The Big Houseby Carolyn Coman, Rob Shepperson (Illustrator)
When their parents are sent “up the river” for embezzlement, Ray and Ivy are left to live in the lap of luxury with Marietta Noland and her ancient husband, Lionel. But life at the big house is not all it's cracked up to be. First there is the shrouded portrait, then there is the spider in the decaying wedding cake. And what about the vicious instrument
When their parents are sent “up the river” for embezzlement, Ray and Ivy are left to live in the lap of luxury with Marietta Noland and her ancient husband, Lionel. But life at the big house is not all it's cracked up to be. First there is the shrouded portrait, then there is the spider in the decaying wedding cake. And what about the vicious instrument Marietta uses to decapitate her egg? When "the rain in Spain" begins to fall (in other words, Ray wets his bed), things go from bad to worse and Ivy knows it is time to take matters into her own hands. What follows is a hilarious lark as Ray and Ivy case the joint, get the skinny, and show Marietta she has met her match.
- Penguin Group (USA)
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- 5.16(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.63(d)
- Age Range:
- 8 - 12 Years
Meet the Author
Carolyn Coman is the author of What Jamie Saw, winner of a Newbery Honor, among other highly acclaimed novels. She lives in New Hampshire.
Rob Shepperson lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, with his wife and two daughters. His droll editorial drawings appear regularly in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. He is also illustrator of David Harrison's Bugs and The Big House by Carolyn Coman.
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Well you can barely stand on your own two feet it seemed "puts the whip down"
A humorous, inventive story about perserverence and teamwork. A worthwhile read!
First off the book is about ivy and ray trying to escape the mansion and free their parents from jail. they were sent to jail for embezzlement. the kids know they aren't guilty but since they have a bad reputation the court doesn't have much reason to believe them. the book was written pretty clearly and has a good mystery and good writing style. the author makes all the questions a reader normally has clear so you aren't confused when it ends. the story is a bit predictable because it's kind of obvious who the real criminal is. the children had to live with them for the time when their parents were in jail and they treated the children very badly. readers with deep thoughts would like this piece. it does keep you focused and it had a good hold on my attention. the name of the book raised questions for me but they were answered. i thought "The Big House" meant jail. in a way it sort of does. its the mansion where ivy and ray had to stay after parents were locked up. the owners aka the people who actually framed there parents made sure they were treated like it actually was a sort of prison. at one point ray was in "solitary confinement" by the laundry room. overall i thought this was a pretty good read with many twists and good points in it. more people should read The Big House by Carolyn Coman.
Gooooood Book! Kept my attention.
This book is about Ivy and Ray's parents becoming guilty for embezzling thousands of dollars. Ivy and Ray go live off with Marietta and her husband, Lionel, in a LIMO. Marietta lives in a mansion (as you'll call it.) Marietta is cruel and naturally guilty.....
I think this book is very good it shows a lot of amotion it was like i was in the book with the characters actually seeing what was happing because the description was so clear I would defenitly recomend this book to alll readers that have extreme thoughts and people that enjoy mystery books.If i could I would change the title thow it sounds a little boring and when I first saw it it defenitly did not catch my eye!
I was reading this book for fun. It was completely great. It's perfect for people the age 8 and up. It was simply splendid. It's about two kids who have to live with their relative and try to find a way out of her big house but it isn't easy at all. This book is funny and adventurous together. Everyone definetly has to read it!