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The Hidden Gallery (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #2)

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The three Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place learn they are under a curse after traveling to London in the company of fifteen-year-old governess Miss Penelope Lumley.
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Published 2011 by Balzer + Bray (first published April 1st 2010)
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Sometimes surreal, often hilarious, this book made me laugh out loud in a crowded café, and I gobbled it all up with total delight. I love, love, love this series! The Incorrigibles are wonderful, and the mad zaniness of this whole book is just delicious.

It is such a pleasure to read such a funny series, with so much heart underneath the humor.

My favorite Swanburne-ism from this book: "As Agatha Swanburne once said, 'To be kept waiting is unfortunate, but to be kept waiting with nothing intere
"Nowadays, people resort to all kinds of activities in order to calm themselves after a stressful event: performing yoga poses in a sauna, leaping off bridges while tied to a bungee, killing imaginary zombies with imaginary weapons, and so forth. But in Miss Penelope Lumley's day, it was universally understood that there is nothing like a nice cup of tea to settle one's nerves in the aftermath of an adventure- a practice many would find well worth reviving."

My quick thoughts:

Just as great, funny
There is an undeniable charm about Maryrose Wood's odd tales of the three Incorrigible children who were literally raised by wolves until they were rescued by a wealthy British lord Frederick Ashton and placed under the loving if sometimes flustered care of Miss Penelope Lumley, lately graduated from Swanbourne Academy for Poor Bright Females. I love the quirky humor, the witty wisdom from all those Agatha Swanbourne quotes, and Penelope's vibrant spirit. The Victoriana is a delight, too.

This i
Ms. Yingling
Your Lemony Snicket fans sobbing in the aisles because they've read the series five times? Hand them The Mysterious Howling and this sequel. Penelope Lumley, having gotten the feral children to a presentable state only to have the house come down around their ears on Christmas, has the brilliant idea to go to London while the house is being fixed. She can meet with her teacher, Miss Mortimer while Lady Constance embraces the social whirl. Educational opportunities for the children abound, but ce ...more
This series is certainly going to develop is some interesting ways - ways that I am having a hard time imagining. The Hidden Gallery is actually better than The Mysterious Howling; a great rarity, that, for a sequel to be better than its predecessor. Penelope Lumley continues to be a terrific heroine - sensible, brave, and not one to give into silly whims or brook any nonsense. When she wants something, she accomplishes it; no questions asked. And the children are just as cute as before - perhap ...more
It seems odd to say that a book I read in a couple hours dragged, but The Hidden Gallery did. The story itself, a continuation of The Mysterious Howling, should have been lively enough, but Wood's Lemony Snickett-esque explanations seemed intrusive here, slowing the pace rather than providing comic relief or enhancing the mood of the story. In fact, dragging the story out seems to be the main objective in the series. I would have found it more enjoyable to have the "mysteries" introduced in The ...more
In the last installment, Ashton Place was left in ruins thanks to The Incorrigibles and their new pet squirrel, Nutsawoo. This one picks up a month or so after. As repairs are still underway, Lady Ashton gets the bright idea (of course, after it was mentioned to her by Miss Lumley) to temporarily move everyone into a London townhouse. This presents plenty of opportunity for “educashawoo” excursions for Miss Lumley and The Incorrigibles as well as social opportunities for Lady Ashton. Or so, that ...more
Although I like the writing of these books, there is something ultimately unsatisfying in the plot. I don't mind the mysterious referrals to hidden identities, etc. and the gradual revealing of clues to the past. But each book itself doesn't have a main plot or climax. The first one was "we had a Christmas party and things went terribly wrong." This book is basically "we went to London and things went terribly wrong, but we are becoming aware that something strange is going on behind the scenes. ...more
I think that I may have liked this book less than the first one because of the audio book. I wasn't so much a fan. I think it might have been the fact that the narrator made the annoying characters' voices REALLY REALLY ANNOYING. Like annoying to the point where I had to turn down the volume to keep my eardrums from bursting.

Anyway. Too effectively annoying audio book narrator aside, I do really like this series. I love Penelope and I care about her and want to know what happens. It's reminding
Arkara B.
I read this book after The Mysterious Howling, which I absolutely adored. This book continues the story of Miss Penelope Lumley and the three incorrigibles after the Christmas party fiasco. The book had me asking questions from beginning to end. Answers are found out about the three children, but they only lead to more questions.

