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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lois Lowry Narrator: Arte Johnson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9780739364024
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Abandoned by their ill-humored parents to the care of an odious nanny, Tim, the twins, Barnaby A and Barnaby B, and their sister, Jane, attempt to fulfill their roles as good old fashioned children. Following the models set in lauded tales from A Christmas Carol to Mary Poppins, the four Willoughbys hope to attain their proscribed happy ending too, or at least a satisfyingly maudlin one. However, it is an unquestionably ruthless act that sets in motion the transformations that lead to their salvation and to happy endings for not only the four children, but their nanny, an abandoned baby, a candy magnate, and his long-lost son too. Replete with a tongue-in-cheek glossary and bibliography, this hilarious and decidedly old-fashioned parody pays playful homage to classic works of children’s literature.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/21/2011

    " A very good read-aloud. Clever humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chantelle | 5/2/2011

    " This is a really cute and clever book. I laughed a lot while i read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindelynn | 4/17/2011

    " I love Lois Lowry but this was different than her typical work. Certainly brought out a fun sense of humor and was a lovely story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 4/14/2011

    " Very funny dark comedy for kids, especially those familiar with traditional dark fairy tales (Hansel and Gretl, etc) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Max | 4/9/2011

    " This is a book about 4 children and their names are Timothy Barnaby, Barnaby (twins), and Jane. Timothy is the boss over his siblings. It is pretty funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quyen | 4/7/2011

    " Audiobook

    Willy Wonka meets Nanny McPhee meets LEmony Snicket... hilarious! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 4/7/2011

    " I'd give it a 3.5, really. It was enjoyable, but kind of a knowing nod to the Lemony Snicket sort of books, but more intelligent. Her other work is great, and I think she just wanted to get the lead out and do something a little goofier and lighter. Mission accomplished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 4/5/2011

    " Quirky! Funny! reminds me of Series of Unfortunate Events! Love the characters and all the interesting vocabulary! The glossary in the back of the book is hilarious! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 4/5/2011

    " Arch. The only kids' book I can think of where the children AND parents truly despise each other "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 3/29/2011

    " Love Lois Lowry, and this is no dissapointment--great for reinforcing descriptive language, especially if kids are familiar with some of the children's classics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 3/28/2011

    " This book was adorable!! And I read it in like 2 hours! But wowie I was laughing the whole time! It was super cute! My favorite line was the one about Champaign Illinois! I read it out loud to Eric!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Desiree | 3/27/2011

    " Cute. Very distinct voice. Seemed too rushed at the end. "

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About the Author
Author Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry has written many books beloved by children and adults alike. From the popular Anastasia Krupnik series to her bestselling novel The Giver, her books have garnered dozens of national, international, and state honors and awards, including two Newbery Medals.

About the Narrator

Arte Johnson, an Emmy-winning actor, won two Earphones Awards and was a finalist for the Audie Award for best narration.