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The Wild Washerwomen

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  51 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
'Look out, the wild washerwomen are coming!'

Once upon a time there were seven unhappy washerwomen. They had far too much washing to do and the owner of the laundry, Mr Balthazar Tight, was simply dreadful! So they decide to go on strike. They are so happy with their newfound freedom that it seems nobody can control them. Until along come seven woodcutters, eager to teach t
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Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 2nd 2009 by Andersen (first published 1979)
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Laura
Aug 23, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book tells the story of seven washerwomen, called Dottie, Lottie, Molly, Dolly, Winnie, Minnie and Ernestine. They worked for Mr Balthazar Tight, who was very mean and made them work long and hard, this made the washerwomen unhappy. One day they decided to go on strike and escaped from the laundry. Everywhere they went they caused havoc, they enjoyed it so much that day after day they went on the rampage terrifying everyone as they went.

Seven woodcutters, who lived in the forest, heard the
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Sandra
Sep 19, 2012 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is a story about seven washerwomen who work for Mr Balthazar, who is a mean owner of the laundrette. The washerwomen are over worked and under paid. They are pushed to their limits when they receive a laundry load that is overwhelmingly large and filthy.
As a result, they decide to go on strike against Mr Balthazar and cause chaos throughout the town. This disruptive behaviour continued until they stumbled upon seven of the dirtiest woodcutters. The washerwomen cleaned up the woodcutters an
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Emmeline Guest
Oct 02, 2009 Emmeline Guest rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore Quentin Blake ...

and I adore this book (as does my four year old son).

A silly story about seven washerwomen who are so fed up with their mean employer (Mr. Balthazar Tight) and all the MANY loads of laundry they wash day after day, that they go on a rampage!

The women splash mud on pedestrians, set animals loose, and swung from church bell ropes ...

Until he women run smack into seven of the dirtiest things they have ever seen ... seven woodcutters, who had planned to scare the rampaging
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현순 최
Jul 14, 2014 현순 최 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: social, love
long time ago, there were seven washerwomen. Everyday they need to wash the great mound of laundry. They got to the river they sorted out the clothes and plunged them in soaking , soaping and pounded them on the stones. They always need to do hard working. Their owner was mean little man. He forced them to do lots of things. One day they decided to run away from laundry house. Day by day they went on the rampage everywhere, but they met seven woodcutters in the forest and they lived happy foreve ...more
Kim
Oct 03, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was absolutely charming. I'm biased because the illustrations were done by Quentin Blake and I LOVE him, but the story is very funny.
Sylvester
5* art
3* story

This book deserves more stars. It's not quite Squirt's cup of tea yet. We'll come back to it in a year and see then.
Semira
Oct 13, 2012 Semira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood
Jack Lasenby gave me this book one time we visited him. It is one of my favourites and Blake's illustrations always make me smile. I will read this to my children
Katie
Sep 30, 2009 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books, humor
Cute! The middle started to stray, but then it picked back up at the end with a funny twist.
Mary
I especially like when the big pile of dirty laundry lands on Mr. Tight. :)
Beth
Sep 03, 2009 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
Fun to pair the song The Wishy Washy Washer Woman.
Erica
Jul 17, 2013 Erica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Labor organizing meets lunacy meets matchmaking. So silly!
Heather
Feb 13, 2013 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-library
45 months - certainly a unique and slightly odd story.
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Jan 06, 2015 Slow Man rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
I love it!
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John Yeoman was for many years Head of English at the French Lycée in London. His collaboration with Quentin Blake began in 1960, and has resulted in a long list of successful children’s books of which a number of earlier well-loved titles are now being republished by Andersen Press for new generations of readers.
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