Hello everyone! I am back from my grandparents after a great Christmas celebration 😉 (there’s no internet at my grandparents so sorry if I didn’t get back to your comments/emails until now 🙂 )
I have a really funny book to tell you about today (even the title is funny) –
The Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor
The Loosening of M’Lady Luggertuck’s Corset
By Tom Angleberger
224 pages – ages 9-12
Published by Amulet Books on May 1, 2011
Horton was a poor , miserable servant in the neat and strict Smugwick Manor. When the grouchy Lady of the Manor (M’Lady Luggertuck) loosens up her corset , everything goes crazy! Apparently her corset is what made M’Lady so grouchy and strict. After she loosened her corset, all the rules of the Manor are broken but what is even worse, the Luggertuck Lump (a priceless family heirloom) is stolen! The Luggertuck family goes even crazier trying to find who took it. Horton realizes that the detective that comes to investigate just wants to eat and pretty much can’t do his job. Horton finds himself getting blamed for the theft. Horton and his friends, the snooping stable boys (Bump, Blemish, and Blight), decide that they have to catch the real thief!
This book was hilarious! The characters in the books were really great. The names are even funny, like Loafburton (the baker). There were also The Shipless Pirates, a cranky cook and kooky relatives in the Manor (among others)! The book is set in Victorian times and I think it helped the story be even more funny. There are some illustrations in the book that show what the characters look like, but the story is the best part of the book. I think the book it’s good for any age because there is no violence or bad words and Mr. Angleberger just writes really well for kids (Mr. Angleberger also writes the Origami Yoda series see my reviews HERE). Although I loved just reading about all the funny characters, I think the mystery part of the book really made the story and I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone!
To learn more about Mr. Angleberger and his books, please visit his STOOKY site HERE. Mr. Angleberger’s next book is called “Fake Mustache: How Jodie O’Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Guy) Saved the World” which will be published on April 1, 2012. I am definitely looking forward to that one!!