I’ve said it before, and I will say it again. These books are charming. I am really looking forward to reading them to my kids in a few years. One thing I enjoy about these books is that there is an underlying mystery that prevails through each book and the reader gets little bits and pieces each time. The reader gets just enough information to start making speculations that are either confirmed or debunked in subsequent books. I really can not get enough of these.
The Incorrigible Children, who were raised by wolves, are once again back at Ashton Place after a disconcerting trip to London. They are settling into their routines when Widow Ashton (Lord Ashton’s mother) arrives unexpectedly with a suitor, Admiral Faucet, and an ostrich. Lady Constance is thrown into a tizzy and the entire household is thrown into searching for the exotic bird in the sinister woods surrounding Ashton Place. Penelope Lumley, governess to the Incorrigibles is understandably a bit nervous about taking her charges into their native environment. To add some intrigue it seems as though Widow Faucet is looking for divine guidance to determine that her deceased husband would approve of her remarriage. Penelope enlists the help of Simon and Madame Ionesco hoping to derail any future marriage as Admiral Faucet seems to have some dangerous plans for the Incorrigibles.
I won’t spoil the ending, but it was good. Wood’s writing only gets better and her characters only get more interesting. I would recommend this series to middle grade readers, people who like to read to their children, and anyone who enjoys children’s literature.