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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  19,345 ratings  ·  1,064 reviews
Little Lord Fauntleroy (1885, 1886) by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a beloved children's novel that made a huge impact on the 19th century public, shaping everything from boys' clothing fashions to copyright law. Cedric Errol is a generous, kind, and exemplary middle-class American boy who is suddenly found to be the heir of the Earl of Dorincourt. Saying loving goodbyes to ...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published October 18th 2006 by Norilana Books (first published November 1st 1886)
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Jul 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a really silly book that caused a generation of little boys to have to suffer through long hair and white lace collars. Cedric, aka Little Lord Fauntleroy, is a goody good good little boy. His mother is perfect too.

I bet thousands of little boys in the 1880's wanted this book to disappear.
Casey Costello
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The fact that Frances Hodgson Burnett's "Little Lord Fauntleroy" was such a sensation in the 1880s says as much about the contrast between the late Victorian Era and today as any anthropological study could.

The story centers around Cedric Errol, a kind, optimistic young boy who lives with his mother in modest circumstances in New York City, and is friends with just about everyone he meets. One day, he learns that he is actually Lord Fauntleroy, the heir apparent to become Earl of Dorincourt, and
Calling a child (and of course, this is most usually and generally a young boy) a Little Lord Fauntleroy often tends to be more than a bit derogatory and it can even insinuate that one thinks, that one believes the youngster in question to be supposedly rather spoiled, precocious and given to sometimes annoyingly prim and proper, rather arrogant airs and graces. But actually and truly, this is an unfortunate labelling which is in fact and indeed pretty well a majorly and strangely ironic misnome ...more
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's funny that I used to read this book about once a month in my childhood. It was a book I went back to time after time. I reread it and I have to laugh at myself bc I don't remember ANY of the story! Weird how the brain works [or memory.]

Although I liked it and enjoyed it for being quick and cute and having a sentimental Cinderella theme I seem to find it corny at my old age of 33. Little Lord Fauntleroy was so sweet and kind i wanted to punch his cute, gentle face to make sure he wasn't a ro
One of my favorite children's heartwarming books about kindness, love, selfless, and nobility.
Every time I read this, I feel happy and hopeful.

This book is not as well known as Burnett's two other books - The Secret Garden and A Little Princess. Maybe because there are fewer boys who love to be told stories compared to girls, and this one is more for little boys, as the other two would mainly please girls. In any case, this is my favorite from those three.

Beverly Cleary found the inspiration fo
This is pretty terrible. But hey, it does have this passage:
Here lyeth ye bodye of Gregorye Arthure Fyrst Earle of Dorincourt allsoe of Alisone Hildegarde hys wyfe.

'May I whisper?' inquired his lordship, devoured by curiosity.

'What is it?' said his grandfather.

'Who are they?'

'Some of your ancestors,' answered the Earl, 'who lived a few hundred years ago.'

'Perhaps,' said Lord Fauntleroy, regarding them with respect, 'perhaps I got my spelling from them.'
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another gem from one of my all time favorite authors. There’s just something about Burnett’s books... an emanating benevolence that wraps you up like a homemade quilt and makes it impossible not to smile and feel full of renewed hope for humanity. I absolutely love this book.
Deborah Ideiosepius
This long standing children's classic story is another from "Mrs Burnett" that has totally stood the test of time. While the rags to riches story is almost a cliche today, in this story it is well enough done to be fresh and interesting, even to the most jaded 21st century palate. It is almost the prototype, so, while there are no unexpected twists in the story and no one truly can doubt the ending, the journey there is as comfortable, pleasant and enjoyable as sinking into a well loved comfy so ...more
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This rags to riches children classics revolves around Cedric and his family. His mother and the seven year old Cedric are one of those nice, kind and goody good people who barely make their ends meet in New York City. He is found to the inheritor to earldom in England and his newly found grandfather invites them back home. The grumpy, stubborn Earl already dislikes them even before he meets them.

How the charming boy turns the misanthropic grandfather around fo
Kathleen Dixon
Jul 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
I put this aside for a while and find a month and a half later that I have no interest in returning to it. Just not my thing - I can't blame it on the author's writing style because I love The Secret Garden, but I've never known an angelic child (don't get me wrong, I adore my grandchildren, but they have their naughty moments like every other child I've ever known) and just can't feel any sense of reality in the few pages I read. ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I read this for a reading challenge. I was alternately feeling charmed and then revolted by this child. A large part of me felt I would instantly dislike such a paragon. But for my sins, I am a Primary School teacher and I must admit, you do occasionally get the most gorgeous and angelic child come through the system, so I cant say it’s impossible!
Jul 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: already-read
This is most certainly a Burnett book, with its theme of pure, innocent goodness overcoming greed and maliciousness (not to mention the theme of beauty being associated with goodness). For the first couple of chapters, I really thought that I wasn't going to like this one. I still don't think it holds a candle to "The Secret Garden," or even "A Little Princess," but it did grow on me a bit. I have a couple of complaints:

1. Maybe this is my own sexism rearing its ugly head, but I did not enjoy re
Luisa Knight
I'm pretty certain that I can't do justice to this book. My attempt at a review is sure to be blithely.

So how about using these words to get my thoughts across: Wonderful. Superb. Exemplary. Entirely lovely. Fond literary moments. Impeccable characters (that you truly adore and really wish you could meet in real life; like warm-hearted little Ceddie ... and his noble, forgiving mother ... the grocery man Mr Hobbs... and even the grumpy old Earl is likable before he has a turn of heart!) Pages fu
Akemi G.
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-fiction, kid-lit
A classic story in which the good wins in the end. Ah, how predictable! And I'm usually against predictable plots -- I typically don't even finish the book when the plot becomes so predictable (and this happens quite often, unfortunately).

