Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Review: The Willoughbys - Lois Lowry

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
Genre: Middle Grade, satire
Published on March 31, 2008
Published by HMH Books
Pages: 174
Read From: 7.15.12 - 7.15.12

If you start this book without the knowledge that it is a satire against classic stories about charming orphans and nannies, then the story will come across as perfectly horrid, downright mean, and not at all pleasant. But keep in mind that it is a satire. And it is a very funny satire. It’s very Snickety, in many ways, and the Author pokes fun at stories like Mary Poppins in a truly amusing way. Maybe adults will enjoy it more than kids, because adults will have read all of the books Lois Lowry makes fun of, and they will more readily recognize this as a satire. But I think there are a number of kids that would find it amusing, especially well-read kids. Even if you don’t know the stories it refers to, Readers will find it funny. This isn’t a story where the Reader must care about the characters; it’s a satire. And in satires, characters are supposed to be silly or horrid or utterly ridiculous. So don’t go into this book expecting a serious story.

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