“A deliciously macabre trilogy . . . channels Dickens crossed with Lemony Snicket . . . magnificently creepy.” Kirkus (starred review)
At the Iremonger family offices in the aptly named borough of Foulsham, London's great repository of filth, Grandfather Umbitt Iremonger has found a way to make objects assume the shapes of people, and how to turn people into objects. Clod, whom he sees as a threat, has been turned into a gold coin and is being passed as currency from hand-to-hand through the town. Meanwhile, Lucy Pennant has been discarded as a clay button, abandoned in the depths of the Heaps. Will they be found and returned to human form? Enter Binadit and Rippit...Meanwhile Umbitt builds an army of animated objects to retrieve the missing gold coin. All around the city, thingordinary thingsare twitching into life, and the reader is held in breathless suspense as questions of life and death, value and disposability, rumble through this dark and mesmerizing world.
About the Author
Edward Carey is the author and illustrator of twonovels for adults, Observatory Mansions and Alvaand Irva, which was longlisted for the IMPAC LiteraryAward. The Iremonger Trilogy is his rst work foryoung readers. Born in England, he now lives with hiswife, Elizabeth McCracken, and their two children inAustin, Texas, where he wrote the Iremonger Trilogybecause he missed
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In a world where objects are really people, a boy runs away from the only home he's ever known. When the boy unwittingly parts with an object, not realizing its full value, he sets the wheels in motion for a wild adventure. Author and illustrator Edward Carey has crafted a wildly imaginative tale which occurs in a fanciful place where even garbage takes on a life of its own. Deeply suspenseful and refreshingly unique, Carey's second book in the Iremonger series reads well as a stand-alone, but the stage is well set for the continuation of this incredibly engaging read. There are those occasional children's books which seem to pull you in so swiftly and splendidly you barely have a sense of the world around you. Foulsham is one such book and we found it to be quite mesmerizing and delightful in every way.
I just love this book i read the first one it was also good i plan to buy the third one his books are creepy but he just knows how to make the story just so good im just so glad he made these books i also love the picturies well the drawing spelled picture wrong well any who buy these you wont be sorry
Here's the second installment of the Iremonger Trilogy. I should be receiving the third book any day now. Now this one was more fun to read. Foulsham was much better a read than Heap House but it still could have been written much better. As I read, I kept hearing the raspy voice of a scullery maid. There was repetition and backwards talk that was annoying from time to time, but I pushed through it and liked it much better. In book two, everything takes place in Foulsham which is a totally different place from Heap House where it's run by an Uncle Umbitt. The man's the reason for all the inanimate objects going rogue as people and people turning into inanimate objects. I can' tell too much of the story without telling the story of Heap House- and you know how I feel about spoilers! Just know this, Clod is a gold coin, being spent all over town and poor Lucy (lost amongst the heaps) is a clay button! Check out Foulsham. If you read independent of Heap House (which I rated last week), you may find yourself lost but it still reads best! Have an amazing day. Go out and find an amazing book!