The Beasts of Clawstone Castle
When their parents go to America for the summer, Madlyn and Rollo are sent to their great-aunt Emily and great-uncle George at Clawstone Castle, home of the legendary and mysterious Wild White Cattle of Clawstone Park. But times are hard at Clawstone, as the fancier castle down the road attracts all the tourist traffic. Determined to save the castle and the herd, Madlyn an...more
Fortunately, “the Beasts of Clawstone Castle” is not one of those books. The writing is beautiful and lovely, the characters are enjoyable in their own eccentric way.
This book can be read by adults as well, if they fancy things like “Coraline” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. It was a quick and enjoyable ...more
Read as an adult.
Not as gory as some of Ms. Ibbotson's other books. The ghosts were a bit gruesome, but that's ok... they're GHOSTS after all!
But I digress!
I love a good middle grade book and this one was no exception. It was fun right from the start. I loved the idea of Madlyn and Rollo going to stay with an uncle they know n ...more
Couldn't put it down. Would stay up very late at night trying to find out what happened next! A great book with very clear description. Anyone who loves animals would cry while reading this.
Case in point : The Beasts of Clawstone Castle.
Madyln and Rollo are sent off to Clawstone Castle, to live with eccentric Uncle George and ...more
Eva Ibbotson est une auteur de référence dans la littérature jeunesse. Ses histoires sont souvent loufoques mais dotées de réflexions tout de même.
On suit l’été de Madlyn et Rollo dans ce château-musée qui part en ruines : humide, déserté par les visiteurs. Les enfants, h ...more
I really liked the first half and, to a lesser extent, the latter half.
The British overload threatens to make me somehow
Ibbotson's writing is, and I don't say this much at all, a joy to read. It's so clean and precise and lovely and just wonderful without being childish. The lyricism flows and weaves, drawing you into the world that she has created. You feel like you ar ...more
From the cover I expected a sort of horror comedy, but what I wasn't expecting was gross-out stuff like that found in Horrible Histories. Which is very popular with kids, but I can't handle it myself. The descriptions of these ghosts are quite disgusting.
As a child reader I never questioned an author's positioning of goodies against baddies; the viewpoint character was always, unambiguously, the goodie. But as an adult my naivety ...more
Bienvenue à Griffstone raconte l'histoire de Madlyn et Rollo, envoyés au château de Griffstone pour l'été, pour que leurs parents puissent travailler loin de chez eux. Une fois sur place, ils se rendront compte que les journées portes-ouvertes qu'organise leur oncle Sir George ne rapportent rien. Alors ils ont une idée de génie: et si ils faisaient appel aux fantômes ...more
This was a typical Eva Ibbotson fantasy, with good people vs bad people and ...more
I've never read any of Ibb ...more
This book features ghosts, and a decaying stately ho ...more
So i wasn't originally going to read this book this month but i decided to because I had nothing else to read and it was just sitting on my shelf. I mean I did win this book for a writing comp a few years back so I thought "hey why not?"
So this book did not play out like I thought it would. TBH I didn't know what to expect from this book. I mean it definitely was different, quite weird but different and the descriptions of the ghosts and some of the scenes were quite gruesome for a children' ...more
Eva Ibbotson was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1925. When Hitler came into power, Ibbotson's family moved to England. She attended Bedford College, graduating in 1945; Cambridge University from 1946-47; and the University of Durham, from which she graduated with a diploma in edu ...more