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

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Thanks to their plucky governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia are much more like children than wolf cubs now. They are accustomed to wearing clothes. They hardly ever howl at the moon. And for the most part, they resist the urge to chase squirrels up trees.

Yet the Incorrigibles are not entirely civilized, and still managed to ruin Lady Constanc
Hardcover, 313 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Balzer + Bray (first published April 1st 2010)
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Mar 23, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 27, 2011 Jeni rated it liked it
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
Nov 07, 2012 Kathryn rated it really liked it
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
Mar 14, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
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
Two books in, and I'm still enjoying this series. I like the characters, especially Penelope, a lot, I'm interested by the central mystery, and I really like the narrator on the audiobooks. This is one of the best uses of a Lemony Snicket style narrator outside A Series of Unfortunate Events, which makes me very happy. And yet I'm started to feel slightly frustrated with the pace that central mystery is unfolding at. It's going very, very slowly, so much so that I'm starting to think that there ...more
No. I needed something to listen to and this was available. I thought that maybe my opinion might have changed about this series since I last listened to the first book, but no. I found this story too slow moving and odd, even though the Incorrigible children took a backseat to the governess this time around and I find that character more interesting than the children.

Will not continue on with this series.
Jun 22, 2013 Jackie rated it liked it
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
May 28, 2014 Mara rated it really liked it
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
Apr 03, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, children-s
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
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
Jul 21, 2016 Cyndi rated it it was amazing
These books are so cute!! I recommend the audio version. The reader is a brilliant actress and the British accent makes me want a cuppa tea while enjoying the story.
Jul 28, 2011 Janessa rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
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
Jan 24, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it
The second volume in Maryrose Wood’s Incorrigible Children series is just as delightful as the first, even if it does move rather more slowly than it might have. This time, Ashton Place is undergoing repairs following The Mysterious Howling's catastrophic Christmas party, and indefatigable governess and onetime Poor Bright Female Penelope Lumley and her brood of formerly feral youngsters decamp to London along with the Lord and Lady. Penelope looks forward to exploring the big city alongside her ...more

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
Oct 07, 2014 Arkara rated it really liked it
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
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile

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
Jan 16, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
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
Jan 30, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
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
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
May 03, 2011 Sandy rated it really liked it
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
Jun 04, 2013 melissa1lbr rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, middle-grade
My Thoughts:
I really like this series, but think I'd like it less if I wasn't listening to the audio versions. I was drawn into and involved in everything that went on during the book, but afterward wondered what exactly the point was. They come to London, fiddle around, and then go back home with pretty much no plot moving forward, except perhaps some things that Penelope "learns" Mostly, this one entertains me with its quirky characters and bizarre happenings. And Katherine Kellgren's delightf
Andrew Wolgemuth
Aug 31, 2016 Andrew Wolgemuth rated it really liked it
A fun follow-up to the first book in The Incorrigibles series, the wordplay and mystery effectively continue in The Hidden Gallery.

I read this aloud to my 8yo and 6yo, and I love that Wood introduces complex vocabulary, ideas, and history in a way that always explains them through the story and repetition. For example, the idea of "high dudgeon" (that is, "a state of anger, resentment, or offense") is introduced and defined early in the book ... and then used throughout the story so that young r
Such fun. I love the authorial voice, warm and witty, telling this story. The Incorrigibles are hilarious, half wild, half erudite and proper. I love Penelope Lumley, poor orphan governess, fan of pony stories, a stout-hearted lass. And I loved the discourse on guidebooks.

The only reason the book doesn't get five stars is that so little has been resolved; maybe in the next book some questions will be answered.
I enjoyed The Mysterious Howling enough to continue on to this book; I may read the third but I'm starting to lose interest! This book in particular felt repetitive, 3/4 of the way through I felt like I would barf if I heard one more quote or reference to Agatha Swanburne. The relationship between the children and Penelope is still really endearing and fun; overall I would not hesitate to recommend this series to a middle-grade reader.
Jul 03, 2016 Kalilah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Incorrigibles... those incredibly adorable incorrigibles... they just get cuter with each book, it seems. The illustrations do not help to rationalise their adorability, for they only add to the ridiculousness of the situation. If I am not making sense, then my point is well and truly made.
I bid you, fellow reader, an adequately forewarned adieu.

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.
Apr 15, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Miss Lumley takes the Incorrigibles to London. Absolutely charming. I am both sad and happy that this is apparently a series without an end, rather than the ubiquitous trilogy, because I want to know all the answers to all the questions!
Mar 02, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: older-childrens
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.
Love! Love! Love!

I heart Maryrose Wood and I heart Katherine Kellgren even more for her pitch-perfect narration of every single character in this book.

I can't wait for the next installment!

Review to come soon on my blog.
Sep 28, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, ya
Once again, I so enjoyed this book!! Perhaps even more than the first? Four and a half stars, all the way. The mystery gets deeper, the antics are so funny and the writing is so charming. Can't wait to get my hands on the next book!
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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.

Maryrose started out
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Other Books in the Series

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (6 books)
  • The Mysterious Howling (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1)
  • The Unseen Guest (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #3)
  • The Interrupted Tale (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #4)
  • The Unmapped Sea (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #5)
  • Untitled (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #6)

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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.” 50 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.” 27 likes
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