Tuesday, February 27, 2018

"The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling" by Maryrose Wood

This is an enchantingly silly and endearingly sweet book. I read it aloud to my kids over the past month or so, and we all enjoyed it so much, we got the next book out of the library as soon as we returned this one.

In it, a fifteen-year-old governess undertakes to humanize three children who were literally raised by wolves in the forest outside a rich person's house.  The rich people have taken the children in, more or less grudgingly as the case may be, and they've hired this governness to care for them and make them stop doing things like drooling and chasing squirrels and chewing furniture.

My husband and I laughed more over this book than our kids did, to be honest. A lot of the humor was aimed more adults, very subtle with lots of allusions to other books or the way the "real world" works. Nothing risque or "adult" so much as just turns of phrase that made us laugh or unexpected ways of describing something or someone.

If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG for some intense scenes involving a hunting party and some potentially frightening moments.


  1. This sounds like a hilarious story! I read aloud sometimes to my littlest sister...perhaps she'd like this one if I can find it at our library. :)

    1. Elanor, it is really cute! In a slightly off-kilter way -- not was freaky as Lemony Snicket, but definitely a bit wacky. A great one for reading aloud, for sure. I hope you can find it! I'm hoping the rest of the series is as fun.


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