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Preview — Horton Halfpott; or, The Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor; or, The Loosening of M’Lady Luggertuck’s Corset by Tom Angleberger
Horton Halfpott; or, The Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor; or, The Loosening of M’Lady Luggertuck’s Corset
Tom Angleberger's latest, loopiest middle-grade novel begins when M'Lady Luggertuck loosens her corset (it's never been loosened before!), thereby setting off a chain of events in which all the strict rules of Smugwick Manor are abandoned. When, as a result of "the Loosening," the precious family heirloom, the Luggertuck Lump (quite literally a lump), goes missing, the Lug...more
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Written in a clever manner in a style with a bit of Dickens and a bit of Snickett. I loved this book and think kids would love it.
Waiting for a sequel.
This middle-grade novella clocking in at just over 200 pages is A Series of Unfortunate Events meets Harry Potter liberally peppered with Dic
I liked Bump, Blight and Blemish more then Horton, though.
―Horton Halfpott: or, The Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor; or, The Loosening of M'Lady Luggertuck's Corset, P. 17
Tom Angleberger seems to have entered into that select group of authors elevated in common thought as being particularly good at writing for boy readers. At their best, his books are so much more than just that, but never does he fail to produce writing that is remarkably suited ...more
It sets up a household that is filled disgruntled workers and a spoiled noble family that is oblivious to anything other than their own needs. Horton is the kitchen boy with a good heart but bad things ke ...more
But while the narrator does at time explain things, the writing is smart and funny and lends itself to the reader being able to do some thinking for themselves. I love the character names! And, who doesn't love a story with a ha ...more
Trades of Dickens, gothic, farce and total silliness make for a delightful read.
We read it for book club and the kids are begging for all the side stories mentioned in the book. They were upset to be told that there isn't another book with all the stories mentioned. That was kind of fun to witness. (Maybe I have a ...more
This book could lovingly be called a study in the absurd. The fact that it is so crazy makes it enjoyable. There is no way to guess what is going to happen next, because nothing follows any sort of logic. This book is an enjoyable read that I would recommend to anyone, even adults, because we all need a little absurdity every now and then.
Horton is the goody two-shoes whom, with the help of true friends, triumphs over the bad guy. There will be no surprises here. It is a fun read, however, and I personally enjoyed the reference to Hercule Poirot.