Then why 5 stars? Because I remember I enjoyed it as a child. I think small children enjoy predictability as well as surprises. Or perhaps it's not so predictable for them. I really wanted Cedric to prevail. I really wanted his grandfather, who I could see was
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of my most favorite books ever, and I'm not sure why... I just found it to be a very sweet story, and one I would recommend. If anything, it's because Fauntleroy is so much fun to say. Go on, say it! ...more
There is always something endearing when a child with all his innocence penetrates the crusty hearts of the adults around him.
Nov 11, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: echa, dahlia
I love it. But if you're wondering why I gave it three stars. Merely because I read Little Princess and the Secret Garden first. Somehow, Burnett's works have a pattern of their own and you'd know at the end everything will be alright. A happy ending. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!


Beruntung sekali menemukannya di gudang buku Pasfes, dengan harga murah dan diterjemahkan dengan apik. Mari berburu buku-buku Frances Hodgson Burnett :D
Nour Chafaa
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful little boy!! 💗
He seemed like a child that one would call an old soul. The story telling in this book is such a blast of kindness and warmth
I pray God to give me a boy like little lord Fauntleroy one day.

Dhanaraj Rajan
I had read two other works by the same author. They are: The Secret Garden and A Little Princess. The main protagonists in these two works were girls and in the book in review the main character is a boy. I think this was a book intended for the small boys.

But then children's literature always comes with its own charm. I was truly amused by the simple story in which a small boy from the poor quarters of New York suddenly finds himself to be an inheritor of earldom in England. He is transferred t
Susan Jo Grassi
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this in school when I was 10 or 11. That was, wait for it, half a century ago. Since it was a school project, I doubt that I appreciated it as much as I did this time around. It's the classic example of how good can change bad and innocence and trust can overcome self-indulgence. ...more
Sep 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Another Burnett that touched my childish heart. Of course it is not about a little girl, so it cannot hold the same place as Secret Garden or Little Princess, but it is there nonetheless.
5+ stars & 8/10 hearts. Oh, how I love this book. <33 It is just so sweet and wholesome and humorous and beautiful. Little Lord Fauntleroy is an absolute sweetheart, and he is NOT too good to be true--I'd love to have a child like him, and I think I could, if I were as careful and loving as Mrs. Errol. (She is another sweetheart. She's just amazing.) I love the Earl--you can't help loving the poor old man. And Mr. Havisham is really nice too, and Dick! And Mr. Hobbs and the servants are so funny ...more
Jason Pettus
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I find it fascinating that, when author Frances Hodgson Burnett was alive, her fans didn't have even the slightest doubt that 1886's now forgotten Little Lord Fauntleroy would go on to become the most famous work of her career, given that it was undoubtedly so at the time; while the one book of hers that has had a remarkably long shelf life, 1911's The Secret Garden, was conside
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great classic story.
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Who Enjoy Sentimental Children's Fiction
I am always at something of a loss to explain my abiding love for Little Lord Fauntleroy, which must be included, along with The Secret Garden and A Little Princess , among the author's better known works. Extremely sentimental, with a somewhat more moralistic tone than that found in Burnett's other two classics, it features a child protagonist so angelically good that children everywhere might be forgiven for hating him.

But despite its Victorian trappings - complete with English aristocr
This was a sweet little story that highlights the power of kindness, generosity and friendship.

Cedric Errol, aka Little Lord Fauntleroy, was a perfect, little angel boy. Such a perfect kid, in fact, that any mother who reads this book will be instantly disappointed in their own ogre-like offspring in comparison. lol He's handsome. He's kind. He's caring. He's baby Jesus saintlike. I mean, don't get me wrong, I liked him as a character, but he's kind of setting the bar RIDICULOUSLY HIGH for othe
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
So this was pretty vapid and one of those children's classics that just doesn't hold up as much when I missed it as a kid and I'm reading it when I'm old, probably. Some gross and occasionally contradictory stuff about class (are the poor noble or aren't they? Are they just worse than moneyed people or are they virtuous even if uneducated?? Does being uneducated make them worse than other people? Maybe??), casual racism (mostly against the Italians, so that was weird), and some seriously unneces ...more
Smitha Murthy
I have become quite the fan of Frances Hodgson Burnett over the last year or so. When you read Children’s Literature as an adult, you do so because despite our cynicism and the jaded ennui that accompanies most of our adult life, there is still something good in us that can relate to the qualities of kindness, compassion, and sheer friendship that encompass so many books written for children. We might have to wash our eyes away from the strains of today.

We might have to throw away those spectac
Sep 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
There is a charm to older, classic children's novels that is undeniable. I don't care how many people tell me they are too "goody goody." I love that there are novels that inspire children to goodness, and in so doing, inspire the adults in their lives to the same. Lesser known than her novels, "The Secret Garden" and "A Little Princess," this novel is just as sweet and uplifting. A delight to read. I have treasured images in my mind of my little boy's face alight as I read this book to him when ...more
If this weren't so 'syrupy' I'd have enjoyed the story more. (E.g., He calls his mother 'dearest.')

I grew up hearing references to Little Lord Fauntleroy, but it wasn't until I was in my late teens that I realized it referenced a book by FHB, one of my favorite childhood authors.
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Frances Eliza Hodgson was the daughter of ironmonger Edwin Hodgson, who died three years after her birth, and his wife Eliza Boond. She was educated at The Select Seminary for Young Ladies and Gentleman until the age of fifteen, at which point the family ironmongery, then being run by her mother, failed, and the family emigrated to Knoxville, Tennessee. Here Hodgson began to write, in order to sup ...more

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