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The Willoughbys: Library Edition (Playaway Children) Preloaded Digital Audio Player – Unabridged, August 1, 2010
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- Publisher : Random House; Unabridged edition (August 1, 2010)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1616379871
- ISBN-13 : 978-1616379872
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Grade level : 4 and up
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.75 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,975,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For the pleasure of your burgeoning babygoths, this book contains:
Lemony-Snicketish idiotic and evil parental figures, and plucky children, complete with baby;
additional Lemony-Snicketish explanations of new vocabulary words of unusual length;
Roald-Dahlish absurd deaths and silly names;
and a Tim-Burtonish cat.
For those who enjoy spotting literary references, there are plenty, and they're referenced at the back. That said, while it's positioned as a parody of a number of other children's books, it didn't really feel parodic as much as just borrowing from those books, which, if you're a fan of those authors, could in fact be a bonus, but I knocked off a star because I really wish this book had more of its own voice or at least did a better job at parody rather than just plopping in references or outright borrowing tropes, characters and scenarios from other works.
Like most books-movies, there are differences and this book is no exception. It is strange, about parents who love eachother so much that they have no love left for thier own kids. As a result, the kids plan and plot to have a better life. It is definitely a satire and better for older readers (9+).
We thought the book was exciting, funny at times, and at other times downright crazy. But overall, we thought it was a great read!
After, I took the opportunity to have my daughter write a little report on the differences between the book and movie, which she actually enjoyed.
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I enjoyed reading it, although it never quite made me laugh; maybe it's because I never read the
books that it's making jokes about.
I imagine most children up to age roughly 10 would wonder whether to take the book seriously or not.
Overall, I think it's an interesting children's book, but the number of children who will be able to enjoy it fully is quite small. Or maybe it's just intended to amuse adults.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 18, 2020