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The Willoughbys Now a Netflix animated film, starring Ricky Gervais, Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski, Will Forte, Alessia Cara, and Séan Cullen!  From the New York Times Bestselling and twotime Newbery Medalwinning author of The Giver and Number the Stars, comes a delightfully tongueincheek story about parents trying to get rid of their four children and the children who are all too happy to lose their beastly parents and be on their own   The Willoughby children—Timothy, twins Barnaby A and Barnaby B, and their sister Jane—are fond all oldfashioned things, but especially oldfashioned adventures What they aren't fond of, however, are their parents Truth be told, their parents aren't the fondest of them, either, and they're concocting an evil plan to get rid of their children once and for all!   Both parents and children have plenty of dastardly ideas and tricks up their sleeves The only thing they don't have is any idea of what lies between them and a happilyeverafter   Complete with a cheeky glossary and bibliography, this hilarious and wonderfully oldfashioned parody pays playful homage to classic works of children’s literature like Mary Poppins and A Christmas Carol

10 thoughts on “The Willoughbys

  1. Daisy Daisy says:

    This is one of the best things I've read all year. It is my new favorite book. So smart and funny, I read it with--I swear--a real smile on my face the entire time AND I laughed out loud. That might have had something to do with the small kitten I have who fell asleep upside down on my shoulder while I was reading it but not entirely. I want to own this book

  2. Jackie Jackie says:

    As a scholar of 18th and 19th century children's literature, I was immediately drawn to a book purporting to be a parody of old fashioned books. But I was unimpressed by Lowry's actual novel. Perhaps because I had in mind a definition of parody that means something beyond just a funny imitation; most parodies are written to ridicule or satirize the genre they

  3. Betsy Betsy says:

    As in all good old-fashioned stories, this one involves the four Willoughby children. There is Tim, the oldest, who is very bossy. Jane is the youngest and has a hard time sticking up for herself. And then there are the twins A and B. The children are essentially good kids, but their parents are the worst sorts. Negligent and wasteful, they concoct a plan to le

  4. Liana Grace Liana Grace says:

    Dark, sarcastic humour done cleverly for middle graders. A perfect read aloud choice if you want to get kids giggling - I certainly was!

  5. Katerina Kondrenko Katerina Kondrenko says:

    9.5 out of 10

    A sarcastic tale with very intelligent humor that makes fun of cliches and cliched itself in a very original manner. A must-read.

  6. Sesana Sesana says:

    What an odd little book. The Willoughbys is a sort of parody of old fashioned children's books. The children are hoping that their parents will be killed in a dangerous around the world trip, and the parents are hoping to sell the home out from under the children and have them cast out into the street before they return. There's also an abandoned baby, a wealthy b

  7. Mario Mario says:

    The Willoughbys is a short novel about a group of kids who decide to become orphans. However, their plans are interrupted when their parents leave and find a nanny to keep an eye on her.

    I was quite surprised with how much I enjoyed reading this book. I've read it in a couple of hours, and I was left with wanting to read more about the adventures of the

  8. KC KC says:

    A delightful and humorous tale of parents and their antics to rid their lives of their 4 children, an orphan left on the steps of a recluse baron, and a nanny who ties all things together.

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  10. Darla Darla says:

    This is such a clever little book! Lois Lowry is Roald Dahl and Lemony Snicket with a delightful twist. Such a well-plotted story and full of humor for both young and old. Would make a delightful read aloud in an elementary classroom. Lowry even makes her glossary super entertaining. Take this nugget for example:
    OBSTRUCTION is something--or someone--that causes

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