Monday, August 8, 2011

Horton Halfpott: Book Introduction

The Queen here,
Summer feels like it's creeping along. But then, I don't have to return to school in a couple of weeks. For those impending students... well, try not to think about it and enjoy each day that's left.

Today, I want to introduce a mid-level chapter book. Horton Halfpott or The Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor or The Loosening of M'Lady Luggertuck's Corset. (That one has to be my favorite).

Book Details: 

  • Author: Tom Angleberger
  • Reading level: Ages 8-12
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Amulet Books; 1 edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810997150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810997158

Book Description from

Tom Angleberger's latest, loopiest middle-grade novel begins when M'Lady Luggertuck loosens her corset (it's never been loosened before!), thereby setting off a chain of events in which all the strict rules of Smugwick Manor are abandoned. When, as a result of "the Loosening," the precious family heirloom, the Luggertuck Lump (quite literally a lump), goes missing, the Luggertucks look for someone to blame. Is it Horton Halfpott, the good-natured but lowly kitchen boy who can't tell a lie? Or one of the many colorful cast members in this silly romp of a mystery.

The Queen's Take:
This young reader's novel took me back to the time of Rocky and Bullwinkle shows, with it's silly puns and narrative style of story telling. The names, also resemble the Bullwinkle types of characters such as the Pottsylvanian nogoodnicks, Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale.

In Horton Halfpott, you'll meet M'Lady Luggertuck, who causes all the mischief in the story by loosening her corset. There's also Miss Neversly and her wicked spoon which she uses to bash lazy, dwadlers over the head with. (loved it). There's the Shipless Pirates, the Snooping Stableboys, Portnoy St. Pomfrey, and of course, there's spunky Celia. But we won't go into that right now.

No secret that I enjoyed this book. Many times I actually laughed out loud, which doesn't happen often.
Read and enjoy the story. Then come back Wednesday for some Book Adventures, and on Friday for the Author's Arena where we'll learn more about Tom Angleberger.

In the meantime...

For those of you unfortunates who've never seen a Rocky and Bullwinkle show... here's a sample. Enjoy.

Happy Reading,
The Queen

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