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A really quirky and completely original tale of villains, benefactors, abandoned infants, winsome orphans and diabolical plans. The kids in the Willoughby household – four of them, plot how best to become orphans, for their parents are not what they’d hoped for; at least they are not when they compare themselves to their literary heroes like Anne of Green Gables, Pollyanna and James with his giant peach. What's more, the parents in the Willoughby household are formulating a plan inspired by Hansel and Gretel to get rid of their children! Chaos reigns and wonderful old-fashioned adventures ensue, but do the kids and the parents eventually see sense??? It’s well worth reading to find out.
Shouldn't we be orphans?' one of the Willoughby children suggests one day. The four are, after all, part of an old-fashioned kind of family, and their parents -- well, their parents are not all that one would hope for. Recalling literary heroes like Anne of Green Gables, Pollyanna and James with his giant peach, the Willoughbys concoct a diabolical plan to turn themselves into worthy and winsome orphans. Little do they know that Mr and Mrs Willoughby have already begun to formulate their own thoroughly despicable plan inspired by another favourite bedtime story: The tale of Hansel and Gretel...
|Publication date:||3rd September 2009|
|Publisher:||Boxer Books Limited|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Family / Home Stories, General Fiction, Humorous|
Lois Lowry on Lois Lowry: I’ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three. My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother: gentle, family-oriented, eager to please. Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad; together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets; and later, when Jon was older, they always seemed to have their heads under the raised hood of a car. That left me in-between, and exactly where I wanted most to be: on my own. I ...More About Lois Lowry
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