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The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
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May 05, 08

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A rare misfire from Lowry -- this is a satire of various motifs found in "old-fashioned" kidlit: plucky sibling orphans, dastardly villains, prim nannies, long lost sons, babies left on doorsteps, etc. The premise and setup are good, but the characters -- especially the four Willoughby children -- come off as more caustic than funny. I think a lot of these jokes are going to wink straight over the heads of most kids, and some of them (such as the casual "girls are no good at anything" parody of sexism) might be completely misunderstood.

I chuckled here and there, and I really admire the attempt, but I just got the feeling that it could have been so much more. Rats. Perhaps Lowry will give it another shot ("The Willoughbys at School") with more success.
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Sarah I loved it, but I had a feeling this one wouldn't work for everybody.


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