June 6, 2008

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry

The Willoughbys

Like previous Lois Lowry books (like The Giver, and Number the Stars) this book was extremely well written and wildly entertaining. It will be read and loved by millions. The only reason I am giving it a one angel rating, is that as much as I liked it, it's not something I could read over and over again. I don't know why, it's just one of those things. That said, it is definitely worth picking up and reading through to the end. The humor is witty and a little bit sarcastic. And the book references common themes in classic literature(orphans, wealthy donors, lovable nannies, etc.).

In the Willoughby family the kids and the parents both come to the conclusion that they would be better off without the other. So while the parents are hatching a Hansel and Gretel like plan to get rid of the children, the kids are trying to find a way to become orphans. The book guides us through both plots as both parties do whatever they can to achieve their goal.


  1. You've redone your page! I like it. I especially like the little slide show of all the books you own. Why wouldn't you read this book over and over? It looks like something I would really like.

  2. I don't really know how to explain it. The only thing that really comes to mind is that movie Miracle about hockey. I really enjoyed it when I first watched it, and it was really well made, but now that I've seen it a couple of times I don't really have any desire to watch it again. I know exactly what is going to happen and when, so its not as exciting. The story doesn't draw me in every time. It's good, and I like it, but everytime I watch it again it's the same thing. I never notice different parts of the story, and it never quite captures my interest like it did the first time I saw it.
    I feel the same way about the book.
    It's good and I really enjoyed it, but I'm not that interested in rereading it.
    Hopefully that makes sense and answers your question, because I honestly don't know what else to say. It's just one of those things.