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Morgan Reviews The Penderwicks

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall


This is a re-read for me but I still enjoyed it as much as I did the first time around. This book is a charming story of 4 modern-day sisters aged 4, 10, 11 and 12 who go to an estate called Arundel for the summer with their widowed father. There, they make friend’s with the owner’s son and have many an adventure. This book is a great summer read with plenty of action, humor, charm and wit. I now own this book and will probably wind-up re-reading it a thousand times over.

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The Family Reviews The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies


Pete: A film that ticks all the boxes as far as entertainment goes. I agree to it being an over-cooked version of the book, but it was far more enjoyable than I thought it would be. I’m taking this opportunity to say how much I love Yarraville’s Sun Theatre. The seats (in The Barkly Cinema) are the most comfortable I’ve ever sat in. I’d recommend drinking Epic Beer’s Mayhem Strong Ale whilst watching this 2 hour and 24 minute long movie.

Brigette: This is the only film I’ve seen in at the theater this year. This was only due to the fact that we wanted to finish up the Hobbit films before watching the Lord Of The Rings trilogy for our annual New Year’s Eve movie marathon. I have to say it was more of a relief that it was all over than a satisfying conclusion. I found that the films really cheated the book. I would recommend reading The Hobbit and giving the films a miss.

Morgan: This third episode was my least favorite of the Hobbit films. It was nothing like the book and personally I think it took too long. Towards the end, it became sad and I became teary. I am glad, however, that they included the ending of the novel at the ending of the film and that it was at least accurate to the book. I would suggest watching the film first so that you don’t have to bother the other people who are watching this film with you about how inaccurate the book was compared to the film.

Gable: The rating of the film was the only thing I didn’t think made any sense. It was only a little scary and I think rating it M is a very drastic decision. The film was intense, exciting, and saddening all at once with the concepts of war and losing loved ones heavily mentioned. But it still had a bit of humor, which is just what one needs in such a situation.

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Gable Reviews Pippi In The South Seas

Pippi in The South Seas by Astrid Lindgren

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I am pretty sure this is the best book in the Pippi Longstocking trilogy. It had sad moments, happy moments, intense moments, and funny moments. It was the best of the first two books mashed together and a little bit better, in fact. I think everyone should be reading the Pippi Longstocking trilogy as soon as possible because they are just awesome books!

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Gable Reviews Pippi Goes Abroad

Pippi Goes Aboard by Astrid Lindgren

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I thought the first book in this trilogy would be better than this second one but I was quickly proven wrong. Pippi was wittier and funnier in this book and the events had more feelings and emotions than the ones in the first installment. I would say you could just skip the first book and read this one, but that just wouldn’t be the same.

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Brigette Reviews The First Four Years

The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder


If you are reading this series with children, you should give this one a miss. It was published as Laura’s unedited manuscript after Rose (Laura and Almanzo’s daughter) died. The voice is so completely different in this one that it tarnished the rest of the series for me. I grew accustomed to the saccharine quality of them that this one felt almost bitter. There was never a shortage of hard times in the other books, but everything always seemed to right itself in the end. This one just felt hard and devoid of much joy or love. I want to go on believing the Ingalls family led a slightly charmed life together and that it didn’t stop when Laura became a Wilder. I hesitate to read the other two books Laura wrote for fear of more of the same as this one.

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Gable Reviews Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren


I was expecting this book to be very lame at first, but it was actually quite interesting. Pippi Longstocking was a very unique and interesting character, although she was occasionally a bit weird at times, that’s what made her so interesting. The plot was unique, too. I loved all the characters equally and I liked that Pippi said and did things that no normal person would say or do, let alone think of saying or doing. My favorite chapter was Chapter Eight because it had a very nice message that you can make friends with anyone, even evil robbers. I intensely loved this book and I am sure to read the next two books in the series as soon as I can.

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Brigette, Morgan and Gable Review Little Town On The Prairie

Little Town On The Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Brigette: Like the other books in the series, this one is chock full of interesting information from Laura Ingalls’ life in De Smet, South Dakota. What I would give to get my hands on Ma’s dressmaker’s chart! There are some exciting developments and everyone is growing up so fast! You may lose some of the younger readers on this one, but the older ones will definitely appreciate it.

Morgan: This book is one of my favorites of the Little House on the Prairie series. I found that I could relate to Laura a lot in this book. It explores what life was like as a teenaged girl in the pioneer period and is perfect for older girls interested in these times.

Gable: I loved this book at first but it got boring around the middle. The end was exciting and I cannot wait to read the next one in the series, although I do prefer the earlier ones over this one. This one is more about feelings and emotions, because Laura is getting older and experiencing more of those, but the others were more about their lifestyle, which I suppose I found more interesting somehow.

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Morgan Reviews Wildwood

Wildwood by Colin Meloy

Color Palette: (Morgan’s specialty)


Describe it in 25 words or less. Prue McKeel (an everyday Portlander) must pass the Impassable Wilderness in search of her baby brother, Mac, who was abducted by a murder of crows.

Genre: Drama/Action/Children’s Literature

What did you think of the illustrations? I thought that Carson Ellis’ simplistic, whimsical illustrations really suited the book.

Who was your favorite character and why? Prue because I could relate to her the most.

