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{Audiobooks} The Mysterious HowlingAuthor Maryrose Wood –

The Incorrigible Children Of Ashton Place Are No Ordinary Children, Miss Penelope Lumley Is No Ordinary Governess, And Mysteries Abound In This First Volume In A New Series For Ages Found Running Wild In The Forest Of Ashton Place, The Incorrigibles Are No Ordinary Children Alexander, Age Ten Or Thereabouts, Keeps His Siblings In Line With Gentle Nips Cassiopeia, Perhaps Four Or Five, Has A Bark That Is Usually Worse Than Her Bite And Beowulf, Age Somewhere In The Middle, Is Alarmingly Adept At Chasing Squirrels Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley Is No Ordinary Governess Only Fifteen Years Old And A Recent Graduate Of The Swanburne Academy For Poor Bright Females, Penelope Embraces The Challenge Of Her New Position Though She Is Eager To Instruct The Children In Latin Verbs And The Proper Use Of Globes, First She Must Help Them Overcome Their Canine Tendencies But Mysteries Abound At Ashton Place Who Are These Three Wild Creatures, And How Did They Come To Live In The Vast Forests Of The Estate Why Does Old Timothy, The Coachman, Lurk Around Every Corner Will Penelope Be Able To Teach The Incorrigibles Table Manners And Socially Useful Phrases In Time For Lady Constance S Holiday Ball And What On Earth Is A Schottische

10 thoughts on “The Mysterious Howling

  1. says:

    An innocent young lady arriving at a mysterious mansion to look after some wealthy person s children is not exactly a new theme, but I m quite certain it s never been done this way before Imagine Lemony Snicket and Victoria Holt had a doomed, clandestine encounter on a dark, forbidding moor somewhere and this book was their secret shame, the bastard love child of that tear stained coupling.Sniff.Anyway, our dear Miss Lumley, bright eyed and bushy tailed, is eager to mold the minds of her young charges, filling their craniums with poetry and Latin phrases, only to find her would be pupils are three children who behave as though they were raised by wolves because they were Taken in by a spoiled rich man who sees them as some sort of novelty act to impress his friends, they are kept in the barn by the new lady of the house But, never fear, Miss Lumley is up to the challenge, and soon has those feral tykes towing the line and reciting Longfellow, albeit Longfellow with occasional howling And then there s the one problem that the children share with all canines But now, the indomitable Miss Lumley faces her biggest challenge yet the children must dance the schottische at the Christmas ball There s so, SO much to love in this book I was wild about character names like Baron Hoover and the Earl of Maytag, and Mr Alpo, the dreaded horse retirer, and the how the children call Miss Lumley Lumawoo And then there re the delightfully comical illustrations by Jon Klassen The boys try on pants for the first time.The author presents us with several delicious mysteries, none of which are solved in this volume Who are the children s real parents What is hidden behind the attic wall Where was Lord Ashton when he should have been at the party What s the deal with Old Timothy And, will the children ever learn to spell their names and stop adding awoo to the ends of words These and other quandaries will be answered, one assumes, in later volumes I know, I know, at this point in my life the last thing I need or want is to get involved in another series, but for this little gem, I ll make an exception.

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    If you see the date I finished this book, you may or may not, who can say be surprised to know that I started it on July 22nd and only read on public transportation and a bit while walking down 7th Ave in Manhattan on my way to work this morning That s dangerous, though, and I wouldn t recommend it even if you are rather experienced at reading and walking I bought the book on a whim I liked that it had the word incorrigible on the cover, and the illustration appealed to me I m in arrears when it comes to gifts for my niece, who is a wicked smart 9 year old, and after reading a few pages of it, I decided she d like it I also decided I liked it for her because it had lots of big, useful words that she could stand to have as a part of her vocabulary and because, even in the first bit, I could see that it was going to be literary Well, I had some time to kill at the register of the fabulous McNally Jackson Bookstore while the clerk helped a few customers before wrapping another gift I d bought for free , and so I went on past the first few pages I was utterly hooked The novel had a Jane Eyre only fun air to it, and some ways in, it directly referenced the novel It also directly referenced Moby Dick and Charles Dickens as well as quoting Longfellow and there s still to it The Mysterious Howling is exactly the sort of book I d have liked to read when I was young and that I enjoyed reading now for a little young at heart escape from the everyday ho hum.My only complaint against it and I honestly don t know how anyone could have any other is that I will have to wait nearly a year for the next installment This book gave me the pure pleasure of reading that I experienced while diving into Harry Potter, and I think in some ways I may like this even better.

