Wolves of Willoughby Chase Turtleback – Jun 1996
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“A writer of wild humour.” –Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In this chilling beginning to The Wolves Chronicles, two little cousins are left in the care of an evil governess. They escape and travel 400 miles to London with their friend Simon and his geese.
"A masterpiece...a copybook lesson in those virtues that a classic children's book must possess."--Time.
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I'm not sure what I can add to the reviews that have already been posted. A summary could only tell you what the book's *about* not why it's so wonderful...
I think that the first book I read was "Black Hearts..." and I decided that I needed to read the preceding book, and then I was hooked. Joan Aiken is one of the best children's authors of all time! I read the books to my younger siblings and, when the time comes, I'll read them to my own children.
Unlike a lot of books that are out there, these books give children (and adults) heros and heroines who are both good and believable. I find myself at times wondering "What would Dido do in that situation?" when reading other books.
I know this is not much of a review, but I honestly don't know how to explain *how* it is that the Wolves of Willoughby Chase managed to bespell me so completely.
"The Wolves of Willoughby Chase" is the first book in the Wolves Chronicles, followed by "Black Hearts in Battersea", "Nightbirds on Nantucket", "The Cuckoo Tree", and "The Stolen Lake". I recommend you read the others as well if you enjoyed "The Wolves of Willoughby Chase".
I first read this book in fifth grade and have reread it often ever since. Itï¿½s one of my favorite books, and I highly recommend it for all ages.
It was later made into a movie in 1988, but I haven't seen it yet.
There's also an obvious Romantic streak throughout, which recalls Bronte; however I shouldn't be surprised here, as Aiken satirises the 19th century novelists. However, it worried me just a little...'nature', apart from the wolves, is typically 'good', and human nature is unerringly fixed; the villians are eternally bad, the protagonists almost able to do no wrong.
Simon seems also to recall Dicken (The Secret Garden), the happy, wholesome lad living close to nature who makes a good friend and can turn his hand to anything. Somewhat more complex than Dicken, he nonetheless encapsulates my problem with this novel; it is simply too one-dimensional. The adventure is good, but not very exciting because it is tempered by the knowledge that everyone will live 'happily ever after'. In my opinion, the series only picks up when Dido Twite enters, in Black Hearts in Battersea; here Aiken has found a character who can be more than a vessel, as Bonnie, Sylvia and Simon undeniably are.
To help other parents apply this advice, as a parent of four I consulted an expert, our youngest child, and asked her to share with me her favorite books that were read to her as a younger child. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase was one of her picks.
We discovered this wonderful book through a school assignment. It is not a book that I would have expected that our daughter would have liked because the young heroines face terrible trials. She found the book very exciting and rewarding though, and I think you will, too.
Bonnie Green has lived in the lap of luxury in the manor house of Willoughby Chase in the English countryside. Her father, Sir Willoughby, is the richest man for five counties. She has all the toys, clothes, and ponies that anyone could want, and indulgent parents who encourage her to try things out. There is much love in the house, both from her parents and the dedicated household workers.
Because Bonnie's mother, Lady Sophia, has become ill, her parents are about to leave on a sea voyage to restore her health. Sir Willoughby has asked his attorney, Mr. Gripe, to locate a suitable governess and he recommends one who is a fourth cousin once removed of Bonnie's, Miss Slighcarp, who arrives the night before the parents leave.
To keep Bonnie company, Sir Willoughby has also invited Bonnie's cousin Sylvia to stay.Read more ›
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Really enjoyed rereading this childhood favourite. It has everything a child's imagination could hope for - a cruel governess, her evil henchman, escape, a thrilling chase across... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patty
They have the original text unlike most of the other publishers that have changed words and state this in very tiny print.Published 23 months ago by G. Garrow
I just loved this book. It was a very good story.
The book is about two cousins, Sylvia and Bonnie. Read more
Many years ago a parent of one of my fourth grade students gave me the book to read to the children...OK and I threw it on the shelf and promptly forgot the book. Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2002 by john grady
I first read this book when I was in elementary school, which was a longer time ago then I would like to think about! Read morePublished on May 21 2002 by Molly
Life seems to be perfect for Sylvia at her new home with her cousin Bonnie. Willoughby Chase was the best thing that ever happened to her. Read morePublished on April 12 2002
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is one of my all time favorite books. It is a page turning suspence book. Not a boring part in the entire book. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2002 by An 11-year old reader
This is one of the best children's books around, although it seems to be known by very few people. In many ways it is the ultimate children's adventure, and has all of the... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2002