Friday, May 30, 2008

This quirky title pokes fun at the overwrought themes of some "classic" children's stories - i.e. odious parents, orphan (or practically orphan) children, THE nanny, a baby on the doorstep, the lonely (and shockingly rich) widower...and more! I found myself unexpectedly bursting into laughter throughout as the nefarious parents plot to rid their lives of their children and the children set out to become "deserving orphans" free of their horrible parents. True to form, all turns out perfectly for the children and not so perfectly for the villanous adults. An amusing glossary tops off the tale.

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