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    When you re a parent or a librarian or a teacher or a bookseller who reads a lot of children s books, you sometimes wish for fun Children s books are often by their very nature fun But there s fun that s strained and trying to appeal to everyone and then there s fun that appears to be effortless You read a book, are transported elsewhere, lose track of time, and never want the story to end It s the kind of fun a person encounters in a book like Book One of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place In The Mysterious Howling you meet a book that s a little like Jane Eyre, a little like Jane Yolen s Children of the Wolf, and a little like nothing at all Pure pleasure for kids, for adults, for everyone Treat yourself.If you were to hire a governess from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, you would find yourself with a young lady of exceptionable talents, knowledge, and intellect Such is the case when Lord Frederick and Lady Constance hire fifteen year old Penelope Lumley to be governess of three children The catch Well, they re not your average nippers, these three Found on the sprawling acreage of Lord Frederick s estate, the children appear to have been raised entirely by wolves Literally Their new guardians have dubbed them The Incorrigibles and are expecting miracles Now it is up to Miss Lumley to get them civilized and educated or it s to the orphanage with them and unemployment for her And there are certainly strange goings on at Ashton Place, that s for certain Does someone have it in for the children Where does Lord Frederick constantly disappear to Is there something nasty lurking in the attic Fortunately for everyone Miss Lumley is made of sturdy stuff, and it will take than a mystery or two to keep her from fulfilling her duties to the fullest.Since the story takes place in the year when Moby Dick first came out, we can place the period of this piece somewhere around the early to mid 1850s However, this does nothing to prevent author Maryrose Wood from leaping forward and backwards in time in terms of the narration It is not uncommon for the story to say something along the lines of nowadays it would make a fine documentary for broadcast on a nature channel on cable television and then go right back into the past again The effect is mildly jarring the first time it happens, but as it goes on the reader gets a feel for Wood s style Books of this nature which is to say, gothic books for kids these days have a tendency to be compared to the works of Lemony Snicket I would argue that there is very little in this book that is similar to Mr Snicket s works, except perhaps the delightful vocabulary though Snicket never seriously attempted Latin the way this book does and the narrator s tendency to become a confidant of the reader.What is most remarkable is how well constructed the entire endeavor is Ms Wood manages to make the whole story fit together like a little puzzle A Christmas party must occur on the night of the full moon since that is when guests will best be able to see their way At the same time, perhaps there are other connections to full moons that we should remember You never really see where the plot is going until it gets there, so predictable this book is not Best of all are all the characters Each one is unique, distinct, and memorable Even the villains, such as they are, are sympathetic in their headstrong ways And our heroine, Miss Lumley, is the kind of companion you d readily follow through book after book Just as the children come to trust her, so do you, the reader.I suppose one might question whether or not this is the kind of book that actual honest to goodness kids will enjoy, as opposed to gothicly inclined adults After all, the heroine is fifteen and the story is about her occupation That said, the real stars of the show are The Incorrigibles themselves You cannot help but fall instantly in love with them the moment you meet them, and I can see many a kid identifying with them And while the heroine of this story is a woman, I dare say that there will be boys out there who latch on to the whole raised by wolves aspect of the story and find it right up their alley as well Sell this book to kids correctly and you ll find them forgive me, but I managed to keep from saying it for this long howling for .Illustrator Jon Klassen is to be credited for providing the loveliest little illustrations to the story Where some illustrators might have provided images that would make the book appear older, or teen, Klassen s pictures actually give the story a younger feel There is much that is adorable about this tale, and I think the artist captures that perfectly While a reader is being charmed by the fact that the kids call Miss Lumley Lumawoo , Klassen draws the children as bright, pert, and friendly They often complement or clarify the action better than the book would alone Even the author herself once said that the image of the children reenacting Longfellow s The Wreck of the Hesperus note that Cassiopeia has lashed herself to a potted fern might be her own personal favorite image in the book.Well, there s nothing for it but to love it, really If I do have a beef with it, it may have something to do with the fact that you never really learn the answer to any of the mysteries that come up by the end of this story Readers will be panting to know no pun intended and then find that they have to wait to read the next book in the series before anything is resolved Fortunately, they ll scramble to read that next book with very little prodding For some kids, this will act as a follow up to Lemony Snicket For others, an intro to Jane Eyre And for most, this will be the kind of story you read over and over again, just to taste the language and meet the characters again Just the loveliest little book One hopes we ll be seeing many of its kind very soon indeed For ages 9 12.

