The Quigleys: Not for Sale

The Quigleys: Not for Sale

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by Simon Mason, Helen Stephens
     
 

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Mum and Dad think the Quigleys need to move—the children are getting bouncier and the house is getting smaller. But Will and Lucy don’t agree, so they come up with a cunning plan. These Quigleys are not for sale!


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Overview

Mum and Dad think the Quigleys need to move—the children are getting bouncier and the house is getting smaller. But Will and Lucy don’t agree, so they come up with a cunning plan. These Quigleys are not for sale!


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The Quigleys, which PW called an "engaging bit of fluff about the humorous vexations of an ordinary British family," get a third novel, once again comprised of four short stories, with The Quigleys: Not for Sale by Simon Mason. Here Mum, Dad, Lucy and Will take on a luxury hotel, tussle with their finances, and contemplate moving to a bigger house. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A certain wizard from the U.K. has ushered in a whole host of British books, some of which may not translate as easily. The Quigleys—Mum, Dad, Lucy, and Will are featured in these four short stories that continue the Quigley series. Lucy and Will try to follow the rules for Good Behaviour that Mum and Dad remind them of regularly, but on a weekend excursion to a hotel it seems that playing snooker with books stacked up on the table is the way it is meant to be played. Snooker, pounds and pence, and rucksack are just a few of the vocabulary words which may confound young American readers. In addition, much of the humor may be lost on young readers, who are likely to find the storylines returning to the Family Rules and being Polite and Pleasant a bit tiresome. The book's title refers to the final story, in which Will and Lucy show prospective buyers around their house, pointing out all the flaws in an effort to be "helpful." "They didn't seem so keen at the end," Lucy observes. The two conspire to scare away the rest of the buyers, they succeed, Mum and Dad take the house off the market, and Lucy and Will get to stay in their home. 2004, David Fickling Books/Random House, Ages 9 to 12.
—Mary Loftus
Kirkus Reviews
Mr. and Mrs. Quigley and their children, Will and Lucy, have managed to stay alive for another installment of their exciting and entertaining lives. With a flat, understated reporting style, Mason makes these silly, nearly tall-tale experiences seem normal. From a stay at a hotel, to Will and Lucy's earnest attempt to help out in a financial crisis, to a Mother's Day walk, and the selling of the family cottage, four seemingly average moments in family life become extraordinary. Will regales the entire fancy hotel restaurant with what he learned at school (the dangers of train tracks, complete with steaming amputated stumps and graphic details of cholera in Victorian England) and it's hard to know whether to laugh or blush. But it's all in hilarious good fun. Perfect for the new chapter-book reader with a skewed sense of humor and for the adults who read aloud to them. (Fiction. 7-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307543691
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/16/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
450,262
File size:
9 MB
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Simon Mason has written three adult novels. The Quigleys was his first children’s book. He lives in Oxford, England, with his wife and their two children.

Helen Stephens is the author-illustrator of Poochie-Poo and Ahoyty-Toyty as well as The Quigleys and The Quigleys at Large. She lives in England.

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The Quigleys 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is very weird but funny! I would recommend this book for children the age of 7-10