- Age Range: 10 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 5 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 800 (What's this?)
- Series: Moffats (Paperback)
- Paperback: 210 pages
- Publisher: Harcourt; 1 edition (April 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0152025413
- ISBN-13: 978-0152025410
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Who else but a member of the Moffat family could, during kindergarten recess, accidentally hitch a ride out of town on a boxcar? Or wind up trapped in the breadbox outside the delicatessen store? Or kindly offer to escort the Salvation Army man to his destination--only to accidentally bump him out of his own horse-drawn wagon? The Moffats is a paradigm of old-fashioned family fun. Four children and a hard-working widowed mother live together on New Dollar Street in the village of Cranbury. Their seemingly quiet lives are studded with almost daily unexpected adventures, with droll results.
This charming book has been making readers smile for over half a century. It reflects a gentler era, when the jolly chief of police had time to sit on the curb to hear a little girl's "crimes" and a little boy's escapade on a train was not cause for media panic, just a simple redirecting by the agreeable engineer. Eleanor Estes, author of the Newbery Honor book The Hundred Dresses, and Caldecott medalist Louis Slobodkin (Many Moons) make a lovely team in this story of benign humor and sweet times. (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
. . . ideal family listening fare -- Booklist, February 15, 2003
The full cast treatment of this story adds texture and depth to the characters. -- Chicago Parent, February 2003
The performances are splendid. (Earphones Award Winner) -- Audiofile Magazine, February/March 2003 --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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By: Eleanor Estes
Reviewed By: Samantha C.
This book, the Moffats, is about a family of five. There is a mother and four children. Each of the children have their own special talent to make a basic job or activity into a bigger and more fun adventure. With their mischevious ways, going anywhere is fun. The children are Sylvie, who is the oldest, Joey, who sometimes think he is very superior, Janey, who has her own creative ways to seeing things, and Rufus, who can create trouble everywhere he goes. For example, they make a big deal about them having to sell their special house on New Dollar Street. They were able to think of so many ways from stopping people to buy, since all the Moffats thought the house they were living in was better then the others because they were able to see the whole street at one glance.
I enjoyed the book because it was very fun reading about the Moffat children making all kinds of mischievious problems. It was funny to see how Janey would be amazed with such little things. For example, in the first chapter, it qouted,"Jane could not take her eyes from her mother's hands. They had a way of doing things, peeling apples, sprinkling salt, counting pennies, that fascinated her". Janey was amazed at the way her mother did those simple tasks. Usually nobody really pays much attention to those small actions, but Janey sure does!
Another qoute is,"At last they were off, with Rufus in one of his every day sailor suits". When you first read this quote, ti may not mean much, but if you understand the background of that chapter, it will have more meaning to it. It was a Sunday morining, and the Moffats were all dressed up and ready to go to cghurch. While they waited for mother, Rufus had foolishly climbed up on the hitching post. Well, a naughty boy named Tom Frost, rode by on his bike and pushed Rufus to the ground. So Rufus had to change into one of his everyday clothes because that was the second time that happened all on the same day.
I didn't really have a favorite part because I enjoyed reading about all the adventures the Moffats were in. It was very enjoyable reading about the creativity that the Moffats had to create all the adventures. They make life very interesting for themselves, and always made the best in a situation, even if the situation may be unpleasant, like whenrufus got ill and had a mild case of scarlet fever. I recommend this book the readers who enjoy humorous and heart-warming stories.
Estes' engaging characters, living in the context of a sweetly old-fashioned small town, hold an undeniable appeal that has caused this story to endure for 70 years.