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The Quigleys at Large Hardcover – October 14, 2003

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Book 3 of 4 in the Quigleys Series

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Grade 2-4-In this upbeat sequel to The Quigleys (Knopf, 2002), Dad, Will, Mum, and Lucy are each featured in a separate chapter. Dad's elaborate trap to catch the family's pet budgie entangles him instead of the bird. Will gets locked inside the school when he goes back on the weekend to find his lost coat. Mum resists everyone's attempt to keep her inactive at a fete because of recent dental surgery, and she surprises them by helping Lucy win a skip-rope contest. Finally, Lucy breaks the language barrier in order to make a friend when the family goes camping in France. The Quigleys are much like the families in books by Johanna Hurwitz and Beverly Cleary, though the British setting sets this series apart. The inviting large print and Stephens's frequent line drawings will help attract children bridging into chapter books.
Jean Gaffney, Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library, Miamisburg, OH
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Gr. 2-4. This follow-up to The Quigleys (2003) is even funnier than its predecessor. The hilarious opening chapter involves Dad trying to recover an escaped parakeet ("budgie") named Deathwing, Lord of the Skies. Slapstick comedy abounds as Dad employs all sorts of bizarre methods to capture the bird, including a homemade trap made with netting, twine, a hula-hoop, and a toasting fork. In subsequent chapters, Will gets himself locked up in his school while trying to deliver birthday party invitations; Mum's attempts to have some fun at a party are thwarted by her overprotective family; and Lucy manages to find friends for everyone but herself during the family holiday in France. Silly as the Quigleys can be, their interactions also sharply reflect family realities. Readers will find much to love in this warm, often hilarious family romp. Ed Sullivan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 7
  • Series: Quigleys
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books; 1st American edition (October 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385750226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385750226
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,990,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The Quigleys are back, and we have four more deliciously funny and decidedly unexpected stories to enjoy.
Mum has had her wisdom teeth out and Dad has decided that she is not allowed to do anything. Not only do Lucy and Will have to be quiet all the time, Dad won't let poor Mum have any fun. Even when the family goes to the local village fete at the school, Mum is told that she must not do anything boisterous. In other words, she can't participate in any of the games. In typical Simon Mason fashion, things get turned upside down and Mum ends up having her fair share of fun after all.
Dad also has an adventure, but he doesn't even have to leave the house. In fact he is barely awake, yet still manages to create a state of chaos. Meanwhile, Will wanders off into dreamland and finds himself locked in his school. The question is, can he get himself out before his parents find out?
As for Lucy, well, she probably takes the prize. She surprises us by turning out to be an extremely thoughtful and generously spirited person. While on holiday in France, she takes it upon herself to examine the question of friendship. Lucy likes to have friends about her, someone to do cartwheels with and the like. The problem is that in France, the other little girls speak French. So, she rationalizes, she cannot have a friend. However, this does not stop her from finding friends for her brother and father. With simplicity that is so refreshing in the very young, Lucy cuts through all the nonsense that older people seem to build around themselves and quietly but firmly sets up her father and brother with two charming people. Now, all she has to do is forget about the language barrier and get a friend herself.
Mason seems to know how to take a simple situation and turn it into an engaging and amusing story.
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My daughter laughs out loud when she reads the outrageous escapades of the Quigley Family, no matter how many times she has read the books before. This one was just as fun as the others.
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