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Parents' Guide to

The Willoughbys Return

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Darkly funny, fast read weaves together families with wit.

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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

It’s truly funny but yet such touching story!

The Willoughbys return, this book must read! The touching and so incomparable story of 4 children who were left and got adoptive by Melanoff! Tim is becoming a father and also facing the choices between work or quality time with his son Richy. The challenges we facing everyday, placing value to decision and important value of life. Few things are new in the story, there is a next door family the Poore’s is quite a character in the story as well facing sadly but oddly events that could turn sadness into joy. My kids enjoyed the book and highly recommended to read for the fans of Willoughbys.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say: Not yet rated

Dark humor reigns supreme here, with witty descriptions, delightful wordplay, and a predictable plot with deliciously outlandish characters. The Willoughbys Return is a fun twist on traditional children's books where troubled families and kids solve problems and everything wraps up nicely at the end. Author Lois Lowry's families are troubled in outlandish ways and take oddball steps to solve problems that are of their own making. The constant stream of product information from Richie's mouth is a bit much, an excess equaled by Mrs. Poore's cheerful resignation to a life of squeezing lemons three times and sweeping with a broom with only a few pieces of straw left. Mr. Poore's references to inebriation seem a bit out of place, but in a story that features defrosted, insufferable parents and a ban on candy, all the characters and weird plot points fit right in.

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