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Publisher Comments:

Abandoned by their ill-humored parents to the care of an odious nanny, Tim, the twins, Barnaby A and Barnaby B, and their sister, Jane, attempt to fulfill their roles as good oldfashioned children. Following the models set in lauded tales from A Christmas Carol to Mary Poppins, the four Willoughbys hope to attain their proscribed happy ending too, or at least a satisfyingly maudlin one. However, it is an unquestionably ruthless act that sets in motion the transformations that lead to their salvation and to happy endings for not only the four children, but their nanny, an abandoned baby, a candy magnate, and his long-lost son too. Replete with a tongue-in-cheek glossary and bibliography, this hilarious and decidedly old-fashioned parody pays playful homage to classic works of childrens literature.

Synopsis:

In this tongue-in-cheek take on classic themes in children's literature, the four Willoughby children set about to become "deserving orphans" after their neglectful parents embark on a treacherous around-the-world adventure, leaving them in the care of an odious nanny.

About the Author

Lois Lowry is known for her versatility and invention as a writer. She was born in Hawaii and grew up in New York, Pennsylvania, and Japan. After several years at Brown University, she turned to her family and to writing. She is the author of more than thirty books for young adults, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, NUMBER THE STARS and THE GIVER. Her first novel, A SUMMER TO DIE, was awarded the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award. Ms. Lowry now divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. To learn more about Lois Lowry, see her website at www.loislowry.com

Table of Contents

1. The Old-Fashioned Family and the Beastly Baby - 2. A Parental Conspiracy - 3. Contemplating Orphanhood - 4. An Impending Vacation - 5. The Arrival of the Odious Nanny - 6. Nanny Prepares Porridge - 7. The Melancholy Tycoon - 8. A Cryptic Communication - 9. Clever Camouflage - 10. An Alabaster Aphrodite - 11. An Astonishing Acquisition - 12. Another Cryptic Communication - 13. The Obsequious Postmaster - 14. Reencountering an Infant - 15. A Regrettable Transaction - 16. Two Terrible Tourists - 17. An Auspicious Change - 18. A Walking Tour Is Suggested - 19. Long Hours in the Laboratory - 20. A Confectionary Recognition - 21. A Decision, an Announcement, and an Unexpected Arrival.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547345055
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Subject:
Family life
Illustrator:
Lowry Lois
Author:
Lowry Lois
Author:
Lowry, Lois
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
Subject:
Family - Parents
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Audio Books-Children s
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s humor
Subject:
Children s-Oregon Battle of the Books
Subject:
Children s-Oregon Reader s Choice Award
Subject:
Children s-Reference Family and Genealogy
Subject:
Children s Middle Readers-General
Subject:
Foreign Languages-Korean
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Family - Parents
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : General
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Family - Siblings
Publication Date:
March 2008
Binding:
eBooks
Grade Level:
1-4
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Age Level:
6-9

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"Synopsis" by , In this tongue-in-cheek take on classic themes in children's literature, the four Willoughby children set about to become "deserving orphans" after their neglectful parents embark on a treacherous around-the-world adventure, leaving them in the care of an odious nanny.
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