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The Willoughbys

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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

A parody of fairy tales

Review by Jill Williamson

The four Willoughby children live with parents so wicked, they feel they would be better off as orphans. They seek a way to get rid of their parents, not knowing that their parents are formulating their own diabolical plan inspired by the st...
Review by Jill Williamson

The four Willoughby children live with parents so wicked, they feel they would be better off as orphans. They seek a way to get rid of their parents, not knowing that their parents are formulating their own diabolical plan inspired by the story Hansel and Gretel: abandon the children.

Mr. and Mrs. Willoughby put their house up for sale, hire a level-headed Nanny, and take off on an endless vacation. As the children plot and plan, Nanny takes good care of them. But there is more to the story than the Willoughbys. With a candy bar tycoon, an obsequious postmaster, two more winsome orphans, a number of references to classic children's stories, and a thorough glossary at the end for all the new vocabulary words, this amusing parody is sure to bring a smile to the reader's face.

Award-winning author Lois Lowry spins an old-fashioned parody tale reminiscent of terrible situations that befall characters from Grimm fairy tales. This book is entertaining. The plot is a bit depressing with the Willoughby family in such a mess. The eldest son is a bit ruthless, but Nanny tries to teach all the children some values. She does admit, however, that their parents are truly dolts and that she, herself, is a Presbyterian.

This book is harmless satirical fun, mocking fairy tales and classic stories in just about every way. All turns out well in the end for everyone but the evil parents.

posted by Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews on May 20, 2009

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4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

BRRRRRRRR............

I dont know why, but this book made me feel cold inside. It was a little sad and strange. Unfotunately, i would not recommend this book. But only in my opinion, others could feel different about this book. I also felt as if the ending was to sudden.

posted by 11009795 on January 2, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    BRRRRRRRR............

    I dont know why, but this book made me feel cold inside. It was a little sad and strange. Unfotunately, i would not recommend this book. But only in my opinion, others could feel different about this book. I also felt as if the ending was to sudden.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2009

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    I think that this book would be good for you to read in spare time or if you're bored. But I wouldn't recommend it as a school project book. There wasn't that much detail, or things you could really explain in it.

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