Lois Lowry is such an amazing writer. Whatever she does, it is fantastic. So when The Willoughbys came through the library I immediately got my grubby little hands on a copy and gobbled it up in no time flat.
The book is "an old fashioned story" about careless parents of 4. The parents don't love the kids and the kids don't love their parents. A certain turn of events brings a baby into the picture and the Willoughby children give her away to a reclusive millionaire.
The kids end up orphans and their new nanny is just what they need.
It's a funny story - clean and quick. I imagine it will get lots of attention from Lemony Snicket fans. And hopefully many others as well.