  4. says:

    Hmmmm, take the story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Then make Anne Sullivan a fifteen year old first time nanny from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females and make Helen Keller three children raised by wolves and found by a wealthy landowner Then set it in Victorian England and add large punches of Lemony Snicket y humor and you ve got a fair idea of this book Oh, yes, make it a series, with the first one ending leaving the reader wanting Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia named by the Ashton gent who found them are lumped together as the Incorrigibles Alexander is the oldest Beowulf is next and then little Cassiopeia When Lord Ashton brought them home, his wife, Lady Constance still quite young herself is over whelmed with the responsibility She hires Miss Penelope Lumley who arrives with little than her stock of Agatha Swanburne quotes burned into her memory and the desire to teach the children Latin, geometry, and all the other subjects young children of that time period might need to study Unfortunately, it is necessary for Miss Lumley to teach the youngsters not to bay at the moon and chase wild animals and to become their protector as well as their teacher.This first book in the series introduces the cast of characters and brings the children to their introduction to society at a Christmas party Where they came from is one of several mysteries not answered in this volume Who undermines the Christmas party is another Inquisitive readers with a well developed sense of humor will want to learn about Lumawoooo and her three charges.

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    There are some serious problems with this book I will present them in a list 1 The sub title, The Mysterious Howling This mysterious howling is only mentioned in the last chapter and never revealed It is a weak attempt at drawing readers into committing to reading the next book in the series.2 There is absolutely no reason for this book to become a series There is not enough meat to it It could have been a good one off book, if the author had been allowed to address 1 and finish it as a complete tale in one installment This is the problem with modern YA publishing HarperCollins shame on you Stop trying to make money from series that shouldn t be.3 The intended target audience for this book is middle school approximately ages 10 12 While there are 3 minor characters who are actual children the children referenced in the title the focus of the story is on and the perspective of the story is from that of the 15 year old governess, Ms Lumley While by today s standards middle schoolers would be interested in the story of a 15 year old, this book is set in the 1800 s At that time, a 15 year old would have been considered a full fledged adult, and this main character certainly reads as an adult Unlike Mary Poppins, an adult governess who s filled with wacky funny stories, this governess is concerned with very adult themes Themes that middle schoolers would have a hard time relating to or even noticing There just is no reason for children of this age to want to read this.4 I don t know why it is that authors who write teacher type characters feel the need to have that character preach the author s wisdom to the reader through the book It is condescending, it certainly is not what a good teacher would do in his her own class room, and it frankly is just poor writing In a good story the lesson s will be inferred by the reader It would not need to be told directly.5 Clearly the author has little understanding of the process of education and how children s brains develop It would be impossible for children raised by wolves, who do not speak English, to be able to not only fully speak and understand English after a mere week but also equally impossible and laughable to suggest that they would be able to read, translate and speak Latin in the context of sentences within a month s time I might have been able to overlook this, if the story had been better.As an adult reading this book I can say that there are some truly good moments in it This is why I gave it 2 stars However, either through the fault of the publisher, the editor, or the author they are brief moments that never really develop into much Had the story been told through the eyes of the children and had it been treated as a complete novel and not an installment, Ms Wood may have had something here Unfortunately, that did not happen.

  6. says:

    Totally implausible but endearing story beginning of a fifteen year old orphan who seems like 30 employed as governess to three children raised by wolves Humor and hijinks abound.

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    Raised by wolves children find stately home and governess Wolf tendencies prevail although lovely governess does her best Stately home owners show themselves and friends in a bad light Lots of mystery, humour, and lovely names Lumawoo is wonderful and wise beyond her years Some philosophy on if it s morally right to kill The story was quite climactic at the party towards the end but reached no conclusion I don t feel we have been left on a cliff hanger, we have started on a huge book that has been cut into pieces to be sold to us in chunks.

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    Another Lemony Snicket y goody Its only shortcoming as a book is that it s the first in a series and therefore a big tease No revelations, just setup But really funny, smart, enjoyable setup It s a fantastic audiobook I dare say possibly better than reading it because the narrator does some awesome howling Today I kept hearing Lumawoo and Cassawoof and Nutsawoo in my head So great

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    This was such a fun book to listen to Audible The story was funny and engaging, and would be enjoyable for both children and adults alike A thoroughly enjoyable book

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    I might start with a quote no, not by the great Ms Agatha Swanburne no, neither is it by the plucky heroine of our story, Miss Penelope Lumley I start with a quote by the authoress herself, Miss Maryrose Wood If you have ever opened a can of worms, boxed yourself into a corner, ended up in hot water, or found yourself in a pretty pickle, you already know that life is rarely if ever just a bowl of cherries It is far likely to be a bowl of problems, worries, and difficulties This is normal and should not be cause for alarm.Smart, pithy, and whimsical, The Mysterious Howling has something for everyone I am so glad that this is just book one in a strong new series for middle grade readers and those that value good literature at any age The Mysterious Howling is a must read good read