The Quigleys at Large by Simon Mason

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NOW AVAILABLE IN paperback, the Quigleys return in this second collection of stories. Funny and instantly recognizable from their last adventures, this time the family goes camping in France. Mum stars in the skipping competition at the local village fete; Will gets locked in his empty school; and Dad (not surprisingly) loses the pet bird. Here are four more hilarious escapades from this irrepressible yet warmly affectionate family.

“Simon paints a picture of a remarkably recognizable, but totally unique family. British words and spellings add to the fun. They are a family like most of ours—full of life and ridiculous, but ordinary experiences. This will be the next treat for the Hurwitz and Cleary crowd.”—Kirkus


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About Simon Mason

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SIMON MASON is the author of the Quigleys series for young readers: The Quigleys (Highly Commended in the UK's Branford Boase Award), The Quigleys at Large, The Quigleys Not for Sale, and The Quigleys in a Spin. He has also written three adult novels. Simon lives in Oxford with his wife and two children.
 
Published March 10, 2009 by David Fickling Books. 160 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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As droll as a Britcom and as true to the spirit of family life as the all-American Quimbys, this import introduces the Quigleys: siblings Lucy and Will and their slightly feckless but loving parents.

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These stories read like tales families tell—years later— that usually start with a sibling saying one phrase (say, “Robinson Potts” or “Mum and Fatbrain on the roof”) and everyone chiming in with part of the tale until everyone is doubled over with hysteria.

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From a stay at a hotel, to Will and Lucy’s earnest attempt to help out in a financial crisis, to a Mother’s Day walk, and the selling of the family cottage, four seemingly average moments in family life become extraordinary.

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British words and spellings (“gritpaper,” “hoolah hoop”) add to the fun as we see Mum and Dad searching for the lost budgie, Will falling into daydreams, Mum recovering from wisdom-tooth surgery, and little sister Lucy befriending a French girl at a campground.

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Mason, a British novelist making his children's book debut, affects a blithe tone for this engaging bit of fluff about the humorous vexations of an ordinary British family.

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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.

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