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The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
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Dec 22, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2012, 5-middle-grade-readers, reading-to-kids

This was Kate's Christmas book but we all ended up enjoying it. The Victorian sentence structure put the kids off a bit at first and makes the adult read carefully but this is not necessarily a bad thing. The style of the prose is offset by the hilarity of the characters. It's good for the kids to learn dry humor that is not snide or cruel like the language used on tv. Lots of good vocabulary lessons. Unexpected yet excellent use of Longfellow's "Wreck of the Hesperus" and I can truly say that my children have a complete mastery of the term ironic.

To top it off, I love any book I can read to both kids at night then wake up to them playing their own version of it in the morning.

Book 2 is on order.

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