Who was your least favorite character and why? The Dowager Governess a.k.a Alexandra because she was selfish and evil.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It grabbed me almost immediately but in the middle of the book and towards the end, it started to get boring with all the battles and fighting.

Was it plot or character driven? More character driven.

What did you think of the ending? The ending rounded things up pretty well but definitely had opportunity for a second book.

What was the moral of the story? SSaving those you love takes courage and determination but in the end, it all pays off to have them around again.

Favorite quote: “You needn’t wear it all on your shoulders. Bigger events are in play, my dear … We must only follow, we must only follow.” – Iphigenia

What would you change? All the overly detailed battles.

Have you read other books in the series? Not yet but I intend to.

Who would you recommend it to? Those who loved Into the Woods by Lyn Gardner but wanted a bit more of a grown-up version with more drama and more battles, those who have siblings or those who love talking animals.

Craft/Activity: Make Aisling’s sling.

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Brigette Reviews Delirium

Delirium by Lauren Oliver


Describe it in 25 words or less. Love has been deemed a disease and a combination of the cure, fear tactics and brainwashing make sure it doesn’t cause any problems.

Any particular reason for choosing this book? The girls both rave on about Lauren Oliver, so I thought I’d try one of her novels.

Genre: Young Adult Literature

Who was your favorite and least favorite character and why? I could see where everyone was coming from in this book, but I didn’t have strong feeling for any of them. Perhaps that’s what a world without love is like.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? Although the book moves at a slow but steady pace, I found myself unable to put it down.

What did you think of the ending? I was told by the girls that Lauren Oliver’s endings were very touching and sweet, so I was bitterly disappointed by this one. It was not touching or sweet but rather harsh and open-ended.

What was the moral of the story? You need to decide for yourself what is right and what is wrong; don’t let society dictated that for you.

Favorite quote: “Hate isn’t the most dangerous thing. Indifference is.” – Alex

Have you read other books in the series? There are 2 more books in the series so far and a few spin-off character books. One look at Goodreads tells me I’ll be just as disappointed with the endings of the other books, so maybe I’ll just leave it there.

Would you like to see it adapted into a film? Any ideas on casting? They did attempt a TV series based on the book, but it never went to air. I think it’s a case of too much of the book being in the character’s head to translate well onscreen. Plus, how hard is it to get the characters right. Hana has BLONDE hair!!!!

Who would you recommend it to? I’d recommend this to all young people who are curious what it feels like to fall in love or to anyone who wants to relive those feelings. It’s also a great source of conversation starters and would be great for a book group.

Do you think love is a disease?

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Brigette, Morgan and Gable Review By The Shores Of Silver Lake

By The Shores Of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Color Palette: (Morgan’s specialty)

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Describe it in 25 words or less.

Brigette: The Ingalls family move to Silver Lake where they claim a homestead and begin to settle down.

Morgan: The continuation of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s pioneer-childhood adventures.

Gable: The adventures of Laura Ingalls continue in another exciting novel for all ages.


Brigette:Classic/Children’s Literature

Morgan: Classic/Children’s Literature/Historical

Who was your favorite character and why?

Brigette: Laura because the way in which she handles things is very admirable.

Morgan: Laura because she was fun, smart and the most relatable out of all the characters.

Gable: Laura because I could relate to her the most and she had her freedom and good times but she was also responsible and kind to others.

Who was your least favorite character and why?

Brigette: Pa because I feel like he doesn’t think things through.

Morgan: Mary because she was a little bit of a brat.

Gable: Mary because she was snotty with everyone.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?

Brigette: The first chapter was a rude shock and you hardly had time to get used to things before you were taken off somewhere else.

Morgan: All the Little House books are interesting from the beginning.

Gable: It was a like a smack in the face at the start because all of a sudden there’s all this bad stuff that happened. I kind of backed away a little bit from it because of that but it gets better and better as it goes on.

Was it plot or character driven?

Morgan: Slightly more on the character driven side.

What did you think of the ending?

Brigette: The ending made me feel a weird mixture of relief and uneasiness.

Morgan: Good.

Gable: A nice calm ending for a book with so much going on at once.

What was the moral of the story?

Brigette: The ending made me feel a weird mixture of relief and uneasiness.

Morgan: No matter where you live, you can still make it a home.

Favorite quote:

Morgan: “We’d never get anything fixed to suit us if we waited for things to suit us before we started.” – Pa

Gable: “Laura knew that she was not a little girl any more. Now she was alone and she had to take care of herself. When you must do that, you do it and then you are grown up.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

Did you learn anything?

Brigette: A bit about how railroads were built.

Have you read other books in the series?

Brigette: The girls and I are reading the Little House series together. You can see our review of Old Town In The Green Groves here.

Songs: Pa played a lot of songs on his fiddle in this book, but we could only find 3 for you to listen to.
Jingle Bells
The Gypsy’s Warning
Three Blind Mice

Who would you recommend it to?

Brigette: People who are reading the whole series or people interested in the lives of the pioneers.

Morgan: Those who have read the previous Little House books, those who are interested in the pioneers and their lifestyle or those who move house a lot.

Gable: People who are very interested in pioneer life on the prairie.

Number of unknown words:


Morgan: 7

Gable: 17

Craft/Activity: Learn how to knit mittens.

Sourdough Biscuits
Codfish Gravy

How many times have you moved house?

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