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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, with a typically tangled plot, 15 Sep 2008
This review is from: The Cuckoo Tree (The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase Sequence) (Paperback)
A strange tale of Dido Twite, an aristocratic family in decay, a spoilt young lord and a Hanoverian mastermind, not to mention a loyal smuggling gang and some wicked old women. This adventure is set mostly in the countryside, unfamiliar settings for Dido Twite. But it can be just as exciting as the town, as she finds out, when her friend Tobit is hauled into jail, threatened with losing his inheritance, and the evil Mrs Lubbage and the spider-like Tante Sannie along with some other Hanoverians including her own Pa, plan to slide St Paul cathedral into the Thames on giant rollers, just at the time of King Richard's coronation! The only downside is the magic which seems to me out of place in the series. Packed with adventure and suspense (perhaps too much suspense), this is an interesting, if not too serious read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dido's Finally Home!! (But not dry), 19 Dec 2000
This review is from: The Cuckoo Tree (Paperback)
Dido's finally back in England with an injured Captain Hughs, who carries vital information about yet another plot to dethrone the current monarch- King James.
After Captain Hughs is further incapacitated, Dido seeks help at a nearby manor house, inhabited by a bored boy, a mad witch and a gambling adict. As you might expect from this setup, little help is forthcoming, and Dido is forced to depend on nursing from an alleged nurse, Mrs Lubbage with a dubious hygiene record who lives in a row of dillapidated cottages.
As usual Dido's good nature and cheerfulnes means that she is helped by as many people as try to obstruct her, including a band of smugglers a blind wise old man, (aren't they all?), and a Lord and his pet elephant.
In all probablity, I don't need to tell you that she foils the incredibily bizaare plot to undermine St Paul's Cathedral, (suspend all disbelief there), and at the end of the book, she receives a pleasant, (for once), suprise.
The usual mix of magic, mayhem and an endearingly bemused Dido combine to yet again provide an immensly readable and fun book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cuckoo Tree, 8 Feb 2014
I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked how the author uses real-life buildings instead of making them up. I would recommend this book to all children from 9-14.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cuckoo tree, 4 May 2013
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This review is from: The Cuckoo Tree (The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase Sequence) (Paperback)
My (grownup) daughter likes these books as they are very interesting, she loves them so so so so so much
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aiken does it again, 4 Aug 2008
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For plot details please see the review by Claire Moss. I just want to add that it's loads of fun, with a sinister atmosphere reminiscent of "The Whispering Mountain" (Q.V.!), and in my opinion the characters are much more memorable than the slightly wishy-washy ones in "The Wolves of Willoughby Chase", the one that started it all off.
It's difficult not to wonder, in these days when the great and good are suggesting that health warnings should be shown before people see films in which some characters smoke cigarettes, whether there is still a place for a novel about heroic patriotic smugglers. But let's hope so! And readers will learn to count to ten in a language other than English. Yan, tan...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic for children (and adults!) everywhere!, 26 Feb 2008
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Sarah W (North West London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Cuckoo Tree (The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase Sequence) (Paperback)
This is my favourite of the books in Joan Aiken's Dido Twite series, though it's pretty hard to choose between them, they're all excellent. I'd recommend The Cuckoo Tree to anyone, child or adult, it's proper story-telling and provides genuine escapism. The book is enthralling - it's inventive and witty from start to finish - bringing British history (or Joan Aiken's more interesting version of it?!) to life. I re-read it often, even though I'm now in my mid-30s. Read it soon!
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