September 24, 2012 § 4 Comments
Some months ago a I saw quaint and delightful looking book on the library bookshelf in the children’s section. The cover’s colors were muted, the illustration was detailed and the artwork had a whimsical quality permeating through every line and expression. Intrigued, I walked over and picked it up. I giggled; the title did not disappoint: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling. Obviously, I took it home for some after hours reading.
Fans of Romantic literature will be at once surprised and delighted; this book is a cross between a young mischievous Jane Austen and a playful Charlotte Bronte.
The book is written by Maryrose Wood, an award-winning author, play-writer, actor, director and comedienne who “was not raised by wolves.” The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place is her first series in for middle-grade students, though I assure you that they are not the only ones who need to read them. As I mentioned, those familiar with Austen and the Bonte’s (especially Jane Eyre) will adore this series.
The protagonist is how a young Jane Eyre would have been as a young girl if she’d had a happy childhood. Her name is Miss Penelope Lumley, and she is a fifteen-year old governess from the famed Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females. As the academy’s top graduate ready to take on the world, she has been hired as a governess by Lord and Lady Ashton of Ashton Place for three orphans found by Lord Ashton during a hunting expedition in his very in the woods on his ginormous (yes, I wrote ginormous) grounds. The children, had thus far, been brought up by wolves! Picture the setting: Victorian England, a very old and very distinguished mansion located next to some very old woods, a plucky teacher and three howling and gnawing children. Through in Longfellow poems, Latin lessons, advanced mathematics, pithy (but apt) proverbs and a mystery shrouding the children’s origins, and you have an enchanting detective novel.
And let us not forget the beautiful and charming illustrations by Jon Klassen! Just look at the image!
September 19, 2012 § Leave a comment
TJ Maxx can be a wonderful place …. I found the most wonderful Micheal Kors Mini Jet Set aviators for a double markdown price of $20! Wearing well made sunglasses that fit you perfectly and upgrade your style quotient is nothing short of heavenly. Being able to see through them clearly is an added bonus! Now why did I insist on Target brands?
How do they look?