Quigleys in a Spin

Quigleys in a Spin

by Simon Mason, Helen Stephens
     
 

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Five more stories about the irrepressible Quigleys (and including a surprise guest appearance from the next-door neighbor’s cat, Fatbrain). Will makes a huge effort to get on with the sullen Robinson Potts, an unwelcome visitor on the family’s weekend away. Lucy desperately hopes that her birthday party will occur without mishap even though Dad is…  See more details below

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Five more stories about the irrepressible Quigleys (and including a surprise guest appearance from the next-door neighbor’s cat, Fatbrain). Will makes a huge effort to get on with the sullen Robinson Potts, an unwelcome visitor on the family’s weekend away. Lucy desperately hopes that her birthday party will occur without mishap even though Dad is promising to make it an event to remember. And Mum gets stuck on the roof–with Fatbrain.
These hilarous stories about ordinary family life are perfect for reading aloud as well as for newly independent readers to read by themselves.


From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Each member of the Quigley family is highlighted in one of four short chapters, with a fifth story about a neighbor's cat. "Dad's Big Toe" chronicles a nail polish fiasco; "Lucy's Big Day" shows how even the worst birthday party can be memorable. In "Will's Big Effort," Mum invites a sick friend's unpleasant son to spend the weekend. Finally, the family goes to a fair where the fast and wild rides are no fun for her. Young readers may have trouble getting past the heavy British vocabulary; not many kids opt to play "pass the parcel," make moustaches from a goat-skin purse, have ever eaten a chessboard sandwich, or would vote for rock-pooling. The chapter on Lucy's birthday party is totally unbelievable and goes on for too long. A marginal purchase.--Cheryl Ashton, Amherst Public Library, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Mum, Dad, Will and Lucy Quigley, are back in all their hilarity. These five related stories are impossible to read without making loud guffaws as each storyline veers off the beaten path, yet seems utterly realistic. Who hasn't been forced to make a big effort to get along with a person whose every word and action is selfish and revolting? How about the special party that goes wrong? And who has not stood, pale and sweaty, next to a carnival ride praying that her stomach's contents would stay inside? That's the glory of Mason's joyful, realistic family. These stories read like tales families tell-years later- that usually start with a sibling saying one phrase (say, "Robinson Potts" or "Mum and Fatbrain on the roof") and everyone chiming in with part of the tale until everyone is doubled over with hysteria. These vignettes make fantastic read-alouds and will appeal to Louis Sachar fans. British phrases add to the fun. Bring on the Quigleys-a real family! (Fiction. 7-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307543516
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
04/02/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
9 MB
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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