Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said: “They must have been raised by wolves.” The Incorrigible children actually were. Discovered in the forests of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.
Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Only fifteen years old and a graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must eliminate their canine tendencies.But mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these three wild creatures? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to civilize the Incorrigibles in time for Lady Constance’s holiday ball? And what on earth is a schottische?
Penelope is no stranger to mystery, as her own origins are also cloaked in secrecy. But as Agatha Swanburne herself once said, “Things may happen for a reason, but that doesn’t mean we know what the reason is—at least, not yet.
©2010 Maryrose Wood (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
I would recommend this book for children or young adults. The story has a resourceful heroine who is compassionate. The book does a pretty good job of teaching empathy without (generally) beating one over the head with its moral.
The book is clearly a starting of a series, with several cliches: an orphan with a mysterious past who is resourceful, clever and good; allusions to the children being related to their governess; rich people using children cold-heartedly for their own amusement; a secret that not even the main character knows, and mysteries within the house... If you dont mind the "formula" of the book, it is generally a clever book, and well performed.
The author assumes the intelligence of the young audience, and the result is a joyous listening experience. The reader is an inspiration--best performance I've heard (including the vaunted Jim Dale!).
This is an entertaining children's tale, set in Victorian England (I think?), with the smart, hard-working, and very young governess taking on the job of educating three children who have been reared by wolves, supposedly, and who are now in the dubious care of a lord and lady extremely ill-fit to them. Miss Lumley is dedicated to her task and the children, and they are all surrounded by comical and caricatured people of both the upper classes and also the service classes. It's not fine literature, but it is entertaining, if exceedingly strange.
I listened to the audio version on Audible and the narrator's various ways of speaking the parts make it a rather hilarious listen. Those with children in the target range can better decide if its content is age appropriate.
This was a great light hearted book. It made me laugh out loud a number of time and had me shaking my head with a smile on my face. I think it was wonderfully written and narrated.
Old, tired member of the sandwich generation. Waiting to just get to heaven!!
Whilst I am sure this series was meant for a much younger audience, I am loving it! I love the governess, and all her wisdom. The children are a delight. It is nice to see adults caring about youngsters. The "lady of the house" gets on my last nerve after more than one encounter; are there people who really are that dense? I would have told the "lord of the house to take a hike, but since he is seldom home, I suppose it matters not too much. Anything narrated by Katherine Kellgren, is going to be a winner!! This is a lovely series t hat I will read and reread. I hope you will enjoy them as well.
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Absolutely. Ms. Kellgren added a lot of dimension to the tale. Her accents and pace were perfect.
I laughed out loud many times.
This is a strange but very fun story about a plucky young governess in Victorian England. Her charges are unique but she tackles their education with gusto, constantly reminding herself of her own background and her mentor's advice. We know there is a mystery and are given small hints throughout, although many questions remain to urge us to read the next books in the series. I've already continued and hope the remaining volumes are as entertaining as this one.
"Engaging and funny story for the family"
My eight year old daughter and I were enormously entertained listening to this on a long road trip.
Funny with an inspiring brave, up-for-everything main child character. Addictive language (which we're still using).
Very julie Andrews-esque voice when being narrator (my daughter and I enjoyed this but it irritated my husband). She does fabulous voices for all the characters, especially the wolfishness of the children.
The occasional americanisms (gotten, sidewalk) jarred a little in a story set in a past Britain but this a very minor niggle for a cracking story that was brilliantly performed.
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