What I thought was most thrilling about reading this book is the shroud on the incorrigibles and Penelope’s past. This is shown on page 270 when a gypsy called
Amanda Thompson
Book Two of the delightful and hilarious Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, this book was even better than the first. It delves deeper into the storyline and unearths some mystery surrounding the unique...situation of the Incorrigibles. The fun characters are entertainingly woven through a fascinating and complicated plot; I understand a good deal of the mystery now, and I'm still not sure where this is going.

Definitely recommended for younger readers, but also good for older readers looking
I received this book from LibraryThing's Early reviewers. This was a very cute, fun, educational book to read. The narrator is not a character in the book, and it has a very "I'm being read to" feel about it. It reminded me of Lemony Snicket in a way. This book is not dark like that series, but the narrator has that mysterious type of feel. And there are mysteries that the narrator is leading us to, we just know it...we just don't know when. There are loads of questions this book opens up for th ...more
In the second installment of the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series, The Hidden Gallery, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia join Miss Penelope Lumley, their stalwart governess, on a trip to London. The Incorrigible Children are as endearing as ever, with their quirky but charming wolf-like qualities. They mistakenly attack the guards outside Buckingham Palace, thinking the guards are bears in their tall furry hats. But they also master the intricacies of the Peloponnesian War in their ...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±

After the destruction of Ashton Place in the last book, the Lady of the house decides to go off to London for the season, bringing everyone along. Penelope - who actually mentioned going to London, just her and the kids - is looking forward to the trip, to see the sights, introduce the children to the culture of the city, and meet up with her old head mistress.

But there are still lingering questions and doubts. What was the howling in the attic? And why is Penelope being given cryptic warning

Lord, I cannot stand Penelope Lumley, I wasn't too keen on her during The Mysterious Howling, and now after reading The Hidden Gallery, I simply cannot tolerate her. Maryrose Wood has made Penelope so proper, well mannered, all knowing and dull that I just wish one of the Incorrigibles would let their blood lust take over and rip her throat out. Penelope is that miss know it all you know in real life and hate.

In the latest book of what surely will be a long running series, Lady Constance throws
A little more information about the children and their father is revealed or hinted at, but there is still no resolution to the mysteries of The Mysterious Howling. The Ashtons, Penelope, and the children spend some time in London, where they meet an aspiring dramatist, Simon Harley-Dickinson, a fortune-telling gypsy who frightens the children telling them that "the hunt is on," and Judge Quinzy. Penelope has a delicious lunch with Miss Charlotte Mortimer, who tells her that the children are in ...more
I was THIS close to giving this book five stars. This sequel to last year's book The Mysterious Howling continues to build on the themes themes presented in the first volume. We still don't have a lot of answers to the overarching questions (Where did the Incorrigables come from? What's going on with Lord Ashton? And how exactly does Miss Lumley fit into the whole mess?), but we do have a lot more clues. And you can't deny that the writing is a ton of fun with a tone that is a bit remoniscent of ...more
Bryan Hall
A suitable follow-up to the first in this series, but it suffers from slightly diminishing returns. I don't know whether it's just a matter of the novelty wearing off or if the habits of the Incorrigibles don't evolve enough, but I didn't get quite the same thrill from this one.

Aside from that, my experience was lessened just a bit from the ongoing mysteries underneath the surface; I'm almost never the one who figures out Whodunit before the end of a story, nor do I usually rack my brain to bea
Montana Library2Go

With a dark mystery that somehow remains light-hearted and mildly absurd in places, the plucky heroine and her fascinating charges continue to enchant in this second book in the series.

I had actually forgotten that I started this series, because when I read book one, the second and third installments were only available as audiobooks through my library, and I preferred to read them myself. When I stumbled across the ebook version in my library system, I grabbed it and was imm
I enjoyed the second book in this series even more than the first. It felt like the author had really hit her stride. The things that made the first title entertaining were even stronger in this one. I greatly enjoy the interjected quotes from Agatha Swanburne and the occasional asides comparing events from the story to modern times. The repeated references to the Giddy-Yap, Rainbow! books featuring the pony-crazed heroine, Edith-Anne Pevington, also make me laugh.
As Agatha Swanburne once said,
While Ashton Place is being repaired from the Incorrigibles' previous misadventure, Penelope Lumley (governess to the three wolf-raised children), the children, and the Ashtons travel to London while the house is being repaired.

