon baby left on a doorstep, and plenty of other old-fashioned conceits for a diabolically good read. Middle readers and lovers of children’s literature will chuckle their way through this fabulous tale.  The CRC volume will be soon arriving on the CSCL shelf in the hall. 


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