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The Penderwicks
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2008
This is the kind of book that few authors seem to write these days. Four very different sisters and their father move to a New England(?) village for the summer, and encounter a lonely boy and his cold, forbidding mother. Mishaps and adventures ensue during what seems, to an adult reader such as myself, like an idyllic summer. Children will be drawn to the lively characters, who seem not to be plagued by the "issues" that weigh down so much of children's literature these days. There is nothing wrong with that, but it is nice to have a break sometimes, and this book is the perfect escape. It could be set any time during the mid- to late-twentieth century, such is the timeless feel to the story and the prose. HIghly recommended to those who enjoy E. Nesbit or Elizabeth Enright, and to anyone longing for summer in the middle of winter!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2013
This is a cracking book. I read it to my 8-year-old daughter and we both loved it. She was so motivated by it, she asked to read the other two in the series herself - a defining moment, since the next one (The Penderwicks on Gardam Street) has been the first long book without illustrations that she has read. She's really chuffed with herself. The characters are well-rounded and charming and as my daughter says 'I just want to spend more time with them'. You can read the plot line elsewhere on this site, but if you want to read more reviews, go to Amazon.com, the American site, where there are over 150 reviews. It deserves to be as popular in the UK as it clearly is in the States. The English in it is not culture-bound to the US and there are few Americanisms - it's almost as if Jeanne Birdsall wrote it to appeal to a universal global-English market. My 11-year-old daughter has also read the series herself and liked the books very much. Let's hope there are more on the way.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2007
We moved to a foreign country and were stuck in temp. housing until our stuff was released by customs. With nothing to read, I picked up this book that I had bought for my daughter. I was pleasantly surprised to find out it was good! It wasn't juvenile, and really held my interest. I think my daughter will enjoy it too. Ms. Birdsall is an excellent story teller. The story moves along at a good pace and stays interesting.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2009
A review of The Penderwicks

This is the brilliant story of four sisters and their dog and the adventures they have while on holiday on a beautiful estate called Arundel. On the holiday they meet a kind and funny boy who they immediately become friends with. The mother of the boy, Mrs Tifton, is a mean person rather like a witch. She does not like children and especially does not like the Penderwicks. The Penderwicks have an adorable dog called Hound which she does not like either.

The Penderwicks have a very hard life because the only have a Dad. Their mum died when the youngest child Batty was being born. But together they have fun because all the children stick together and normally get on well. Hound who always stays close to Batty is a loyal dog who is involved in all the adventures.

I loved this book because of all the adventures with the girls, their dog and the new friend they make on holiday.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 November 2011
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was funny, exciting and engaging and the sisters are so funny! (Batty is my favourite!) It probably wouldn't be suitable for children over 14 though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Sometimes I really wonder where Booklist and School Library Journal and Reed Elsevier get some of the people who write the Editorial Reviews that head up most of these pages. But wow, they really got it right on this book. In a few short paragraphs they reference, with approval, Elizabeth Enright, Edward Eager, Noel Streatfeild, Sydney Taylor's "All-of-a-Kind Family" and Maud Hart's Betsy-Tacy novels. Well, yes.

The thing is, all of those other writers can feel, at some point, very dated. The appeal I find in Birdsall's book is that while the subject matter, the plot, and the over all feel of the book are very old-fashioned, the writing, the manner of expression of the characters, the descriptive prose, is very fresh and modern. I think this helps a great deal in enhancing the appeal of the book for a modern young reader. And there does seem to be some room on the bookshelf for a book that is just, well, charming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Written by an American, set in New England somewhere, this first book in a series has universal appeal. In any language in the Western world, the adventures of three sisters, their dog and a new friend would charm anyone from about 8/9 onwards. I know of two adults and myself who loved it too. The girls, with their widowed father, set off for their holiday/vacation at a holiday cottage on a large estate. Lots of grounds to wander, lots of mysteries to solve, and a boy who lives in the big house and is lonely becomes complicit in their adventures. Great fun!
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on 19 May 2013
I totally enjoyed this book and wished it was longer...4 kids and their absentminded daddy go to the country for the summer holidays with their dog Hound....the adventure begins soon after when they meet the young boy who lives with his overbearing mum in the attached mansion. You will have to buy it to enjoy it. A must for those young at heart AND children aged around 11-13 seeking a simple but delightful story with lively children. For once----no vampires, no mystery, no darkness just light, quirky and funny. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 October 2013
I bought this for my two boys, they are voracious readers and although it looks girly it's a lovely story for anyone. We all really enjoyed it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 August 2013
Bought as a gift for a 12 year old girl. She loved it and has enjoyed reading it. Has passed it onto her sister now!
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