From School Library Journal
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 SullivanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved