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The Willoughbys

by Lois Lowry

Timothy, Barnaby A, Barnaby B, and Jane think they should be orphans. In fact, they know they should be orphans. They've devised a plan to get rid of their cruel parents. It involves a nanny and a dangerous vacation. 5 out of 5 chirps!WinkWinkWink




Average: 4 (1 vote)
submitted by Maria C., age 9
(January 29, 2009 - 7:37 pm)

I didn't think it was too good.  A little . . . lame.  But Lois Lowry's other books (The Giver!!) are good.  

submitted by BellaTrix ✌ ♡
(February 9, 2009 - 11:58 pm)

I read it and I thought it was all right, but nothing special. Definitely not up to Lowry's usual standards (The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger, Gossamer, etc.) The plot was very predictable, the story too short, and I don't see why Lowry had to point out in the story again and again that they were traditional children. It had some humor, but what there was wasn't very well developed. Plus the characters of Nanny and the girl child (sorry, I forget her name at the moment) didn't have very defined personalities or beliefs. Just my opinion.

submitted by Allison P., age 12
(March 3, 2009 - 5:16 pm)

This book is good- not my favorite.  It is kinda odd and has the "that would never happen in real life" quality to it. It was delightfully funny.  I do love Lois Lowry though- a GREAT author, I recomend Number the Stars, and The Silent Boy is very sad and ultimetly haunting in a very weird way. The Willoughbys is definetly worth the read.

submitted by Soda-Pop, age not sure, Here
(August 16, 2010 - 1:37 pm)

I did not like this book. It is a bore. No offense, but I prefer Number the Stars.

submitted by S.E. , age 10 2/3, w.m.
(June 15, 2013 - 7:54 am)