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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (Unicorn) Hardcover – 2 Jun 1975

4.7 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Nelson Thornes Ltd; New edition edition (2 Jun. 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091246202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091246204
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,873,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's 19th-century England during the reign of King James II, but it's not the England we know from the history books. This country is overrun with wolves that roam the forests, providing the perfect setting for a witty and dramatic story spanning the whole country, from the frozen North to the city of London, and peopled with all manner of evil governesses and ancient aunts.

Filled with brilliantly-drawn Dickensian characters, it would make an excellent choice for strong preteen readers who like an old-fashioned story with a strong plot and good characterisation. This book often appears on lists of best-loved children's books. (Ages 10 to 12) EN --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is the first in a wonderful series of books for children.
I started reading the series when I was a young child and found that the world Aiken has created is a magical place to get lost in for hours on end. Every adventure is superbly written and I never wanted the books to end.
Now at the age of eighteen and with a younger brother to read to, I am rediscovering the magic of this wonderful series again!
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This is a marvellous story for kids (particularly for 11-year old girls, as I can testify myself). Coming back to it 40 years on, I was drawn in to the book once more with a desire to feel that fear of the wolves again as they pursued little girls and other vulnerable souls in the countryside and towns of northern England in 1832. The wickedness of the wolves reappears in human form in the shape of the wicked governess who is appointed to look after brave, dark-haired Bonnie and her more timid but more sensitive cousin, the blonde-haired Sylvia. For an adult the book is a bit too black and white. It is more interesting, perhaps, in how it draws the literary tradition between Dickens (and the cruelty of his orphanages, the forgotten, starving poor and the bonhomie that brings together right-minded folk) and Sarah Waters (describing two girls, fighting against cruel Victorian society and being more than a match for many men).
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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is one of those eternal classics which has never failed to stir my imagination with its atmospheric and descriptive style, which seems to be lacking in modern literature. From the desolate and wolf-infested wold of Willoughby estate to the sinister and isolated house itself, the hideous girls' institution in Blastburn and to the busy streets of London, this is a whirlwind journey with a great variety of characters, both good and bad. The book's only faults are perhaps under-development of characters and the speed of the narrative which gives a pantomime feel to some passages of the book. But otherwise a rip-roaring adventure story and one of my all time favourite children's novels.
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Researchers constantly find that reading to children is valuable in a variety of ways, not least of which are instilling a love of reading and improved reading skills. With better parent-child bonding from reading, your child will also be more emotionally secure and able to relate better to others. Intellectual performance will expand as well. Spending time together watching television fails as a substitute.
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.
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We read this book in English and we liked it because the characters are funny and we can relate to some of their experiences. We did not like Miss Slighcarp because she's mean and a thief. We would recommend this book to all Year 7 and 8 children because even though the story is in olden times, it is still funny and I can imagine myself being there. I liked it!
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I think I was aged 9 or 10 when I first read this book. Having always been a fan of the adventure story (my bookshelves were somewhat Enid Blyton dominated), I enjoyed this book enormously, and have re-read it on a regular basis since then. Joan Aiken is a wonderfully imaginative author and her descriptions and characterisations engage the reader straight away. You really feel for Bonnie Green and her cousin Sylvia as they are left with the governess Miss Slighcarp, who turns out to be a plotter after the estates of Bonnie's wealthy father. The adventures that ensue are exciting and at times suspenseful, and Joan Aiken holds your interest throughout.
This book is the first in the James III sequence, which now consists of some 12 books. They are set in an alternative period of English history when James II remained on the throne to be followed by James III and where it is the Hanoverians rather than the Jacobites who plot against the throne. The cast of characters who develop throughout this series are wonderful creations who have extremely interesting adventures.
I would recommend this series of novels to everyone, but particularly children aged 8 and upwards, or parents looking for books to read to their children.
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