Post by Alysa
The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
This book is so funny. It is one of those ones I read and then immediately started reading aloud to Jacob. Okay, I don't think I had even read the whole thing before I started reading it aloud to him. Anyway, it would make a very fun read aloud. (Alas, it was due back at the library before Jacob and I finished it.)
It's not all fun and games though -- nope there are some serious villains in this book. They are the nefarious Willoughby parents! *gasp* It is perhaps this fact (nefarious parents) that has readers divided on this book. People either seem to love it or to hate it. Or maybe the reaction is divided because it is so different from other books Lois Lowry has written (The Giver, Number the Stars).
Anyhow, it is a new favorite of mine, and I think that many people with a sense of humor and with keen minds where children's literature is concerned will enjoy it. There are tons of fun references to books like Heidi, Anne of Green Gables, Mary Poppins, and The Bobbsey Twins. And those are just the ones I've thought of off the top of my head.
Pretty much anybody fourth grade and up would like it, and it's appropriate for all ages as well. Okay. I will stop yakking so you can start reading. Enjoy this one!
Other reviews by fellow Cybils panelists here and here and here. And I should say that since this is a Cybils nominee this review reflects my opinion only and not the opinion of the entire panel. And that goes for all the other Cybils nominees, too (which is pretty much everything I've reviewed since October).
I forgot about the glossary! Oh! It is so good! A glossary to die for! Stopping now!