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Abandoned by their ill-humored parents to the care of an odious nanny, Tim, the twins, Barnaby A and Barnaby B, and their sister, Jane, attempt to fulfill their roles as good oldfashioned children. Following the models set in lauded tales from A Christmas Carol to Mary Poppins, the four Willoughbys hope to attain their proscribed happy ending too, or at least a satisfyingly maudlin one. However, it is an unquestionably ruthless act that sets in motion the transformations that lead to their salvation and to happy endings for not only the four children, but their nanny, an abandoned baby, a candy magnate, and his long-lost son too. Replete with a tongue-in-cheek glossary and bibliography, this hilarious and decidedly old-fashioned parody pays playful homage to classic works of children’s literature.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published on March 23, 2010 by Yearling
ISBN-10: 0385737769
ISBN-13: 9780385737760
11 Book Reviews
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  • Emily HernandezMonday, May 4, 2020 at 2:48 pm
    I think it's cool
    • james hardan Monday, April 22, 2019 at 7:28 am
      yeah reallly instering
      • amazingaannya
        amazingaannyaWednesday, November 2, 2016 at 9:00 am
        really interesting
        • maranita
          maranitaTuesday, March 10, 2015 at 11:53 pm55 stars
          I wonder if it is as good as it sounds?
          • ninacreekside
            ninacreeksideTuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7:09 pmFeatured
            I really recommend this book. A lighthearted story of orphans and their nanny. Tim, Barnaby A, Barnaby B, and Jane find out what it is like to be orphans. But the only difference is that they are happy that they are orphans. None of them liked their parents. Well, none of them could. Tim, the oldest Willoughby controls all of them. Although the system is absolutely unfair no one can talk back to Tim because he is the boss. No one would ever dare to talk back to Tim. That is, until nanny comes along, then Tim learns his lesson. During which the Willoughby's have a baby abandoned on their front porch, change the sad creator of Lickety Twist,(a popular candy) into a happy, joyful, fun person. Highly Recommended! :)
            • ninacreekside
              ninacreeksideWednesday, March 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm
              great read. lots of fun for readers.
              • leenacreekside
                leenacreeksideTuesday, March 18, 2014 at 6:10 pm
                it is really good and really funny
                • leenacreekside
                  leenacreeksideTuesday, March 18, 2014 at 6:09 pm
                  this is a book about comady and a great story combined it is so good
                  • laa9876
                    laa9876Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:47 pm55 stars
                    interesting.................................................
                    • 20mnoble
                      20mnobleWednesday, October 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm
                      I liked this book. It was about 4 kids whos panents dont like them and are coming up with a plan to get rid of them.