A is for Awful – #AtoZChallenge

But Philip Ardagh’s A House Called AWFUL End is anything but. This comical children’s novel is the first in a six-book trilogy (yes, you read that right) about a boy named Eddie Dickens who must go to live with his Mad Uncle Jack and Even Madder Aunt Maud when his parents catch a disease that makes them “turn yellow, go a bit crinkly around the edges and smell of old hot-water bottles.” As you can probably guess, the characters are wackier than a Mohawked chicken singing La Cucaracha on the Moon. And their bordering-on-bizarre antics kept me laughing through the entire “trilogy.” While the decidedly English humor and slower pace may be a turn-off for some, the wit and humor win out in the end. This is a great read for kids of middle to upper elementary age yet still acceptable for younger readers with the attention span for lots of text.



3 thoughts on “A is for Awful – #AtoZChallenge

  1. Hi C.M. I’m visiting from AtoZ 119 3. A House Called AWFUL End sounds like a great book. I think my grandchildren would enjoy this trilogy. I will check it out. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.
    D.B. Mauldin


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