The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry.
Leave everything you know about Lowry and her type of book behind. Now you are ready to enter the world of The Willoughbys. The four Willoughby children are not adored by their parents. In fact, their parents are desperate to escape. Luckily, the children felt exactly the same way. So when their parents head out on dangerous adventures, leaving them with a capable nanny, the children are overjoyed but worried that their parents may one day return. Add into the mix an abandoned infant, a desperately depressed millionaire, and long-lost children and you have this novel.
Lowry has captured with great zest, fun and life a vintage feel, tipping her hat to great works of children’s literature throughout. Her tone is spot-on and at first child readers may wonder if it’s OK to laugh, but it certainly is. The book is light, quick and a blast to read. Giggling is to be expected.
I am a huge fan of Lowry ever since The Giver and this is a new type of writing for her. What a risk to take, but what a winner of a novel resulted! This would make a great class read aloud for older elementary students or will happily be curled up with by anyone with a sense of humor. Fans of Lemony Snicket will enjoy it immensely.