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The Big House

The Big House

Fall 2004 Fiction
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Author: Carolyn Coman
Illustrator: Rob Shepperson
ISBN: 1-932425-09-8
Hardcover Price: $16.95
Review:
In this quirky tale, Ivy and Ray's parents are sent off to jail, and the children spend time in a vast mansion with a foster family. The grand home is especially entertaining to Ivy, who is a con-artist in training. The children explore the place from top to bottom and learn that eccentric family members are genuine relations.The author is a master of humorous details and the illustrator captures subtle expressions in pen and ink. A playful, clever, and etrancing book.
Mary Hollowell   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Mary Hollowell is a parent, a science teacher, and a naturalist. She lives in Peachtree City, Georgia.


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