rating: 3 of 5 stars
Another Snickettesque book, albeit one with the glossary in the back instead of intermixed with the story.
The Willoughby orphan-wannabes and their parents are supposed to remind us of the "usual suspect" type parents/children: old-fashioned, ruled by references to classic books, etc.. I just don't buy it, though. Particularly misleading is the front jacket flap, which makes it seem as though those classics will actually be echoed in the book - they're not, except by direct reference. I also found Barnaby "C"'s faux-Schweizerdeutsch annoying at times, rude at others.
Still, the intended audience will enjoy the book, and isn't that what's most important?
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