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 "e;the Loosening,"e; 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.
Praise for "e;Horton Halfpott
"e; A positively gleeful historical mystery farce. Short chapters, a fast pace and plenty of linguistic and slapstistic humor will have young readers hoping that a sequel is planned. The scribbly pen-and-ink chapter-heading cartoon illustrations are just icing on the cake or pickle eclair. A romp from start to finish. "e;Kirkus Reviews
"e; Exaggerated black-and-white drawings emphasize the often wacky humor in this goofy faux-British mystery. Sprawling, outlandish tale. "e;The Bulletin of the Center for Children s Books
"e; Readers will enjoy Angleberger s penchant for the absurd as well as his many droll asides. With Angleberger s many eclectic characters, his wild-and-witty storytelling, and a lighthearted but perplexing mystery involving a lump of diamonds, a couple of wigs, and a bust of Napoleon readers are in for a treat. "e;Publishers Weekly
"e; From the author of "e;The Strange Case of Origami Yoda,"e; here s an amusing romp of a mystery that balances skulduggery with just rewards. "e;Booklist"e; "e;"e; Much like Dickens or Dahl, an opinionated narrator with a strong sense of the ridiculous directs this story. "e;School Library Journal"e;"e;
Or, the Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor - Or, the Loosening of M'Lady Luggertuck's Corset
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