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Contents

Title Page

Contents

Copyright

Dedication

The Old-Fashioned Family and the Beastly Baby

A Parental Conspiracy

Contemplating Orphanhood

An Impending Vacation

The Arrival of the Odious Nanny

Nanny Prepares Porridge

The Melancholy Tycoon

A Cryptic Communication

Clever Camouflage

An Alabaster Aphrodite

An Astonishing Acquisition

Another Cryptic Communication

The Obsequious Postmaster

Reencountering an Infant

A Regrettable Transaction

Two Terrible Tourists

An Auspicious Change

A Walking Tour Is Suggested

Long Hours in the Laboratory

A Confectionary Recognition

A Decision, an Announcment, and an Unexpected Arrival

Epilogue

Glossary

Bibliography

About the Author

Copyright © 2008 by Lois Lowry

Originally published by Walter Lorraine Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, in 2008.

All rights reserved. For information about permission to reproduce selections from this book, write to [email protected] or to Permissions, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 3 Park Avenue, 19th Floor, New York, New York 10016.

www.hmhco.com

The Library of Congress has cataloged the print edition as follows: Lowry, Lois.

The Willoughbys / by Lois Lowry.

p. cm.

“Walter Lorraine books.”

Summary: In this tongue-in-cheek take on classic themes in children’s literature, the four Willoughby children set about to become “deserving orphans” after their neglectful parents embark on a treacherous around-the-world adventure, leaving them in the care of an odious nanny.

ISBN-13: 978-0-618-97974-5 (alk. paper)

ISBN-10: 0-618-97974-3 (alk. paper)

[1. Orphans—Fiction. 2. Brothers and sisters—Fiction. 3. Family life—

Fiction. 4. Humorous stories.] I. Title.

PZ7.L9673Wi 2008

[Fic]—dc22

eISBN 978-0-547-34505-5

v3.1116

für meine deutschen Mädchen,

Nadine und Annika

1.

THE OLD-FASHIONED FAMILY AND THE BEASTLY

BABY

Once upon a time there was a family named Willoughby: an old-fashioned type of family, with four children.

The eldest was a boy named Timothy; he was twelve. Barnaby and Barnaby were ten-year-old twins. No one could tell them apart, and it was even more confusing because they had the same name; so they were known as Barnaby A and Barnaby B. Most people, including their parents, shortened this to A and B, and many were unaware that the twins even had names.

There was also a girl, a timid, pretty little thing with eyeglasses and bangs.

She was the youngest, just six and a half, and her name was Jane.

They lived in a tall, thin house in an ordinary city and they did the kinds of things that children in old-fashioned stories do. They went to school and to the seashore. They had birthday parties. Occasionally they were taken to the circus or the zoo, although they did not care much for either, excepting the elephants.

Their father, an impatient and irascible man, went to work at a bank each day, carrying a briefcase and an umbrella even if it was not raining. Their mother, who was indolent and ill-tempered, did not go to work. Wearing a pearl necklace, she grudgingly prepared the meals. Once she read a book but found it distasteful because it contained adjectives.

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Alice
Great book, nicely written and thank you BooksVooks for uploading

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