Quigleys at Large

Quigleys at Large

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by Simon Mason
     
 

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NOW AVAILABLE IN paperback, the Quigleys return in this second collection of stories. Funny and instantly recognizable from their last adventures, this time the family goes camping in France. Mum stars in the skipping competition at the local village fete; Will gets locked in his empty school; and Dad (not surprisingly) loses the pet bird. Here are four more hilarious

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NOW AVAILABLE IN paperback, the Quigleys return in this second collection of stories. Funny and instantly recognizable from their last adventures, this time the family goes camping in France. Mum stars in the skipping competition at the local village fete; Will gets locked in his empty school; and Dad (not surprisingly) loses the pet bird. Here are four more hilarious escapades from this irrepressible yet warmly affectionate family.

“Simon paints a picture of a remarkably recognizable, but totally unique family. British words and spellings add to the fun. They are a family like most of ours—full of life and ridiculous, but ordinary experiences. This will be the next treat for the Hurwitz and Cleary crowd.”—Kirkus


From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this follow-up to The Quigleys, four short stories describe Dad accidentally allowing Will's bird to escape and trying everything to recapture him; Will getting himself locked in the school building; and Lucy making a friend when she visits France, despite a language barrier. Ages 5-12. (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The Quigleys are back and we have four more deliciously funny and decidedly unexpected stories to enjoy. Mum has had her wisdom teeth out and Dad has decided that she is not allowed to do anything; she must be treated as if she is an invalid. This soon becomes a trial for everyone, including Mum. Not only do Lucy and Will have to be quiet all the time but Dad won't let poor Mum have any fun. Even when the family goes to the fete at the school, Mum is told that she mustn't do anything boisterous, she can't play any of the games. In typical Simon Mason fashion, things get turned upside down and Mum ends up having more than a little fun after all. Dad also has an adventure and he doesn't even have to leave the house to have his. In fact, he is barely awake and he yet he still manages to create a state of chaos. Will wanders off into dreamland and finds himself locked in at his school. The question is, can he get himself out before his parents find out? As for Lucy, well, she probably takes the prize. Lucy surprises us by turning out to be an extremely thoughtful and generously spirited person. While on holiday in France, she examines the question of friendship, as she likes to have friends, to do cartwheels with and the like. The problem is that in France, the other little girls speak French. So, she rationalizes, she cannot have a friend. However, this does not stop her finding friends for her brother and father. With the simplicity that is so refreshing in the very young, she cuts through all that nonsense that older people seem to build around themselves, and quietly but firmly sets up her father and brother with two charming people. Now all she has to do is forget about the languagebarrier and get a friend herself. Simon Mason seems to know just how to take a simple story and turn into something that can engage and amuse the reader. In this book he also touches on the ability of children to see the simple and important things in life, like friendship and reaching out to one another. It is truly a joy to share yet another slice of Quigley life. 2003, Random House, Ages 7 to 9.
— Marya Jansen-Gruber
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-In this upbeat sequel to The Quigleys (Knopf, 2002), Dad, Will, Mum, and Lucy are each featured in a separate chapter. Dad's elaborate trap to catch the family's pet budgie entangles him instead of the bird. Will gets locked inside the school when he goes back on the weekend to find his lost coat. Mum resists everyone's attempt to keep her inactive at a fete because of recent dental surgery, and she surprises them by helping Lucy win a skip-rope contest. Finally, Lucy breaks the language barrier in order to make a friend when the family goes camping in France. The Quigleys are much like the families in books by Johanna Hurwitz and Beverly Cleary, though the British setting sets this series apart. The inviting large print and Stephens's frequent line drawings will help attract children bridging into chapter books.-Jean Gaffney, Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library, Miamisburg, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The Quigleys are back! With four interconnected short stories and hilarious cartoon illustrations, Simon paints a picture of a remarkably recognizable, but totally unique family. British words and spellings ("gritpaper," "hoolah hoop") add to the fun as we see Mum and Dad searching for the lost budgie, Will falling into daydreams, Mum recovering from wisdom-tooth surgery, and little sister Lucy befriending a French girl at a campground. This is not a stereotypical family at all-no saccharine aftertaste from sweetie-pie behavior, but no dysfunctional angst either. So, why read about them? Therein lies the charm; they are a family like most of ours-full of life and ridiculous, but ordinary experiences. With its generous font and ample illustration and white space, this will be the next treat for the Hurwitz and Cleary crowd. (Fiction. 7-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307543509
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/12/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
7 MB
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Simon Mason has written three books about the Quigley family. He lives in Oxford, England.

Helen Stephen’s books for young readers include Poochie-Poo and Ahoty-Toyty.


From the Hardcover edition.

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Quigleys at Large 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Carmela Henning More than 1 year ago
great book for elementry one of the best books i'v read