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.