The was a sequel that I found equally as enjoyable as the first.

The change of setting didn't real seem like much a change at all...for some reason, every single character travelled to London, too! Judge Quinzy had a small excuse, but all the others (all the men from the g
I came across The Incorrigible Children of Aston Place quite by accident. We are reading and researching all things British and I found this book. In this book, a young governess, Penelope and her students embark on a trip to London.

I got the audio version and didn't realize it was the second in the series until the kids and I were already listening. I wasn't really loving it at first. But my kids thought it was great so we kept going. And, in the end, I was pleasantly surprised.

So now-- to my
Book two of the series of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place is called The Hidden Gallery. What can I say? The plot thickens and the wolf children are becoming more educated and slightly more civilized. Their governess Miss Penelope Lumley is taking the children by train to London. The family will be taking up residence there while work is being done on Ashton Place. Miss Lumley is given a guide to London that is rather peculiar and also rather useless. She meets many interesting characte ...more
Now that I've finished two, I see that this is a series similar to the Lemony Snicket series. You have to read (or in my case listen to) them all to reach the conclusion. I very much would have enjoyed reading these with my kids when they were in second grade. The narrator is external and frequently explains terms and differences between the present and the story setting, which is Victorian England, making the stories quite educational and filled with vocabulary while being very entertaining. I ...more
I borrowed this book from Overdrive via the County of Los Angeles Library to complete the Sequel Spring Reading challenge. I listened to Book 1 last September and gave it 4 out of 5 stars. (Review here)
I really like this one as well. The story of the three children Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia raised by wolves continues with a trip to London with their governess Miss Penelope Lumely a fifteen year old graduate from Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females. On their Lo
Greatly enjoying this series; looking forward to reading the rest. I like how the clues to the series long mystery are slowly unveiled while the book-specific issues are resolved (at least mostly); paying attention is rewarded in the long run. I'm actually really looking forward to listening to this series on audio as well.
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Hidden Gallery written by Maryrose Wood, illustrated by Jon Klassen is the second book of a four book series. This book is about the Incorrigible Children otherwise identified as wolf cubs, and their sweet governess, Miss Penelope. The book goes through how the children are adapting to civilization as a human, while Penelope is their sort of mentor. These adventures take place in London when their hometown shuts down thanks to in Incorrigible Childr ...more
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
I listened to this book which may have influenced how much I liked it. Katherine Kellgren is an amazing narrator. However, I was pleased that for a second book in a series it didn't just seem like filler but that more of the pieces of the mystery are being revealed.
Loved this one as much as the first in the series. Great humor and fun mystery. Love the characters. The kids are so funny interspersing stuffy English phrases with gnawing on shoes. The plot thickens here but you are too busy enjoying the characters to notice.
Erin Boyington
On a visit to London, the mystery surrounding the wolf-children of Ashton Place deepens when their young governess, Penelope Lumley, receives warnings of danger at every turn.

Things have barely settled down after the disastrous Christmas party when renovations at Ashton Place make a visit to London highly desirable. The three wolfish Incorrigible children are thrilled to be in a new place, but their governess worries about how their squirrel-chasing and growling tendencies will play in a big cit
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Maryrose grew up in the wild suburbs of Long Island, moved to New York City at age 17 to study acting at New York University, then dropped out to be in the chorus of a Broadway musical — which flopped.

Lean and action-packed years of acting, directing, and making drunk people laugh at comedy clubs followed. Becoming a writer seemed the only way out of this Dickensian existence.

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“[A]s Agatha Swanburne once said, 'To be kept waiting is unfortunate, but to be kept waiting with nothing interesting to read is a tragedy of Greek proportions.” 27 likes
“Nowadays, people resort to all kinds of activities in order to calm themselves after a stressful event: performing yoga poses in a sauna, leaping off bridges while tied to a bungee, killing imaginary zombies with imaginary weapons, and so forth. But in Miss Penelope Lumley's day, it was universally understood that there is nothing like a nice cup of tea to settle one's nerves in the aftermath of an adventure- a practice many would find well worth reviving.” 19 likes
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