Wednesday, April 9, 2008

For Fans of Lemony Snicket...

Lois Lowry's newest title is perfect for all fans of Lemony Snicket and his famous Series of Unfortunate Events. A parody of sorts, The Willoughby's makes fun of all sorts of children's novels from across time. The children, Tim, Barnaby and Barnaby (twins with the same name), and little Jane, wish to be orphans and to rid themselves of their not-so-interested parents, involving themselves in strange schemes to do just that. All the while, those parents are also trying to rid themselves of their vile children, ever not-so subtly.

A nanny, somewhat reminiscent of a Miss Mary Poppins, comes into the picture, as does a baby left suspiciously on the Willoughby's doorstep. Interesting characters pop up out of nowhere and the children manage to ship their parents out the door, quite literally, while their parents try to sell the house out from under the children's feet, again, quite literally.

After the first few chapters, I realized that there was no way Lois Lowry could have written such a satirical and humorous book. So used to Lowry's solemn books, such as Number the Stars and The Giver, a parody was so far beyond the realm of her writing, she must have had help. But no. Ms. Lowry wrote this book and did a fabulous job at being humorous, witty, and quite funny at times. It's nice to see a work from an author that I love, that is so far out of my "accustomed to" box. Again, if you or your children (or patrons) enjoyed Lemony Snicket's books, this one is sure to be a pleaser.

3 comments:

Lesley said...

This sounds like a great book - I will have to let my children's librarian colleague know about it, if she doesn't already.

Alison Boon said...

great blog. Hope you don't mind being blogged.

Julie said...

This is on my car seat, waiting for me to pick it up! Thanks for your review!