The Shrunken Head
– A rather attractive bearded lady
– Several scandalous murders
– A deliciously disgusting Amazonian shrunken head
– Four extraordinary children with equally extraordinary abilities
– A quite loquacious talking bird
Blessed with extraordinary abilities, orphans Philippa, Sam, and Thomas have grown up happily in Dumfrey’s Dime Museum of Freaks, ...more
This gave me a Series of Unfortunate Events meets American Horror Story: Freakshow vibe and I loved every freaking moment of it. This book is so full of dark humor that it almost busts out through the seams. It's dark, hilarious, heart-warming, whimsical, heart-breaking, and bubbling with with mystery. Don't go into this book expecting a cute Middle-Grade read because you'll be incredibly disappointed. It's not cute at all, it's 10x better than that.
I loved all ...more
Oh, what an adventure! I haven`t read children's literature in a long time, though many things happening in this book can`t be called childish. It`s quite suitable for adults - the main characters might be children, but the events that occur in their life are definitely severe. I had goose bumps from the description of the hanged man!
This story reminded me a bit of Mi ...more
In New York City in the depths of the Great Depression, orphans Philippa “Pippa” Devue, Thomas Able, and Sam Fort have lived nearly their entirely lives at Dumphrey’s Dime Museum (a Ripley’s Believe It or Not-style museum combined with circus acts) under the watchful eye of ...more
This story followed 4 young children, Pippa, Max, Sam and Thomas and their journey and adventure to solving a series of murders before their home (a dime museum) gets closed down. Each one has very special powers that helps them solve the crime.
I ADORED this story. It was so good! The mystery wasn't predicta ...more
Actual Rating: 3.5/4
I wouldn't have picked this series up if I hadn't bought the second book in this series back in February because the cover looked beautiful. Sigh. But, The Shrunken Head was surprisingly enjoyable. It was very easy to read and follow and thank goodness for that because dehydration makes you temporarily stupid and drowsy.
Pippa, Sam, Thomas and Max are four orphans with extraordinary abilities who are part of a museum in New York. The Museum allegedly exhibits oddities and...more
Sam, Thomas and Pippa work at Dumfrey's Dime Museum of Freaks and Oddities in New York City. It is one of the last dime museums operating in the 1930s, and has live performances as well as displays of "curiosities". When Mr. Dumfrey buys a shrunken head, odd things start to happen. A woman falls from the balcony and is killed, and Bill Evans, a reporter, blames the head in a sensational news article. A new girl, Max, shows up hoping for work at the museum and is taken in right ...more
This book honestly just wins. The Shrunken Head is one of the best middle grade novels I’ve read in a while and I barely even knew what it was about before diving in. I just saw the pretty cover and that it was by an author whose name I was familiar with so I decided to give it a shot. This book was 1000% worth it.
The Shrunken head is EVERYTHING. This book combines the supernatural, with a historical setting, throws in a little bit of m ...more
I never read a Lauren Oliver book before and I am not sure why. I absolutely loved this story and the cover is fantastic. This book is a lot of fun to read and the 4 main characters in this book make this book a great read. The story is told in 4 different POVs Pippa, Max, Thomas & Sam. The kids live at Dumbfrey's Dime Museum as one of the attraction. Each kid has a special talent that is unique, most of the oddities at the museum are like side show performers but the kids are diffe ...more
I haven't always had the best author reader relationship with Lauren Oliver. I enjoyed her Delirium series, but both Before I Fall and Panic were books that I had so many issues with. Her new foray into middle grade with The Curiosity House series is a complete success and I enjoyed every moment. There is something so utterly lovely about a well written and adventurous middle grade series and installment one, The Shrunken Head, shows exactly why the young ...more
The Shrunken Head is about four orphan kids who live in a museum of wonders. Think about American Horror St ...more
The story is really good as well. A very nice middle grade mystery with a supernatural flair. I really enjoyed it and look forward to where the series is going. Plus, I think my daughters are going to really enjoy reading it as well.
The wonder (and perhaps the novelty) wore off, though, as the novel progressed, and the elements of mystery faded into explanations decidedly less attractive as cliché after cliché popped up in the dialogue, and every plot "twist" was visible from at least fift ...more
The Shrunken Head is a middle grade mystery. It is the first book in The Curiosity House series.
It features four remarkable orphans (all around 12 years old): Pippa, Sam, Thomas and Max. Pippa is a mentalist (she can tell what is in people's pockets). Sam is the world’s strongest boy. Thomas can squeeze himself into small spaces. And Max (girl) is an amazing knife-thrower. They perform and live at Dumfrey’s Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders.
This book is MG, which is not really my norm ...more
I really dug this book! It has a great cast of characters and the growing relationships between them. Max, Pippa, Sam, and Thomas... I loved them all. I wish the novel was longer and we had more down time with the characters. The story arc and mystery was interesting till the very end. It was fun and nerve racking. The setting is whimsical and dark and speaks to me. I recommend this if you love middle grade, freak shows (or just the AHS show), who dun it's, and just amazing novels honestly. ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. (Fantasy, mystery) Four kids with strange powers grew up in a freak house and eventually solve a murder. Read in early 2016. [s]||3||29||Jun 08, 2018 01:10PM|
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